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On 1/9/2018 at 8:13 PM, West Island Transit Fan said:

31-005 at St-Jean / Sedgefield around 2:40 pm today. I only saw the driver side of the bus so I couldn't catch which route it was on but I'm pretty sure it was on the 485 (eastbound) and not the 202 (based on the schedules). Why are these buses getting put on these routes instead of the 747?

This happened regularly at Lasalle back when they had those buses. They were often sent out during rush hour, although the buses converted to 747 service showed up more. Since Stinson just got the route, the dispatchers  probably aren't familiar enough with it to prioritize sending the 31-00X on the 747 compared to the 30-0XX or 31-21X. I saw 31-003 on the 105 earlier this week.

35 minutes ago, West Island Transit Fan said:

30-857was on the..... 485!!!! It was at the corner of St-Jean / Douglas-Shand at 2:45 pm going eastbound. Are arctics even allowed to be on this route?

Proof (sorry for the poor quality, I had to act quick haha. Unfortunately, I could not catch the run number either)20180111_144450.thumb.jpg.d544936dc64add2c2d3efff08fcc6098.jpg

That's odd! The 485 doesn't interline with other routes, so I highly doubt that it's a designated artic run. The run box looks to say 0010, which corresponds to the run that is scheduled to do the 485 at that time (485-10). It would have been an interesting ride. On a related note, I once took an artic on my 90 short turn school special several years ago (Westmount to Vendome), it was a Legendre extra.

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Yesterday:

I took 29-099 on the 90 during PM rush. 29-088 was also on the 90.

LE 24-276 was on the 123 in the evening.

Today:

I took 29-091 on the 90 during AM rush.

SD 32-002 was doing a LE extra on the 90 during AM rush.

Ex-Stinson 22-261 was on the 144 this morning (now a SD route).

Ex-Stinson 22-240 was on the 90 during PM rush.

Lasalle seems to have received a lot of Stinson's 2009s. Also I still haven't seen anything older than a 2009 at Stinson this week (and 29-022 and 29-084 the other day have been the only 2009s I've seen).

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And that's not even a Stinson artic on the 485! :P

Gerbil did St. Denis get all the 22s from Stinson or some? If some can you list them?

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Anjou's 30-207 was on the 92 this morning.

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AV sighting yesterday morning, 20837 on the 4, the problem is that the sighting was just after 6 am, when the garage is full of accessible buses that can be dispatched. I drove 20413 for my pm piece, in the morning it was on the 13.

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19 hours ago, Matt Demers said:

Anjou's 30-207 was on the 92 this morning.

It was at Lasalle this morning doing the 90. It was supposed to be on the 104 all day but got changed for 27-535 (104-44)

The same thing happened with 104-43, another all day 104 run: it was 28-051 this morning and but had changed to 29-100 when I saw it later during PM rush.

90-16 got a change off today too: it was 23-219 when I took it on the 420 around noon, then several 90 departures immediately after that 420 trip were cancelled. 24-291 was doing the run on the 90 during PM rush.

19 hours ago, Matt Demers said:

Gerbil did St. Denis get all the 22s from Stinson or some? If some can you list them?

I don't know where they've all gone. I'm trying to keep track of the ones I see.  I'm guessing quite a few went to SL, since they received a lot of routes from Stinson. I'm surprised SD got anything, since they lost the 55 (which needs a lot of buses) and received the 144 (which only has 2-3 buses most of the day).

22-258 was on the 144 this morning, so that one is at SD.

I took 22-249 on the 90 during PM rush, so that one is at LS.

LS 25-219 was on the 105 this morning operating out of Stinson.

30-034 was on the 420 during PM rush.

25-222 was doing the 77. Isn't this route supposed to be front ramp only since it's providing wheelchair and limited mobility accessibility to the MUHC?

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St-Denis didn't have enough bus 2-3 years ago? I recall that  160 departures went frequently missing...

Also, I haven't rode on a single rear ramp bus since Christmas... this week I tend to always get 747 modified buses on the 16.

Also, this morning I was on a 37- hybrid, and I got a planibus of  the 90.

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On 2018-01-11 at 8:01 PM, West Island Transit Fan said:

30-857was on the..... 485!!!! It was at the corner of St-Jean / Douglas-Shand at 2:45 pm going eastbound. Are arctics even allowed to be on this route?

Proof: (sorry for the poor quality, I had to act quick haha. Unfortunately, I could not catch the run number either)20180111_144450.thumb.jpg.d544936dc64add2c2d3efff08fcc6098.jpg

Artics are not allowed on lines other than 80, 100, 165 and 470.  A memo was issued today to the drivers at Stinson due to this incident. Apparently it got assigned by error and the driver was new and didn't know better. 

On another note Stinson has almost only 37-000s as far as 40 foot vehicles. This is besides the 29-000, 30-000 and 31-000 that are supposed to be used on the 747. There are so many luggage rack buses that they do make it onto the other lines quite frequently. There are also a few odd 2nd gens still around. For example I got 25-219 to do a school special. 

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The 139 had a lot of 40 footers running on it today. Among them were: 22-209, 23-220, 24-265, LaSalle's 24-298, Frontenac's 26-039, St. Denis 29-013 and 31-136.

31-123 was on the 197.

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29-085, 29-095 and 29-103 were on the 90 yesterday while 29-107 was on the same route today. There was another one (29-0X7) broken down at Atwater yesterday - I didn't see the number clearly due to the dark.

This week, I've seen ex-Stinson 29-075, 079, 085, 088, 091, 095, 099, 100, 103, 107 at Lasalle; @Frozen Yogurt saw 29-092 at SD and I saw 29-084 still at SN. I predict that LS will get the whole series from 29-072 to 29-108.

22-300 was on either the 90 or 37 yesterday.

In other news, a lot of hybrids seemed to be getting stuck in the snow yesterday:

37-082 was stuck at the Elmhurst loop (halfway into turning right onto Sherbrooke), with another hybrid stuck blocking the entrance to the loop.

37-089 was stuck on Upper Lachine at Decarie blocking the underpass; an STM tow truck pulled it out while I was walking by (my bus got stuck behind so I had to walk).

On 1/12/2018 at 7:43 PM, Frozen Yogurt said:

Also, this morning I was on a 37- hybrid, and I got a planibus of  the 90.

The 90 has lots of extras this board period (lucky me!): 6 runs from Stinson, 2 from Legendre, 2 from Mont Royal and 1 from St. Laurent. You probably got a bus that had done one of those Stinson 90 extras the day before.

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22-402 was parked inside Stinson.

31-093 was on the 204. The GPS tracking said it's due to arrive at the stop in 4 minutes but it came 4 minutes early! Bus has yellow lighting and turn signals on the mirrors.

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Today AM rush: 21313 was on the 13! Another day, another AV sighting, this time 21014 on the 1. Yesterday 20537 on 77. Accessibilité universelle en tout temps my eye!

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22 hours ago, West Island Transit Fan said:

32-031 was on the 202. Don't think this is a SL bus (Is it a FR bus?)

A 37 hybrid was driving southbound on St-Charles around 8:10 PM. It was signed up as the 485 but continued straight instead of turning on Brunswick. Driver probably forgot to set it to En Transit.

Yes, 32-031 is a FR bus. For some reason FR applies a chequered bumper to their buses, so that's a good way to identify them.

I'm pretty sure the iBus system is supposed to change the signs automatically now. It seems to mess up frequently though, I often see buses signed as the 105 deadheading past people at Sherbrooke/Elmhurst. It's kind of funny to see how angry some of them get.

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Yesterday:

29-084 was on the 37 in the morning.

30-046 was on the 90 all day.

LS 24-231 was on the 160 around 21:00.

AN 30-217 was on the 51 around 21:30.

Today:

On 1/14/2018 at 11:29 PM, Matt Demers said:

22-402 was parked inside Stinson.

It's at Legendre now. I took it on a LE extra of the 90 this morning.

29-108 was on the 90 in the morning.

I took 29-080 on a nightmarish 90 trip during PM rush. My normally 30 minute ride took well over an hour, and the bus was crushloaded the whole way.

Maybe Lasalle got Stinson's 30-XXX too: 30-036 on the 123, 30-037 on the 63, 30-041 on the 107, 30-044 on the 63.

AN 22-219 was on the 63 in the afternoon.

AN 27-514 and 28-025 as well as LS 28-048 were on the 24 this afternoon.

SL 22-333 was on the 166 this afternoon.

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3 hours ago, Gerbil said:

Yes, 32-031 is a FR bus. For some reason FR applies a chequered bumper to their buses, so that's a good way to identify them.

I was told they put that sticker on the bumpers because they park the buses on the street. But not all checkered bumper buses are Frontenac's. Case in example: 22-261 has it and it was a Stinson bus and for some reason 31-119 has it despite it always being a Legendre bus to my knowledge.

Speaking of which, 26-079 was on the 93 this morning but has no Frontenac bumper. Can it be a bus from another garage?

Stinson's 37-068 was on the 188 this morning!!! uFnx2.gif It was on run 26/28 or 36/38 (hard to see accross the street) but it arrived at St. Michel around 8h05 if someone wants to look this run up.

LaSalle's 24-304 was on the 41 this morning.

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Quite a few Stinson extras on the 24. 37-045 and 37-106 were within 2 minutes apart in the morning, and 37-057 in the evening (all of these were westbound).

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6 hours ago, Matt Demers said:

I was told they put that sticker on the bumpers because they park the buses on the street. But not all checkered bumper buses are Frontenac's. Case in example: 22-261 has it and it was a Stinson bus and for some reason 31-119 has it despite it always being a Legendre bus to my knowledge.

Speaking of which, 26-079 was on the 93 this morning but has no Frontenac bumper. Can it be a bus from another garage?

Stinson's 37-068 was on the 188 this morning!!! uFnx2.gif It was on run 26/28 or 36/38 (hard to see accross the street) but it arrived at St. Michel around 8h05 if someone wants to look this run up.

Fair enough about the bumpers. For the most part, the checkered bumper does mean they were at least at FR at some point. There's also the FR sticker that they put on, but it's harder to see. Although there are exceptions there too: 24-252 has had a FR sticker for years despite always being a LS bus.

26-079 is probably a MR bus then - they have 26-077 and the mid 26-08X.

188-26 is in fact a Stinson run, it interlines to the 100 afterwards. 

6 hours ago, anyfong said:

Quite a few Stinson extras on the 24. 37-045 and 37-106 were within 2 minutes apart in the morning, and 37-057 in the evening (all of these were westbound).

You're right, there are a lot! There are 9 different Stinson extras throughout the day. All of them interline with the 103 or 162, which makes sense. Also in case anyone is interested, the 24 has 1 Anjou extra, 1 Lasalle extra and 2 Mont Royal extras.

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6 hours ago, Gerbil said:

Fair enough about the bumpers. For the most part, the checkered bumper does mean they were at least at FR at some point. There's also the FR sticker that they put on, but it's harder to see. Although there are exceptions there too: 24-252 has had a FR sticker for years despite always being a LS bus.

26-079 is probably a MR bus then - they have 26-077 and the mid 26-08X.

188-26 is in fact a Stinson run, it interlines to the 100 afterwards. 

You're right, there are a lot! There are 9 different Stinson extras throughout the day. All of them interline with the 103 or 162, which makes sense. Also in case anyone is interested, the 24 has 1 Anjou extra, 1 Lasalle extra and 2 Mont Royal extras.

I've heard from a thread that the 2018 hybrids will go to Frontenac and Saint-Laurent, is that correct? If so then it's always exciting to see a hybrid on the 24 as Frontenac currently only has the dreaded scraps. Also I noticed that the Stinson hybrids are more common to be seen on the 80 during late-evening off-peak hours.

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Yesterday more AV in PM rush with 20520 and 20526 on the 28, and a 2004 for several hours on the 74/75 interline.

Today I lost transmission fluid on my AM route and broke down in front of UdeS with 2-0228. At least I managed to limp it to the metro! Got changed off to a hybrid instead...

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