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Sorry for the late reply, the remaining Van Hools are on the 45 exclusively. As for ZF novas, I'm sorry to tell you that nothing lower than a 2010 Nova would be on the road on weekends unless you are extremely lucky.

In other news... SCOOP! New accessible routes at RTL coming 19 August 2019

  •  3 Montgomery (7 days)
  •  10 Roland-Therrien (weekends)
  •  17 Roland-Therrien (weekends)
  •  21 Grande Allée (7 days)
  •  39 DIX30 (7 days)
  •  41 and 43 de Rome / Milan (Brossard Circulator is my own name for it) (7 Days)
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21054 has a thermal incident just before the Pledre reserved lane. It is now out of service and decommissioned, sadly kept out of sight beside garage 2 at gash.

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On 8/7/2019 at 9:20 PM, SMS said:

21054 has a thermal incident just before the Pledre reserved lane. It is now out of service and decommissioned, sadly kept out of sight beside garage 2 at gash.

When you use the term decommissioned, is it a technical term for retired or not runnable until it can be fixed

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4 hours ago, Transitfan39 said:

When you use the term decommissioned, is it a technical term for retired or not runnable until it can be fixed

Judging by the photo I saw, I highly doubt this bus will be back. What @SMS means as thermal incident = engine fire

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Chrono and fare box removed. It is a total loss. They will not be fixing it or necessarily replacing it (no need for more artics because of the REM). There are hopes that 20603 can return from retirement to make up for this loss, but I remain skeptical. There is no driver error here this time. Shop talk says there was a loose hose in the back which was the catalyst for the aforementioned thermal incident. It was a good thing that there were no casualties. This could have easily gone the other way.

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Correct, it is finally off property. Best bet is that it is going to Racine's yard to die. RIP

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5 hours ago, SMS said:

Correct, it is finally off property. Best bet is that it is going to Racine's yard to die. RIP

I don’t usually post around here, but I was on a little road trip to Charlevoix and saw 2-0009 and 9-922 being towed by Jean Racine Presseur trucks towards St-Tite-des-Caps. So they are dead. Both had signs in their windshields that said “Booster arrière non fonctionnel” (Rear booster broken)

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Is RTL getting new buses this year? 219XX don't technically count because they are 2018 models. Does this mean the 220XX will be 2019 models also?

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On 9/18/2019 at 5:39 PM, STO_1601 said:

Is RTL getting new buses this year? 219XX don't technically count because they are 2018 models. Does this mean the 220XX will be 2019 models also?

The 2020 HEV order is split: we are expecting 25 buses before end of year and 15 buses next year. The electric buses should arrive in March 2020. At a union meeting yesterday, I learned that 40 new buses are expected in the future order. If I have more news I will write it here. I can tell you that we are hiring actively... there is currently a training group of 11 persons and a new training class begins in November. In 2020, the RTL expects to hire 70 new drivers! Also more parking space will be needed at GALO for more buses and both garages (admittedly the majority being GALO) will have service increases.

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On 6/20/2019 at 12:48 PM, SMS said:

A few milestones are upcoming in the next few days:

  • The transitway between Tunnel Panama and the Pelletier overpass over Autoroute 10 will permanently close Monday 24 June at 5 am (news bulletin came out yesterday).

Actually, for a few months, we were lucky to use the last little remnant of the Transitway. It was westbound only from just east of Taschereau Blvd until Tunnel Panama and eastbound only from Pelletier overpass until Tunnel Panama. As of today at 2 am, this is no more. We got the memo 48 hours before the permanent closure for REM construction of new Panama station.

On 7/3/2019 at 11:17 AM, SMS said:

 It is hoped that with a new bridge now open in both directions, such detours will not be seen for a very long time.

Gulp, spoke too soon. 3 out 4 lanes on the bridge currently closed; all traffic is in the shoulder lane. As of 9 am all 45 and 90 service detours via JC bridge TCV direction only. I really don't know what repair work is currently being undertaken but it is disappointing to say the least. I have done hundreds of 90 trips this year; it is depressing to end on such a low note. At least no passengers complained.

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Since Tuesday, buses leaving Panama direction TCV have been transiting via the temporary terminal (only concrete for bays and shelters poured). My employer is calling it temporary, but it sure looks permanent to me.

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Effective this morning, cars hoping to park and ride at Terminus Brossard-Panama no longer can use Philippines as an access road. A new entrance and exit has been simultaneously opened on the Pelletier Blvd overpass. This morning, Longueuil Police vehicles were present at major traffic lights with the idea of controlling the traffic lights, but as usual they were not doing anything. It was quite the mess... police cars blocked Philippines to car (and sometimes bus!) traffic, as well as the two lights leading to the former Loblaws. They were really trying to force cars to go all the way to Pelletier. I hope that the pm rush goes better.

As an aside, the traffic light in our former transitway ("Tunnel Panama") has been reappropriated for the new traffic lights at the Pelletier overpass. The tell tale sign are MTQ crests on the aluminum poles.

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The following buses are parked behind Garage 2 at GASH

  • 22009
  • 22010
  • 22017
  • 22018
  • 22023
  • 22025
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Apparently a RTL bus on the 45 route was stopped and smoking earlier this afternoon between Terminus Panama and Champlain bridge, Is there any info on if it was a engine problem or a fire 

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Scoop!

Route 15 to become accessible in the coming months. As seen on a destination sign. No date has been advanced yet. It is not official for January 2020 booking.

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Hey fellas, I’m in Montreal til Friday, just wanted to see what my chances are of catching a VanHool on the 45 this week, unless it’s all hybrid for holidays. Also as a bonus, advice on routes to find ZF novas on? I know I asked the same thing a few months earlier, just want to see if anything has changed and if my chances are any better or worse. Thanks!

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Well, 20601 was running today. I think the chances are fair - not great but not impossible either. 

ZF Novas? Rush hour almost anywhere should be good, in particular TCV, Panama, or Metro Longueuil. Avoid accessible routes such as 4 or 77... all you would find are 2012+ buses typically.

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25 minutes ago, SMS said:

Well, 20601 was running today. I think the chances are fair - not great but not impossible either. 

ZF Novas? Rush hour almost anywhere should be good, in particular TCV, Panama, or Metro Longueuil. Avoid accessible routes such as 4 or 77... all you would find are 2012+ buses typically.

Thanks for the reply. Actually rode 20601 on my way back from downtown today...got my audio recording so I'm happy. Thank you!

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Ooh! RTL just received the first of five electric midi-buses as part of some kind of pilot project.

[In French] http://rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/fr-CA/actualites/communiques/2020/arrivee-du-premier-autobus-electrique-au-rtl/

According to the RTL statement above, this first bus will undergo tests before being put into revenue service, as would be expected. It hasn't yet been decided where/how all five buses will be deployed.

Included in the link is a photo of VIPs posing in front of said bus, which has no livery.

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For the moment, they are parked at GALO. I have neither the hope nor the desire to drive those buses. 

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The first battery-electric buses to be assembled at BYD (Build Your Dreams) Canada's facility in Newmarket are on their way to Quebec.

By the end of the month, five of the electric zero-emission buses will be delivered to the Réseau de Transport de Longueuil (RTL), one of the largest public transit systems in Canada with an annual ridership of more than 30 million.

The first of the BYD 30-foot K7M buses were loaded onto a flat-bed trailer Monday at its 45,000-square-foot facility on Harry Walker Parkway North. 

The BYD buses are part of a pilot project for RTL facilitated by funding from the federal and provincial governments through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, according to a BYD news release.

The five zero-emission buses represent the first step in RTL’s plan to electrify its entire network as part of its commitment to sustainability.

“We are excited to put buses from our Newmarket, Ontario facility into service in Longueuil,” said BYD president Stella Li. “We are glad to be partners with RTL in their efforts to serve their community by lowering their carbon footprint.”

https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/local-news/newmarket-plant-ships-its-first-battery-electric-bus-to-quebec-2039079

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