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  1. I read a really old website while searching around Google about some Swiss who drove around the world in an 80s Toyota Landcruiser I believe with Zurich plates, and one of their stops was in St. Pierre. They did have to buy carte verte to drive on the island, and back then they were able to drive there because they loaded their car on a freighter from Fortune, then took the passenger ferry while their truck was on the freighter. I have a feeling some sort of changes will happen now once this new ferry gets going, simply because if the current system is really cumbersome and bureaucratic, they'll probably be overwhelmed in the first year of the car ferry simply because there'll be too many cars, both SPM and Canadian, that will want to try this if it gets popular, and if the bureaucracy creates like a 3 hour lineup at the port because the entire ferry is trying to fill out paperwork, something will have to change. Like maybe streamline the process or something like that. Compared to having one or two foreign cars coming every year or two years mixed in with some SPM or Newfoundland-registered trailers hauling imports back when the Swiss did it, they'll probably have between 3 transports to 13 cars a day or multiple times a day depending on how popular the ferry gets. I also read that the plan is that with the new ro-ro fast-cats that were mentioned on here, there's plans for one to go to Newfoundland from St. Pierre and another one from St. Pierre to Langlade-Grand-Miquelon. So next year it'll probably be possible to drive the whole territory in your car or for bus tours to explore the place.
  2. On my first trip on Maheux in 2012, I noticed signs at the Maheux agents on the outskirts of Rouyn (as far south as Rollet) advertising this service called "Transport Le Nomade". At the time it seemed pretty bare bones, the driver I rode with up to Rouyn on my first trip explained to me how it works, and what kind of service would run to serve that end of Rouyn: his once a day bus to North Bay that leaves Rouyn in the morning and comes back at night, which would be completely impractical for somebody from south of Rouyn who wanted to use Nomade to get into town for business or whatevs. Now it seems that they have more schedules available, and while they still issue special tickets that can be used on certain Maheux services within the TE limits of Rouyn-Noranda, it seems they've added routes outside the TE into other MRCs, and based on my limited rusty knowledge, it seems that they probably match drivers with riders like I've seen in other towns, and the "route" and "schedule" is run by a private driver with his or her own car according to the schedule, or perhaps an independent owner-operator who has a van like a Transit or Promaster who got the contract for it. They do appear to run a set route though. I'll be going back up there next year, I might talk my family into showing me around transit there, definitely will wanna ride both Novas as well as try this service here if they run anything interesting, like maybe a G5 minibus or a Transit or Promaster 15-passenger van.
  3. Agreed, it's more of an embarrassment on the part of Nova than anything else. It still runs good.
  4. Yeah, I know that, but it does seems pretty weird when something that's practically brand-new is already rusting, like. It's probably covered by warranty anyways, but doesn't seem good when it's rusting and not even 6 months old yet.
  5. Actually, the plates on SPM cars have the French Euroband with the EU flag on them if you examine the plate of the buses closer, so they could be a part of the EU but not part of Schengen. SPM also uses the Euro, so they're part of the Eurozone. I think only places part of the EU are allowed to use the EU flag on their license plates, so if EPM wasn't in the EU, the plates would look the same as they did in the 90s before the Euroband became standard on French license plates. French Guiana in South America for instance is a part of the EU, uses the Euro, but isn't part of Schengen for whatever reasons they have. There's a few cases of EU countries not being part of Schengen, like the UK for instance, either because they don't want to (GB) or are in the long process of joining it, like some of the Eastern European countries in the 2000s, along with some non-EU countries being in Schengen, such as Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and the microstates in the Alps and Pyrenees. Being in the EU or being an overseas territory of an EU country doesn't automatically grant you access to it, nor does being outside of EU exclude you from it, but there is a process taking years that you need to join. Visas and passport requirements are up to each territory, but since they're fully integrated into the French system, the license plates, road signs, police and use of the Euro being the most poignant examples, they are in the EU but not Schengen.
  6. Since there's no requirement for a passport or visa for Canadian citizens coming in on the ferry, I wouldn't think that SPM is part of Schengen, so there may be relaxed rules for Canadian cars at least in the beginning, and perhaps later on they'll allow American cars on the island too. They already have a lot of American-spec cars on the islands already. Hearing this news is a god-send to me though! Now I have two goals in my life, to be the first Ontario-plated car on the island, and eventually be on a tour bus from my area (basically either Hammond, Angel, ONR, Tisdale or Maheux) on that island on a tour.
  7. That's the same Google search I've done last night. I think there might be two TC3000s shown here. There's the plain one in the bottom photo parked next to the FS65, and then SPM 819B is another different, albeit more well-photographed vehicle. It has decals on it as well as Alcoa chrome rims. If you look at the pic of 819B's rear end, I can see what looks like a Saf-T-Liner EF parked next to it. I did my Google search in French, so was able to pull up more, including pics of SPM 819B unloading children in centre of town, with lights activated.
  8. (Delete or move to Worldwide if needed, I'm posting here because I think there'd be more people who know about what I'm looking for here than in World) Hey, there. I normally post on the Ontario threads, but figured I'd try here first to see if anybody locally would know what I'm looking for. I've been playing with the idea of a trip to St. Pierre and Miquelon since last night, after discovering the ferry and really liberal travel requirements (to me they kinda remind me of what travel to the States used to be in the 80s and 90s, apparently Canadian citizens only need a government ID card [driver's license for instance] according to the ferry company's page) and what seems to be a relatively low cost and low-hassle experience compared to driving south to the States or flying across the Atlantic. Doing a quick Google search last night, I discovered that SPM uses school buses there, mostly older ex-Quebec buses with MTQ specs on them, operating on French SPM plates, that mainly are Blue Birds and Thomas buses purchased from Girardin and other dealers. I pretty much have that nailed down now, but doing more of a search I've been trying to find anything about public transit on the islands. I know there's tours and stuff, there's probably a shuttle that runs from St. Pierre to the Miquelon airport if my hunch is right, and probably route taxis connecting the villages on the backroads off the main road, but even when I tried searching in French (basically using "st. pierre Miquelon transport en commune" and variations of it) I couldn't find information on it. I know it's a really small island, but I'd imagine that they do at least have something running there in terms of public transit? I'm wondering whether anybody from Newfoundland or Nova Scotia or anywhere for that matter would know more than what Google knows? I would prefer details in terms of what they run, companies, and routes, but since this place isn't really on the radar of the transit community, even just a general summary or local knowledge from even years ago would be helpful. Of course I wouldn't just be looking at buses there, but I'll definitely see everything historical and cultural that needs to be seen as well. Apart from my travels to Abitibi-Temiscamingue in northern Quebec, I've never been out of Ontario (took a trip to Soo Michigan as a toddlerbut I don't remember a thing nor have any photos from it, so it doesn't count for me), so I'd probably include it as part of a stop on a trip to the Maritimes or something. Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it.
  9. The local CTV News station also had a report about this partnership that I watched. I must say that it'll be interesting to see how this plays out, and hopefully people will use it. I obvs can't use it because I don't have a smartphone, nor can I afford one, but at least it's a start. I heard they're still wanting to partner with the town's two taxi companies to build on this project, would be interesting to see what comes out of it. I think a minibus from Barrie South station to Big Bay Point may be in order, as that area's growing pretty good and is already somewhat developed and easy to get to, but if any bus links Barrie to Innisfil, it'll probs go to Stroud and Alcona first.
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  11. Yeah, I noticed that with the 06, 07 and 08 D40LFs that they had the red seats. I took a few rides on the 4 with one of my drivers the last few weeks, and we talked about the 04s, and he said most of the drivers don't wanna see these buses go because they're so basic and good for them to drive and don't have any crap in them. it'll be a shame to see these go, those and the 06s are the last classic-style buses in the fleet. If I had the money for it, I'd buy one of them and preserve it, but ah, well. Hopefully next year's Novas will be better than the ones we have now. When I was Downtown last week, I saw one of the 16 Novas, and the left side engine cover's already rusting! I'm not gonna bother with photo updates for a while unless something interesting happens, it's pretty boring around here right now. Unless my friend gets the 06s or 07s, then I'll try to get interior pics. Idk... I think the 07s might be running better too. Before they smelled like burning oil, but now they don't smell bad. I remember a year ago we'd be following those in our car and the smell of the re-gen would go into our car, with our windows closed.
  12. A common transit dream I get is arriving at the old transit station in Timmins and seeing the old blue and white Fishbowls there, and I'm manic trying to get pictures of them all and then when I'm ready to download them and post them I end up waking up back into real life and it hits like a tonne of bricks.
  13. While I have done many awesome things in transit since I found Facebook, there's lots of regret going as far back as childhood. -Not getting enough quality photos of Timmins Transit's original Fishbowl fleet when they ruled the roads, so far I believe only 5 out of the original 20 were photographed in their original livery. In contrast, I pretty much covered Barrie Transit and the school bus companies in Simcoe County and Timmins from 2004 onward, and had the opportunity to photograph the last two original Timmins fishies as well as all their second-hand ones. If I had foresight back in the day, I would've probably gotten those single-use cameras to take pictures with using the old pictures I used to see online as a template on how to do it. When I first got my digital camera in 2004, right away I knew how to take good photos because I studied the way buses were posed on sites such as the old GTBP, TransiTalk (now TTMG), the two really old Western sites, and a few sites from HK, New York and LA. -not going to Toronto or Newmarket more often when I was in high school and had the chance. Back then I would've been in two-stroke heaven, with TTC's awesome rigs from the 80s and early-90s, and Newmarket's fleet of 35ft Fishbowls and Orion Is. Nowadays whenever there's a bus I wanna ride, I go for it, because I don't want more regret. -not having a decent digital video camera until 2009. If I had one, I would've made plenty of video of Barrie's small two-stroke fleet as well as of the Northlander and her shuttles from Matheson to Timmins that I frequently rode right up until the end, which used to get 1993 102C3s powered by two-stroke 6V92TAs and 7-speed standards. However, early on I was given a cassette recorder and was able to get recordings of these MCIs, as well as a few of Barrie Transit's two-strokes, and I'll forever cherish these tapes. Thankfully I was also on the last run of the Northlander and managed to make a decent YouTube project out of it, with that ride also starting my "volunteer" plan-writing career for various rail and transit groups in my area over the years. I didn't get any proper video cameras until 2012 and 2013, with my 2012 one being a DSLR that I used as a video camera, and then my lovely JVC HD camcorder in 2013. Was also fortunate to have been invited on the charter of 65400 after meeting cmc12 by chance on the 33 Innisdale during Christmas 2011, and am glad to have gotten video of 654 both on 32 Bayview in service as well as during the charter. -almost had another regret added to my list, but finally got to ride a 9400-series Orion V on her last run with a trip arranged at the last minute when I had some money available. Plan to ride YRT's Vs next, hopefully this summer, and my dream is to either own a YRT or TTC Orion V (Cummins-powered of course), or something else I like. I'm serious about wanting to own a bus, and it's my dream.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.