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  1. How the Boeing 737 Max groundings made Swoop's operational problems even worse The Financial Post
  2. The Saaremaa, renamed MV Saaremaa I entered service in Matane yesterday morning, bringing a closure to the peculiar ferry service gap, filled with planes and unadequate boats. The STQ has chartered (really cheap) flights between Mont-Joli (YYY), Baie-Comeau―Pointe-Lebel (YBC) and Sept-Îles (YZV) with either Q100's and Q400's until July 31st, after what only the sea route will remain. For the moment, it appears that the STQ just slapped their logo on the sides of the ship, but I heard they also made some changes to the interior and signage ― which was not on par with Transport Canada rules. The return of MV F.-A.-Gauthier is expected by the end of 2019. Saaremaa will then be kept as a relief vessel for this and the other high sea or high volume routes, such as Rivière-du-Loup―Saint-Siméon or Tadoussac―Baie-Sainte-Catherine. I captured its first departure on my way to work, with a belevedere telescope. Other STQ news : VCA L'Esprit-de-Pakuashipi is out of service for an indefinite time, due to mechanical problems Québec-Lévis route schedule was dumped due to excess ridership (Schadenfreude!). Vessels just leave when full.
  3. Your calculation is not quite right. The CPI is a composite index. If you want to compare apples, you have to isolate the apples : you cannot take the whole fruit salad! Prices of non-durable goods and services evoluted differently from durable goods. For $ 1.19 of restaurant food in 1973, you would get the equivalent of $ 9.45 in 2019 (decent price for a top blade or top round steak, though these cuts are not to find in restaurants anymore...).
  4. Water leaking into tunnels is a common occurrence (the Dow's Lake tunnel leaks like crazy). Derailments are a little more serious and not quite as common. Indeed. Groundwater and efflorescence are still a thing. Permanent pumping is not a 'problem', but a solution to natural infiltration. Here's the ceiling of a Montréal metro station before its rebuild, 50 years after opening.
  5. Are you forgetting that Ottawa's had LINTS for 4 years now? 😁 Talent I are mostly phased out of DB and ÖBB operations, on the other side of the pond, replaced by II and III generations. Anyways, TALENT is an acronym, and stands for Talbot leichter Nahverkehr Triebwagen or "Talbot's lighter commuter/local multiple unit". Some may say Trillium line is closer to a a European suburban/commuter rail or S-Bahn service than a tram-train or any kind of light rail stricto sensu, and that is somewhat the original purpose of Talbot shops' flagship product. The fact that it's used on regional lines just proves its sturdiness and versatility.
  6. Gouvernement du Québec will invest 315 M$ over the next year in rail infrastructure (it's 10% of the infrastructure budget). Greatest sum (85M$) is allotted to Chemin de fer de la Gaspésie, which suffered from major washouts due to Arthur and Irene hurricanes, as well as several autumnal tidal surges. The money will cover some reconstruction and perhaps some rerouting between Port-Daniel and Caplan, giving access to some major industries, a concrete plant among them. The railway in Chandler. Photo : Radio-Canada Other investments : Québec Central Railway maintenance; Roberval subdivision extension beyond the Mistassini River in Dolbeau-Mistassini. I believe the Maria-Chapdelaine RCM, not the CN, is the sponsor of this extension, for it will serve some medium and heavy industries in Mistassini, as well as an intermodal node; Speaking of intermodality, the Baie-Comeau intermodal facilities will get its share of the dough. It's quite critical, as while the truck ferry is unreliable, the rail ferry is healthy and running; Some funding for the Lac-Mégantic bypass.
  7. The Matane―Côte-Nord black streak goes on and on and on... M.V. Apollo was retired today, by order of the Transportation Safety Bureau, after having hit both Godbout and Matane loading ramps in two weeks of service. The damage was considerable, but the general condition of the ship was declared beyond navigability by the TSB mandarins : security is compromised by a good amount of electrical, mechanical and structural failures. Labrador Marine is under investigation; such a ship would never have set sail if the TSB has been notified of such a state, even before the sale to the STQ. https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/regional/201903/19/01-5218859-le-traversier-apollo-retire-lenquete-setend-au-vendeur.php Plane service is expected to begin soon, but that's another puzzle.
  8. It's not because it does not work as you are used to that it's worthless. Opus is a ticket media rather than stored-value because there is a comprehensive fare integration throughout Québec and Montréal metro areas ― which has not been the case for other regions (Ottawa, Toronto-Hamilton). The late AMT engineered fare integration between systems and Québec metropolitan communitu forces systems to accept the Laissez-passer métropolitain on its territory, whilst Metrolynx opted for discounted transfers. Stored-value card is hence useless for 99.9% of the Montréal customership, as a zone 5 exo pass, for example, gives access to all systems and destinations between Mirabel and Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Sainte-Martine and Repentigny, Hudson and Calixa-Lavallée, at bargain price. And at 170$, it's a damn good deal. Same thing for Québec, where a commuter can do Stoneham-Lévis using 4 different systems with the same 137$ pass. Now the lack of exo train+bus tickets is something to rant about, but it's another story... and it's so easy to fix!
  9. I'd say it aims more at the 410/430 customership, but one can legitimately think it accounts for a REM mitigation measure. Mascouche peaked in ridership growth (stable for 2016-2017, no numbers yet for 2018), but the demand in commuting from the eastern tip is on the upside. With work upcoming on Métropolitaine, Notre-Dame, Louis-H-Lafontaine and Mont-Royal tunnels, the only space remaining for transit offer growth is on the water ― or in the old CN right-of-way the AMT bought for its Via-Bus transitway... but that's another story! STQ does not name its crossings. It's likely to be called Pointe-aux-Trembles ― Vieux-Montréal.
  10. "I thought I taw a puddy tat"... Ex-STM Crestline cutaway now Dionne 5x operating for Transport collectif de la Matanie in beautiful Gaspésie. Caught with its old coat, before Matanie lettering comes.
  11. A new player in the transit game of the Greater Montréal area was announced this morning : Société des Traversiers coming to Montréal this spring, with contracted route between PAT and Old Port. Topic here :
  12. Former Pointe-aux-Trembles―Rivière-des-Prairies mayoress and actual minister for the Montréal Metropolitan Area announced that the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) will undertake the ferry project linking Pointe-aux-Trembles (well, well...) to Old Montréal. Service terms, according to tender : Mid-may to mid-october over the next three years Operation between 6 AM and 10 PM 30-minutes frequency at rush hour, 60-minutes off-peak Ships with seating for 100, and accommodation for 30 bicycles Shelters and terminals to be provided by the STQ Fares determined by the ARTM, likely between 3.25$ and 4.25$ as it operates between exo zones 1 and 3, concurrently with STM services Likely to link Saint-Jean-Baptiste/Notre-Dame (STM 86, 189, 410 ― exo L'Assomption 300) to Jacques-Cartier pier (STM 715 + 10 min walk from Champ-de-Mars) This is the Exporateur shuttle provided by Navark for last pilot project, according to Radio-Canada ― too small for the tender requirements. Navark is a highly potential operator, with 7 semi-subsidized shuttles operating during summer in the Greater Montréal area. Just wishing you guys luck, as the STQ services are a real cluster?!@#$ down here!
  13. MV Apollo crashed onto the Godbout ramp last week. This is not a joke.
  14. They wanted to replace the Gullivers and introduce 30 footers on some lines. The Ecolobus replacement is caducous. There are many stop-and-go lines that monpolize 40-footers where a 30-ft (or cutaway) would suffice ― 32, 34, 52, 61, 72, 82, 85, among others ―; nevertheless, it seems that inner-city lines are targeted (1? 4? 11? 19? 28?). The Van Hool bid was the lower, but, seriously, I doubt there were that many manufacturers that could provide. The order is of 64 units. The seating config looks a lot like the Vicinities
  15. Deeply, wholeheartedly sorry for your loss. The trigger warning and time pinpoint were there to protect viewers from potential trauma and show only what pertains to this board. For the record, most news report (at least TVA, RadCan and CTV) did show the first minutes of that exact clip at the time, highlighting the courageous and heroic manners of the failed rescuer.
  16. While browsing through MDDELCC stuff to show my students, I stumbled upon the TAGA 6000 unit in service corner Saint-Hubert and Émile-Journault in Montréal in 2016. Surprised to even see it still on the road. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_ec02Ko9lI&t=5m8s TW trapped people actually dying in an explosion and people unable to save them losing their mind about it
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  18. MV Apollo entered service today in Matane. STQ is to sell MV Apollo once it acquires MV Saaremaa as a relief for NM F. A. Gauthier, and other high-volume routes. Ironically, MV Saaremaa is a sister to Qajaq W, who replaced MV Apollo between Newfoundland and Québec. According to Radio-Canada, the only offer STQ received for the Apollo is a request of 2M$ to get rid of her...
  19. As expected, Pascan does not offer YHU/YTZ scheduled flights since July 2018. On the other hand, it leases a Dash-8 Q-100 from ChronoJet for its YHU/YWK service. Picture by Georges Pradel
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