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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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).
  6. Yesterday 21821 on 21 in pm rush and I drove 3 trips of 43 in 21843 last night... zzz !!!
  7. Accessibility violations 20540 and 20914 on the 6 21511 on 704 parc-gash driver shuttle
  8. Accessibility violation live, the pm 177 is 20522
  9. Finally the lack of seating actually served a purpose! Yesterday PM rush 747 Airport Bus 29-149 on eb 215!
  10. Yesterday PM rush, I saw youse guys fave bus 22-215, it was ET facing EB on H-Bourassa behind Parkway Plaza just before Halpern.
  11. Yes. Sorry for the delayed response. That is for drivers only. I prefer to sign up the bus as Garage with PR code for NAVETTE so that customers do not get misled. In other news, if you see old buses out at night and on weekends, do not be surprised. A directive to this effect was sent out a few weeks ago. The idea is to save the newest buses with ac for when they will be needed in the summer. So this is merely an exercise in balancing out the km. COVID-19 booking continues for the foreseeable future. When there are changes, I will write an update. With the premier yesterday extending the shutdown by a week in the Greater Montreal Area, all drivers remain on spareboard with weekday service called holiday +. Weekend service remains the same. Finally, I would like to state for the record that an unofficial extra numbered 821 currently exists for the benefit of AFFI shift workers. The 821 operates express between the metro and Grande-Allée/JA Bombardier as per my understanding.
  12. If that is the case, then perhaps 211 could return to 10 min max route status 🤔
  13. Artic on the Liège bus LOL As for hitting the curb, it is up to STM to contact voirie at the City to fix the problem.
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