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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. :)

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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. :)

I visited Rouyn-Noranda back in October 2012 with fellow board member Orion VIII. From briefly looking at their website, the service then seems to be the same as what's currently operating.

There are three routes (red/10, blue/20, green/21). During rush hour, both buses meet on-street at the main terminal, and the buses switch routes (red bus goes to blue or green, and blue/green bus goes to red). During off-peak, only one bus is used and does a similar pattern (red/blue/red/green).

On our visit, 6387 and 6388 were the two buses in service, so I'm not sure what they're still using as a backup unit. I'm also not sure what they use for the AM industrial shuttle, as they require two buses during that time period (we saw the PM shuttle, it was 6387 which went to base service afterwards).

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I visited Rouyn-Noranda back in October 2012 with fellow board member Orion VIII. From briefly looking at their website, the service then seems to be the same as what's currently operating.

There are three routes (red/10, blue/20, green/21). During rush hour, both buses meet on-street at the main terminal, and the buses switch routes (red bus goes to blue or green, and blue/green bus goes to red). During off-peak, only one bus is used and does a similar pattern (red/blue/red/green).

On our visit, 6387 and 6388 were the two buses in service, so I'm not sure what they're still using as a backup unit. I'm also not sure what they use for the AM industrial shuttle, as they require two buses during that time period (we saw the PM shuttle, it was 6387 which went to base service afterwards).

and i remembered when either one of the Nova broke down, they just use the contractor's(Maheur?) school bus to provide the transit service

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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.

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On 2/14/2017 at 11:56 PM, MCI102A3 said:

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.

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Interestingly these 2nd gen LFS has the large front door with the ramp on the front. I wonder why virtually none of the other Quebec agencies chose the large front door, instead having an unreliable ramp on the rear door (save for STM 29-001 to -071).

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2 hours ago, anyfong said:

Interestingly these 2nd gen LFS has the large front door with the ramp on the front. I wonder why virtually none of the other Quebec agencies chose the large front door, instead having an unreliable ramp on the rear door (save for STM 29-001 to -071).

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.

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On 2017-02-18 at 8:19 PM, anyfong said:

Interestingly these 2nd gen LFS has the large front door with the ramp on the front. I wonder why virtually none of the other Quebec agencies chose the large front door, instead having an unreliable ramp on the rear door (save for STM 29-001 to -071).

On 2017-02-18 at 10:32 PM, MCI102A3 said:

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.

This is complete speculation on my part, but since Rouyn-Noranda aren't part of the ATUQ consortium, maybe they're able to spec their buses independently.

 

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http://www.transportlenomade.ca/accueil

On my first trip on Maheux in 2012, I noticed signs at the Maheux agents on the outskirts of Rouyn (as far south as Rollet) advertising this service called "Transport Le Nomade".

At the time it seemed pretty bare bones, the driver I rode with up to Rouyn on my first trip explained to me how it works, and what kind of service would run to serve that end of Rouyn: his once a day bus to North Bay that leaves Rouyn in the morning and comes back at night, which would be completely impractical for somebody from south of Rouyn who wanted to use Nomade to get into town for business or whatevs.

Now it seems that they have more schedules available, and while they still issue special tickets that can be used on certain Maheux services within the TE limits of Rouyn-Noranda, it seems they've added routes outside the TE into other MRCs, and based on my limited rusty knowledge, it seems that they probably match drivers with riders like I've seen in other towns, and the "route" and "schedule" is run by a private driver with his or her own car according to the schedule, or perhaps an independent owner-operator who has a van like a Transit or Promaster who got the contract for it. They do appear to run a set route though.

I'll be going back up there next year, I might talk my family into showing me around transit there, definitely will wanna ride both Novas as well as try this service here if they run anything interesting, like maybe a G5 minibus or a Transit or Promaster 15-passenger van.

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https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1358570/autobus-rouyn-montreal-transport-commun-comparaison?fbclid=IwAR0XlE0lhRRcKob_TcuLGJNZpM9gVN3b3VHz6fdEGvvOeAXPfmz7lBM7Joc

Looking at this Radio-Canada article (I translated it through Chrome) it seems like Rouyn-Noranda's bought another Nova with the narrow front doors that you'd find in Southern Quebec, numbered 9609.

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