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    Admin | 8202 Limobus 14 Sept 2019

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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, license plates, other memorabilia, bus model collecting.

    Research and photography of urban transportation for archival and historical purposes.

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

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  1. 20 buses have been sidelined at GASH inside Garage 1 since the summer. I took the trouble to note these down: 20302 (VAD last signed 2 July 2020) 20407 20416 20403 20404 20413 20316 20308 20311 20409 20408 20417 20307 20412 20410 20405 20415 20320 20411 20418
  2. Accessibility violation 20932 on 28, sad! Some garage movements from tonight: 21010 and 21205 gash to galo 21707, 21839, 21851 galo to gash
  3. A few garage movements from tonight: GASH to GALO: 20808, 20811, 21108, 21119
  4. This afternoon Doordash wrap 21844 was on the 4!
  5. Thanks for the update. Sounds like Olymel has become an important trip generator. Perhaps a nod to SCM listed on 8558's roll sign?
  6. Did Cornwall program some COVID-19 P/R messages on their destination signs?
  7. ST Laval 1816 wrapped for Doordash, saw it on Le Corbusier central reserved lane in am rush on unknown route, and midday on the 63 One of the oldest buses and apparently brought back from the dead relatively recently: ST Laval 0105 on 65 am rush and 42 midday Lastly, one of the oldest buses in the Greater Montreal Area, ST Laval 0006 was seen deadheading near Montmorency Terminus midday as well.
  8. 40-901 road testing at Terminus Henri-Bourassa at 12 noon!
  9. Effective Monday 22 June 2020, summer booking begins at RTL. If you consider that the usual offer of service during the summer is 90% of full levels, we are going down to 68.5%. So in a sense, there will be more service but not much more. The TCV extras to back up the 45 and 90 remain the 5, 42, 44, 47, and 60. A communiqué went out last Friday (as usual in French only) describing the service changes coming up. https://rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/communiques/2020/nouvelle-offre-de-service-au-rtl-des-le-22-juin/ Probably the most salient news in all of this will be the return of service for the fake BRT routes 410 and 417, which means the 76 will see a return to weekday service. Seems like the 10 and 17 were not cutting it anymore on weekdays. It deserves to be said that the 170 has continued to maintain weekday service to Papineau station during the pandemic, which goes to show how appreciated this route is by its loyal customers. From an operations standpoint, management did not offer us a double booking ie we did not book another set of work "just in case" everything opens up and service ramps up to what would be considered normal. I do not wish to cause concern - the RTL has proven that they can set up a work selection with a few days notice and book all drivers within four days (at least in the case of GASH). So if everyone is to return to work, we should be ready. We are also waiting for plexiglass shields to be installed protecting drivers, so that we can finally start to collect fares. As you can imagine, this cannot begin until the shields are in place. As such, rear door boarding and alighting still remains in effect. I will miss this board period, it will have been the best "work" that I have ever done since getting behind the wheel almost 9 years ago. For those interested in our labour pool, we have avoided layoffs thankfully. It is difficult to speculate that, if/when the second wave hits, we will return to the tâche system of keeping senior excess drivers at home on standby. I imagine that management will not allow this to happen again. Oh and finally, 24 June and 1 July are stat holidays so you can expect Sunday level service.
  10. At worst, I'd imagine that the STM would take delivery of the completed order next year. There are plenty of examples of a series with the following year's VIN.
  11. SQ and SSL (signature sur le st Laurent) went back on their decision; the reserved lanes will only be functional on an as-needed basis. This came into effect last Monday. Transit is clearly not a priority as long as the shoulder can be used for radar traps.
  12. Last day of the Auto Parc as we know it: 7 June 2020 8 June, we move to the temporary terminal https://rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/avis-a-la-clientele/2020/demenagement-du-terminus-panama-le-8-juin-2020/ Thanks to @eclair14 for the heads up
  13. As of Tuesday, the Champlain Bridge bus lane is back during both rush hours and for both directions. Seems like increased traffic volumes have justified the change. I know that from driving my car the Victoria Bridge now offers two Montreal bound lanes in am rush but I am hesitant to comment on pm rush since I have seen nothing. In any case, route 55 is not running, nor are the majority of our rush hour routes (exceptions apply).
  14. Yesterday 21821 on 21 in pm rush and I drove 3 trips of 43 in 21843 last night... zzz !!!
  15. Accessibility violations 20540 and 20914 on the 6 21511 on 704 parc-gash driver shuttle
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