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80-040_Guy-Concordia

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  1. Here's another one: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/4212412.bin The story did quote other buses had jackknifed during the day.
  2. On CJAD this morning they were announcing there there was no bus service in the West Island and none in downtown from 7:30am until about 9am. I guess that meant that limited to no service on the 165,535, and 80. When the bus drivers union rep came on the air he said that they were having problems with traction and steering especially for the artics. I guess that meant they stopped the artics from operating, especially with the Cote-des-Neiges hill early in the morning. I didn't have time to look to see whether buses were running or not.
  3. Here is some AMT news & sightings from Canadian Railway Observations November: http://www.canadianrailwayobservations.com...10/nov10amt.htm October: http://www.canadianrailwayobservations.com...10/oct10amt.htm
  4. If it's on a smart card you always have to validate the ticket before getting on the train. The same goes for monthly passes after you buy a new one I think.
  5. Polarizers are best for daytime shots especially when it is sunny so the sky gets deep blue and cuts glare. You wouldn't use one at night since the filter is dark and it would require a longer exposure time. The best thing to do for night photography is to remove filters so lens flares are eliminated but if you still want the effect of the filter you could still use it. The only filter I use is a clear filter or UV mostly to substitute as a lens cap and to keep the front glass clean.
  6. Who cares about these videos, no one's going to watch them for more than 5 seconds and the (unlicensed) music is horrible. Let them do whatever and make low quality slide shows, if someone really wanted to see good photos they'll seek out good online galleries.
  7. 13-003 on the 427 & 14-085 on the 67, saw it last on Tuesday on the 90.
  8. It's been detoured on and off again for at least 2 years and it might be permanent now, hopefully not because it adds a lot of time on the trip.
  9. OPUS and the mag card only remembers your last trip and not the full history, so if your last verification was on a bus on the 55 you can't get on route 55 on your next verification but you can certainly trick it by verifying that ticket in another bus or metro. You don't even need to ride the bus/metro... just get it beeped. Before, using the old system, you could only use the metro once within the 90 minutes now it's unlimited everything for 120 minutes, the only condition is your last trip and the following trip better not be the same, like 535 & 535 or Metro-Metro. In addition, there is nothing stopping you from getting on the 211 and verifying your fare on the 119th minute of validity and riding to the end.
  10. Rode 11-014 on the 202X to du College, then switched to 11-055 on the 460 EB. And at the same time 11-087 finished the 175. 11-055 was later on the 505.
  11. Separated bike paths such as the one on de Maisonneuve and Rachel make it safer for cyclists between the intersections because the risk of a car door opening is eliminated and they're usually better paved but it adds danger at the intersections since cars have a hard time seeing oncoming cyclists. And it doesn't help that cyclists tend to run the yellows sometimes even reds so preventing a car from making a turn completely. When I bike on these types of paths I pretend the median is not there and I'm just in regular traffic, by doing this it keeps your focus on the traffic so you know what to do at the intersections. There are places in Montreal where it is just difficult to bike through and all the places seem to be in Cote-des-Neiges/NDG. The de Maisonneuve path west of Decarie has just deteriorated with cracks and potholes, it's unsafe in my opinion. Also the borough has added bollards all over the place to squeeze traffic on side streets to reduce speeding. All it's doing is forcing cyclists further into the middle of the street and risk colliding with cars, before these were put in place there was lots of room for cars and cyclists and it was safe.
  12. A classic, 14-048 on the 165 NB at 5:10pm. 28-127 on the 36 at Angrignon. Weird thing happened as the driver was about to step off the bus for his break, the bus, which was turned off, started to move forward quite a bit. I'm not sure if the brake was not set or something but the driver realized before stepping off and stopped the bus and then left.
  13. That's not all that great of a spot since there are 3 large building surrounding that area and there is never good light to make good picture. Also the background is not all that interesting. I prefer to take pictures two blocks north from there at the corner of Sherbrooke and Cote-des-Neiges. A spot I have used many times to take photos is at the corner of Newman and Senkus, right under that Toys r Us sign. It makes for great pictures of westbound traffic on Newman during the rush hour when the sun is right behind.
  14. The STM wanted to put bike racks on buses back in 2007 with a pilot project starting sometime in 08 but that was stopped for a few reasons. One being the drivers probably didn't like it and the other was that Transport Quebec had banned them for a while. The racks installed on those two buses appear to be the same two racks displayed at the STM area during Car Free day 2007. They appeared to be very sturdy when I had a look at the rack then and it's very simple to operate, it's just a spring loaded arm that goes over the front wheel. It shouldn't take too long to put the bike on if people know what they're doing and at worst it's worth 1 extra red light.
  15. There really is a garage back there but for STM vehicles. With the location of it triangulated to somewhere around Lionel-Groulx I decided to look for it today. At first I though it would be somewhere between St. Henri and L-G but it wasn't there, since that part is right over a main line. That meant it was over the tracks to Duvernay but not at Duvernay. So I started following the blue flags until I got to Vinet Park with a green fence and then found the bike racks right beside the Library/old fire station. Which is a block away from Duvernay Centre.
  16. This wrapped bus has been out there for a while its 26-037 and it's wrapped for several August movies, one of them was Filiere 13. Seen on the 15 and 515.
  17. On the 90 this evening was 28-121* (not too sure on this) with a full door side wrap for Bank of Montreal soccer, it's mostly blue. The wrap is only on the door side and there is nothing on the other 3 sides.
  18. 15-017 doing the 66 and 15-008 on the 57 right now.
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