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Cool!  Where can I get a paper copy? ^_^

That be nice but they don't have any new maps at the Longueuil Terminal. Heck they were missing lots of RTL paper  schedules at the terminal.

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It's always best to get the paper schedules at the beginning of the board period. We start a new board on the 7th of November which may explain the deficiencies. As for the paper maps, have you attempted to contact customer service to see if they will mail a paper copy? I haven't picked up a hard copy yet although my contact at head office assures me that he has saved me some. Perhaps we can offer some at the next RTL fan trip, although who knows when that could be.

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On October 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM, SMS said:

As for the paper maps, have you attempted to contact customer service to see if they will mail a paper copy?

Thanks SMS!  It worked like a charm.  I contacted customer service through the RTL website, and they sent the map right to my house. ^_^

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On ‎2016‎-‎11‎-‎30 at 0:18 AM, Jack 47 said:

Will the RTL keep the 90 Express for another 2 years?

I don't know but at least until April 2017 as St-Hubert bus garage has crewed up the 90 for the next board period during listes générales.

Glad to have been helpful Tom!

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RTL C21002 has a touchscreen control console above the OPUS controls. It looks identical to the system used by CIT Laurentides, from what I've seen. Thinking it's a GPS unit?

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Yes it is on a trial basis. I have driven 21102 with it but it was not activated.

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I can share some details of this pilot project with you. It is called Chrono RTL. Only ten buses are equipped (21001 to 21005 and 21101 to 21105). They will be deployed on routes 8, 29, 71, and 123. Indeed it is a GPS unit whose main goal is to get drivers to adhere to their schedule. It will also have the added benefit of eventually sharing real-time bus tracking information with passengers. A survey has been distributed to drivers to indicate their observations and opinions on this project. It looks like the days of speeding and cutting the ends off routes are numbered!

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RTL cutaway 5024462 lost its rear right wheel set, as a pic posted on the Facebook page from Remorquage Groupe Laberge that also towed it away on one if its large NRC flatbeds 

 

 

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At TCV, there are platform changes due to elevator construction on quai centre. AMT Express Chevrier has been booted out of its current location and now loads at the 42-60-142 platform. These three routes in turn are now loading at the 44-144 platform on quai nord. These last two routes now share a platform with route 55.

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This might be a dumb question but I noticed that Nuit Blanche is next week and on Saturday March 4th the Metro is going to be open all night, I was curious is there going to be special schedule for the RTL buses or is it normal times?

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The RTL doesn't accommodate for nuit blanche so sadly once you get to Métro Longueuil overnight you're on your own. The only time I remember the RTL going beyond was for the U2 concert back in 2011 or so, they had special 45 and 90 extras waiting at Bonaventure for the last metro.

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On 26/04/2017 at 9:21 AM, SMS said:

The trend of accessible bus routes continues... 80 and 28 are the new lines chosen.

Press release: http://www.rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/communiques/2017/2-nouvelles-lignes-accessibles-pour-les-personnes-a-mobilite-restreinte/

Now that the RTL operates exclusively low-floor buses, why do they not make all of their routes accessible by default (like the STM) and have a separate list of a minority of lines that are certain lines that are not accessible? Does there need to be a sidewalk throughout the entire route for a line to be considered accessible?

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7 hours ago, Chris_the_traveller said:

Now that the RTL operates exclusively low-floor buses, why do they not make all of their routes accessible by default (like the STM) and have a separate list of a minority of lines that are certain lines that are not accessible? Does there need to be a sidewalk throughout the entire route for a line to be considered accessible?

I don't think the RTL ever activated their ramps at the rear doors (on 1st and 2nd gen vehicles).  With that many years without being used, the ramps must be completely rusted and unusable. A 3rd gen is therefore required. Also by requiring a bus with a front ramp, there is only one boarding procedure.  At the STM, very often the rear ramps don't work when needed which is why they specify trips with front ramps in the planibus. 

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novalfs26001 is right. And note that although the 2010 and 2011 orders are 3rd générations, these are not activated for ramps. Therefore the first series that are truly accessible are the 2012 units up until the present day.

Chris, please note that there is a ton of interlining going on during the week which makes allocating wheelchair accessible buses very tricky. Having said that, weekends are easier. However, the management is missing out on easy opportunities to convert routes. 170 is a route requiring only two buses per peak hour, which never interline. For sure they can make it accessible but the demand is likely not there. It is likely politics when you think about it. Victoria Street has many elderly people riding in St-Lambert (routes 1, 6, 106). Routes 4, 77, and 177 pass a hospital. Route 74, the original and first accessible route, was lobbied very hard by a coalition of disabled persons wanting to use regular transit and not adapted transit. Boucherville likely felt isolated and wanted their route this time. Chemin de Chambly has a lot of canes and strollers during the day, so with only two buses running the 28 on weekends, this is another easy choice.

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The latest garage allocations are slated to be as follows:

GASH > GALO: All 2005s, all 2013s (the latter should greatly help with the impending new accessible routes).

GALO > GASH: All 2008s.

St-Hubert will accept all delivery of 2017 units, some of which have already entered service (21701, 21702, 21703, 21704, and 21713 come immediately to mind).

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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.

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Is RTL now only going to be buying Hybrids? Considering they've only taken delivery of Hybrids since 2014...

Also, how many of the 2001-2002 VanHools are still kicking around? I heard they are in the process of retirement and that some are already gone. 

I don't usually post in here, but I haven't been to YUL in a while so I thought i'd see whats going on....thanks!

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The ATUQ consortium is only buying hybrids. No articulateds are being considered for the Van Hool replacements.

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