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SMS

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    Admin | STO 7901 operating in revenue service 29 May 2015

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    http://www.montrain.ca/yulbuscharters
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    YHU (Longueuil, QC)
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    President and Co-Founder, YUL Bus Charters (established 2005, operational 2006)

    Bus driver with Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) since February 2011.

    RTL is my first interest, all other companies - including those that I have chartered from - are secondary.

    Various collections of schedules, reports, flyers, maps, signs, fare media, other memorabilia, bus model collecting.

    Research and photography of urban transportation for archival purposes.

    All opinions expressed are my own and do not represent those of the RTL.

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  1. Today's Sightings

    Part of the problem is that the transportation commissions are trying to get away with running as little service as possible. In my context, there has been a drastic cut of standby positions, meaning that when the crap hits the fan, the company is poorly equipped to deploy resources in a timely fashion. There might also be an ingrained bias towards prioritizing service on one route versus several. If there is only one bouche-trou at Vendome, how best is he or she used? Serving honest working class citizens on the 90, or carrying baggage for money maker 747? I hate to say it, but complaints have to be sent out so that they get the message and address reliability. It is after repeated complaints that the guys at head office get fed up of you and address the problem. This is proven by abribus installation and the course of improvements to certain sectors as seen over time.
  2. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    I caught 21-246 running in to CT St Laurent Sunday night
  3. Today's Sightings

    My theory, the run is given out in overtime. If it is roulement (remplacement de congés), you could see one of these drivers at least two weekdays, the regular driver would get it at least three weekdays. OT can go out to other divisions so you could possibly have a bus driver on a route not of his centre and might be a little muddled. Or perhaps you have a brand new driver not used to dealing with impossible schedules and horrible traffic and detours galore! I get eyes rolled at me for being one minute late on Boucherville runs so I can't imagine how bad it must be to wait endlessly for the 90 and what attitude the driver gets. I feel very sorry for my colleagues who work for the STM and I believe they deserve every penny that they get.
  4. Cornwall Transit

    One thing is for sure, I will not advance the date of the charter. Astute enthusiasts will remember that we have already chartered 0359 once. If the bus is unavailable, we will simply charter an Orion VI. Thanks for the news however!
  5. STM 21-2XX Retirement Watch

    Hey guys Yesterday AM rush I saw 21-253 on the 168 as I was doing some overtime to TCV.
  6. Money talks and BS walks! We'll see eh? Here's hoping that this crap receives the same attention as Autoroute 13 extension to Aéroport Mirabel, yellow line extension to McGill, via-bus project to the east end, and other mothballed projects.
  7. Today's Sightings

    MR used to love interlining the 410/430 with the 51 back in the day when Turcot and surrounding areas was not such a pain in the ass as it is today. Perhaps the STM has had to re-evaluate their strategies. Here's an article that made its rounds on social media: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/actualites-en-societe/508898/des-chauffeurs-de-bus-habitues-a-la-violence-quotidienne
  8. Great news for RTL as issued in the following press release: http://www.rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/communiques/2017/phase-2-du-fonds-pour-l-infrastructure-de-transport-en-commun/ Salient facts 38 air conditioned hybrid electric buses will be acquired 4 electric buses will also be obtained but these will not be conventional buses of 40 ft length. Real time GPS tracking for buses will be enabled Other items to be studied Bike racks for buses More park and rides More reserved lanes Furthermore, this press release announces more service improvements: http://www.rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/communiques/2017/chantiers-routiers-dans-la-grande-region-metropolitaine-/ NEW ROUTE between Stationnement de Mortagne and Métro Longueuil NEW ROUTE to Gare Longueuil St-Hubert Longer hours on the Champlain Bridge reserved lane in AM rush More service to Terminus Montarville New park and ride in Boucherville near Samuel de Champlain Street I hope this means more job security for us and of course better services rendered to the people that we serve.
  9. Terminus Mansfield

    Recently, there has been so much traffic in the TCV environs that we have been given special permission to offload RTL buses at Terminus Mansfield (aka TCV 2). Since the routing was revised, the drivers were paid an extra hour for their trouble. It seems idiotic that we are forced to do a conga line to actual TCV when a perfectly good and EMPTY terminal is sitting right there unused. Drivers are not interested in having passengers breathe down their necks for ten minutes waiting to enter the terminal.
  10. Today's Sightings

    I am guessing that the wheelchair zone now also incorporates strollers, but I am sure that you already know that. I disagree with your assessment. There are strict guidelines for tardiness in the collective agreement. In the context of where I work, if we are late just one minute, we are docked pay and benefits for the day, and we are merely paid for hours worked (IE you lose your 8 hour guarantee). The work will be filled almost immediately by a standby driver. It is possible for the late driver to become standby and wait for any available work. Usually in training, you get used to reporting on time and arriving early. I would not be surprised if people were excused from continuing training if they were repeatedly late, after all if they cannot be bothered to show up on time, what happens when he or she becomes a driver? Continued late reports will be met by disciplinary measures.
  11. Your question was answered in the charter thread.
  12. Free Transit Days

    More free bus rides... for transit employees! Effective 1 October 2017, the entente for free transit between certain Sociétés de transport (Laval, Lévis, Longueuil, Montréal, Québec, and commuter trains in the Montréal Area) has been expanded to the ARTM (formerly CIT, CRT, and OMIT) systems on the north and south shores! The only exception being MRC de Joliette. Oh well. What more reason do you need to joint our team!
  13. CIT Sightings

    Exactly, in fact I saw 3065-30-7 Tuesday afternoon at Métro Longueuil.
  14. Today's Sightings

    Fantastic news, we can finally see out the windshield from the back of the bus! The wheelchair zone always blocked the view.
  15. CTHF 2017 Fan Trips

    Thanks Kevin for your hard work in hosting these great events. Could you please also post the Codiac group picture? We sure enjoyed eating our way through the Maritimes!
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