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  1. Hey, guys. Since I haven't found anything detailed on the transit in Rouyn-Noranda, I was wondering if anyone here familiar with the operations up there would be kind enough to fill me in on how things work up there. With the limited info I could find, there's four routes and only two buses to operate the entire system. I know of the two Novas that they run and that the Orion Is were sold to Tremblant, but how do they manage to run things up there? I would be safe to assume that one bus does the two routes within the city itself and another does the route to Noranda based on a hunch I had looking at the maps. That leaves the Manutex route. Any idea how they run this or if they have anything else besides 6387-6388 or if they use vehicles from another Maheux division for it? And onto Val-D'Or. I've heard about the Taxibus system and found a few contractors who run it? What's the setup around there? Other than a few addresses and phone numbers from a few contractors and the Maheux yard, I haven't found anything pertaining to schedules or maps. What sort of fleet would they be running up there? The reason I'm asking this is because I'm gonna be going up there during the first week of September (I have family up there) and will be touring around and documenting whatever I can up there. I just want to know what to expect. If I can, I'll try to build a dossier on both and give the information to the board when I get back home so that the Wiki can be updated for future reference. I'll appreciate any info you people might have. Thanks.
  2. 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.
  3. Is there anything new happening at Barrie Transit?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Can't wait to see what the livery will look like. :3
  15. When you consider a ride down a rural road at 90km/h in a D40LF "fast".
  16. 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.
  17. MTB maybe?
  18. Went to the Santa Claus Parade as I do every year, but it got rained out really bad. I left halfway through it. However, I have the first picture of the 2016 Barrie Transit holiday bus. 1602 has been wrapped in it and the staff decorated her as a float this year. Another bus featured as a float was 2016 Blue Bird Vision charter package 2246, of Sinton-Landmark. I believe this one may be a York Region bus that was sent up here to be this year's float. My pics of that one are shite though, because of water on the lens and water on my glasses, but for the sake of the photographic record, I'll include it. Both pics were taken next to the Cenotaph and Christmas tree, but I bailed after these shots because the rain became too cold and hard.
  19. I attended Remembrance Day ceremonies Downtown today, and then once that was done, I spotted all the charters. Charters were spotted at the assembly area at Dunlop and Mulcaster as well as the Simcoe Street tour bus parking area across the street from the Downtown bus station (Stop 1), as well as several buses laying over on Mary Street that were unrelated to the ceremonies. At Dunlop and Poyntz (Bayshore Landing, BT Stop 731), I spotted three buses doing charters for the Canadian Forces and other veterans. Barrie Transit 1601 (2016 Novabus LFS), signed "SPECIAL", unknown who specifically was to use it. First Student Canada Saunders Division 110899 (2011 International CE) and 150499 (2015 Thomas C2) At the Simcoe Street slip across from the Barrie bus station (Stop 1), I spotted the following. Sinton-Landmark Transportation Ltd 2250 (2015-2016 International CE charter package with Cummins), 1256, 1231, 1276, 1210 (2013-2014 International CE with Maxxforce), 1313 (2015 International CE standard package with Cummins), 9912 (2004 Freightliner-Thomas FS65 with Mercedes engine, rear air ride, air brakes and high roof), and 2225 (2006 Thomas-Freightliner FS65 with Mercedes engine and full charter package). When I arrived at the terminal, I spotted 1601 shut-down on the bus ramp waiting to depart on the charter, as well as D40LF 1940, and two unidentifiable coaches, one Greyhound 102DL3 in older livery and one GO D4500CT in current livery on layover on Mary Street. 1940 was still parked at the station when I finished up. 1602 was on Route 2, and both Eldorados were on the 4. I rode 1205 to get Downtown then got 1204 on the way back. I would post more pics, but it would take up too much memory, so here's a couple of 1601 parked at the terminal before the ceremony as well as at the Poyntz Street assembly area after the ceremony.
  20. I went downtown today as well and spotted those two out. Also got a Hammond Mercedes and the Angel Tours "HALO" X3-45. 1601 was on the 7 while 1602 was on the 6. I didn't notice too many differences between those and the 15s.
  21. I'm planning on heading out tomorrow to buy a new ride card, if I can I'll do the 3:00 to 4:00 rush to see what comes through. I plan to head out for Remembrance Day though, we do it every year my gramps and I, and I make an effort to spot during the event.
  22. Ah, thanks for the info. Hopefully I'll be able to go out on the road soon and get those 16s. I wonder whether they've switched to Allison or if they're still ZF like the 15s? Last week, a friend and I took a ride out to Angus on Route 90A. 1940 was our vehicle, and I filmed the whole trip from the front seat out the windshield. On a railway-related note, the closed down section of the Barrie-Collingwood Railway west of the CPR diamond in Utopia is being used to store those freight cars that Barrie is making money on. They go from just west of the CPR diamond to about 200 metres east of the 5th line crossing in Angus. And 1940 was a beast on that trip, one thing I really forget about is how the speed is more pronounced in a transit bus when you're doing "high speed", above 70km/h. Another thing I've been curious of, is Route 11. In the beginning their plan was to put one of the Eldorados on that route, but nowadays I see both the Eldorados on either my local 4A-4B or on Route 90. I wonder whether they purchased a new Arboc for 11 or if they've finally converted 1104 back to conventional? Doesn't make sense at all to put a 40ft on that small route? I haven't had a chance to follow it at all since I'm quite far away from Park Place and I've had some stuff in the family to deal with...
  23. So last we heard there was a 2016 LFS on the way to Barrie. Has anybody seen one in town yet? Or anything else like leasers for that matter? I haven't been able to go on the road for a while, so I'm totally out of the loop. Was gonna try to go out today but couldn't.
  24. I went Downtown on Monday for business, and took the bus. 1304 was on the 8B that I took, and I noticed that they have external announcements on some of them now. Not sure of the vendor, but it's probably Trapeze. The voice sounded a lot like the one that comes with the INIT externals on GO buses that I've rode on in the last year.
  25. There's an article in the newspaper this week, talking about this. According to the Barrie Advance, the plan is to roll out these routes over five years. Route 1 - Midland-Barrie will be the first next year, Barrie-Orillia Route 3 in 2018, Collingwood-Barrie in 2019 and the Midland-Orillia and Bradford-Alliston routes in 2020. I must say that I'm looking forward to this, and will be on the first run to Midland, whenever that is.