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  1. My guess is around that time Timmins, Ontario got their first Novas, and since Timmins is the closest system to Rouyn with comparable types of buses, they probably went there to have a look at 82 and 85 and decided to not repeat the mistakes that were made in southern Quebec. That's a hunch though, I could be right, I could be wrong.
  2. Two years later, and sitting at home bored, I thought I'd share my pictures and what I observed in Rouyn. In September 2014 after I finished my visit with my dad, we drove to the Maheux station in Rouyn-Noranda from Amos in my sister's car, and while I was waiting to board the bus to North Bay (1295, a 2001 H3-45 according to the Wiki), the two Rouyn-Noranda Novas showed up twice within 15 minutes. Looking at the schedules on the bus stop across the street from the coach docks, I noticed that it only takes 15 minutes for one route to be completed, which is why outside of rush hour the bus rotates between routes. 6387 and 6388 were of course the buses on duty at the time, and it appears as though they were customised, which when you look at trucking and the independent school bus industry in Abitibi, it is very common to see engine logos and chrome on some of the more expensive buses around there (like Type D charter packages for instance), they love their chrome. One thing that I took interest in, that I never seen in pictures taken in southern Quebec, is it appears the "Priorite" signs on the back of the two 2006 Novas is fitted with flashers on them. Not sure how they work though, they don't seem to flash when the turn signal activates though. Overall it was a good trip, while I was there I went to Senneterre to see CN, caught an Ontario Northland freight in Evain on his way to the Noranda yards next to Horne, and saw countless buses and trucks which are quite rare in Ontario, a Thomas EF owned by Autobus Begin of St-Felix-du-Dalquier, a TX3 charter package of Gilles Paquette in Fabre during a rest stop on the way back to Ontario, several Blue Bird Visions at the Petro-Can truck stop on the 117/101 on the outskirts of Rouyn, one was Maheux and the rest were TSRN, and I photographed the J.P. Berube fleet in Amos at their yard. I made a trip back last year, didn't do much fanning though, I focused more on history, culture and geography while I was in Amos. My only finds bus wise there was the two Maheux buses I rode to and from Rouyn on, a rare-80s Campwagon in Barraute (which I'm thinking of buying), a TSRN C2 and two Transport Adapte buses in Amos that I spotted as I was photographing the cathedral. Next year if I get the chance, I might ask my dad or my sisters to take me for a ride on Rouyn-Noranda's buses.
  3. http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7105998-clearview-transit-driver-faces-impaired-charge-after-crash/ Clearview's bus is smashed up and is impounded for 7 days according to the article. CTV Barrie just had a report about this on TV a little bit ago, so I googled to find out more.
  4. Went to Winterfest yesterday, and checked out the Barrie Transit booth on the north side of the event. 1602 was there for people to look inside, as I did, and I took some pics of the interior. Unfortunately I did not get a make on what was running the parking shuttle, but it was probably one of the 2016 or 2015 Novas running it, as a guess of mine. I asked them about whether the Family Day special to Midhurst was gonna run again this year, and it won't be run. According to the staff, there were only six people aboard the whole day when it ran last year, including me and my Grampa. Also there were quite a few 04 D40LFs on the road yesterday, I got to ride on them both to head Downtown and to head home. 1602 is starting to have a bit of a history with me. Was the first 2016 I rode when a friend visited me, then I rode it once this week and saw it again yesterday, having a lot of fun both times I was on it.
  5. http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/7073426-simcoe-county-s-regional-transit-plan-will-save-province-millions/ According to this latest article, Route 1 should be on the road by this Fall.
  6. Hammond runs the service, but currently it's not under any government contract. It's an OHTB-regulated service that Hammond took over when they purchased Getaway Coach, which in turn used to be operated by PMCL and Greyhound back in the day. I have a feeling that this route will be going the way of the dinosaurs though once the County starts Route 1 this year, as it only makes one trip a day on weekdays and four trips on weekends, while the County's route will be more frequent, and much cheaper.
  7. Hammond briefly ran the three ex-Getaway Coach Lines ex-GO XL-IIs when they first took over the company a few years ago. Last pics I saw of them was of 928-930 parked at the Bracebridge yard with the plates removed. I'm not familiar with what the interior looked like, but don't think they had fareboxes in them, at least when I saw them running. nowadays they run whatever's available, everything from coaches, to activity buses and even Sprinters and cutaways.
  8. At least the combo would mean maybe having Orion Vs in Newmarket, but we can't go with something like this just for the sake of that. I'm not sure how faster this would be compared to VIVA Blue between Finch and Newmarket, but last December me and some friends decided to drive up Yonge Street from Toronto to Barrie by car, and even north of Finch it was slow. I also noticed that the VIVA and YRT buses on Yonge were as jammed up in traffic as we were, so even though I've never taken the 98/99, I could imagine that they weren't going faster than we were. However, once the rapidway's online, the Blue won't have to worry about traffic anymore as they'll be separated and controlled by priority signals. I wonder whether the 300/320 combo's use of Highway 407 and the 404's HOV lanes as well as the lesser amount of stops inbetween would make any difference in speed and punctuality though compared to Blue up Yonge Street?
  9. http://www.ourmidland.ca/general-news/shared-news/shared-beausoleil-first-nation-looking-to-expand-transit-options-2016-10-06 Apparently Beausoleil First Nation (Christian Island) wants in on the transit action too? And this is the first I've heard of an existing bus service from them? Wonder if they're using their late-model Thomas HDX for this or one of their cutaways? EDIT: Looks like they use a Ram ProMaster (Fiat Ducato) minibus for this route.
  10. http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Orion/VI/Burlington/Ontario/5_28480977_20110304063946741/?ms=heavy_trucks&ursrc=hl&orup=31_15_87 Milton 9901 the Orion VI is for sale right now at a dealer in Burlington. No idea when it was listed, and it commands a high price, but this is probably the first old transit bus I've seen listed that could be driven off the lot if one had money for her.
  11. http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Orion/VI/Burlington/Ontario/5_28480977_20110304063946741/?ms=heavy_trucks&ursrc=hl&orup=31_15_87 Milton Transit 9901 (the Orion VI) is listed on AutoTrader for sale right now. No idea when the listing was made, but it can be yours for what you'd normally pay to get a new car these days.
  12. Can't wait to see what the livery will look like. :3
  13. When you consider a ride down a rural road at 90km/h in a D40LF "fast".
  14. With the early homebound days on the 23rd and 30th of December this year, this means in the final days of 2016, I'll be able to get four days and between 13 and 20 trains in daylight in winter, which I'm looking forward to.
  15. MTB maybe?