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On 10/10/2017 at 11:54 PM, anyfong said:

A few Mont-Royal buses were on Stinson routes recently, and I saw 36-045 and 36-014 on the 105. Also Stinson's 37-058 was on the 51, a Mont-Royal route.

I've seen in the last few days: 37-056, 065 and 078 on the 32 as well... Is MR getting all the last batch of the 37-000s?

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I caught SN 22-292 on the 90 around 8:00. It was operating out of Lasalle.

LS 28-053 was on the 427 around 8:30. I think it was a MR run.

LS 29-011 was on the 66 around 8:35.

AN 22-227 and SN 22-299 were on the 61 around 8:50.

MR 30-088 was on the 125 around 13:20.

SN 37-057 did an MR extra on the 168 around 16:40.

37-099 was on the 105 this evening.

LS 24-243 was on the 51 around 19:30.

8 hours ago, MTL66 said:

I had a friend check and the run is assigned so it should be the same driver everyday. The only reason I see that it be a different one is that the run is often covered by a renfort.

 

As for some runs getting the same drivers and some not, the run in question could be assigned to Reserve or Overtime because no driver took the assignment when it came to booking time. It is sometimes the result when the garage has more runs than assigned drivers. Sometimes the STM used this tactic to make sure it has enough reserve employees to cover runs and rather have 1-2 assignments not be chosen and just put them in the Reserve/OT pool for the board period. Another situation could be that the run is assigned, but on the drivers days off it was not chossen by the Roulement team therefore it is put in the Reserce/OT Pool.

203-64 is usually pretty reliable as far as 90 trips go. The day I took it was the only day I've ever noticed its westbound trip (16:18 from Atwater) get cancelled, obviously due to the delay incurred heading eastbound. (And it's hard to blame the SL driver for that, since Lachine is a pretty confusing place to drive through.) Perhaps the regular driver had the day off for some reason.

The main reason I was curious about having different drivers every day is that one of the runs I regularly took back in the spring board period seemed to be like that. I took it almost daily and rarely saw the same driver twice. It was a relatively short rush hour extra that was out from 7-9 am. 

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6 hours ago, Gerbil said:

203-64 is usually pretty reliable as far as 90 trips go. The day I took it was the only day I've ever noticed its westbound trip (16:18 from Atwater) get cancelled, obviously due to the delay incurred heading eastbound. (And it's hard to blame the SL driver for that, since Lachine is a pretty confusing place to drive through.) Perhaps the regular driver had the day off for some reason.

The main reason I was curious about having different drivers every day is that one of the runs I regularly took back in the spring board period seemed to be like that. I took it almost daily and rarely saw the same driver twice. It was a relatively short rush hour extra that was out from 7-9 am. 

In that case it was probably assigned to an assignment when the STM realized that the run could not be completed, therefore the run was cut from the regular assignment and given as a half or full run in Overtime or built into a Batisse.

A Batisse is an assignment that is given to reserve drivers. If the HASTUS system is able to build an assignment that is operable per the STM parameters it will build an assignment by breaking up other assignments that are up for reserve duty. Most of the time, the batisses are built by combining a bunch of Extra assignments. Most Batisse assignatments are built in a 3 way split shift. An example would be in the morning, the driver is given the Renfort 754-101 which is 6:00am to 10:00am, the driver brings the bus back to garage, take another bus out at 12:00 to do a 49E-90 and brings it back to garage at 13:20 and for the third portion the driver is assigned to DISPO duty at the Garage from  14:35 to 18:00.

DISPO dusty is essentially a driver room spare, meaning he/she will go out on any assignment if the drivers calls in sick at the last minute or if an SPS is needed instead of giving the piece in emergency overtime. A Dispo driver can be assigned anything on the network, providing the garage is allowed to provide spares for that route (Each garage is assigned a list of routes it can provide spares on).

*Note all run numbers above are fictional, just used random runs as an example*

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Friday:

25-223 was on the 430 around 15:20 with a shiny new front.

AN 24-226 was on the 168 around 15:20.

LE 24-269 was on the 123 in the evening.

Saturday:

SD 29-035 was on the 105 in the afternoon.

Today:

LE 22-384 was on the 108 around 7:25.

I caught LS 24-298 on the 92 around 18:00.

LS 24-256 was on the 51 eastbound near Montreal Ouest around 20:40. It must be out until almost 23:00, since the 51s never go out of service after eastbound trips in the evening (it's against the peak direction).

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Yesterday:

Legendre's 22-394, 24-260 and 24-271 were on the 90, along with Mont Royal's 25-241 (venturi exhaust).

FR 22-296 was on the 144 at Atwater around 16:25. For once, I wouldn't be surprised if it was at MR, since quite a few ISC-equipped buses have been appearing there lately.

I took Stinson's 28-104 on the 24 around 16:00.

I took 37-095 on the 90 and finally got to try out the new placement of the single seats. Being on the curb-side made it more difficult to get sightings. :/

Today:

31-218 came as a renfort at the time my morning 90 was scheduled around 7:00. What was strange though is that 25-211 came as well on the regular run. My driver (the regular one) and the CO at Vendome both seemed confused by the presence of the renfort. Although it wasn't needed, it made for a more pleasant commute today. Normally the bus at that time is almost completely full by my stop.

On 10/11/2017 at 7:21 PM, Gerbil said:

They seem to have made one such modification recently on the 420. I occasionally take the 13:30 westbound departure from downtown. It was originally operated by 191-14, which I took a few times. For the past week though, it seems like it's been operated by another bus. I took it today (28-054) and the iBus screen said it was run 420-1XX (couldn't read the number, but I'll find out eventually). 191-14 was supposed to interline to a school special, but it was probably arriving very late because of the regular delays on the 420. I assume that's why the schedule has been modified.

I took the 13:30 westbound 420 today. The bus was 31-065 so I was able to read from the full-length run box that it's run 420-106.

The 90 seemed fairly badly delayed during PM rush today, although I didn't take it. I witnessed the 16:22 eastbound departure from Elmhurst (25-210) arrive there at 17:00.

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2 hours ago, Gerbil said:

Yesterday:

Legendre's 22-394, 24-260 and 24-271 were on the 90, along with Mont Royal's 25-241 (venturi exhaust).

FR 22-296 was on the 144 at Atwater around 16:25. For once, I wouldn't be surprised if it was at MR, since quite a few ISC-equipped buses have been appearing there lately.

I took Stinson's 28-104 on the 24 around 16:00.

I took 37-095 on the 90 and finally got to try out the new placement of the single seats. Being on the curb-side made it more difficult to get sightings. :/

Today:

31-218 came as a renfort at the time my morning 90 was scheduled around 7:00. What was strange though is that 25-211 came as well on the regular run. My driver (the regular one) and the CO at Vendome both seemed confused by the presence of the renfort. Although it wasn't needed, it made for a more pleasant commute today. Normally the bus at that time is almost completely full by my stop.

I took the 13:30 westbound 420 today. The bus was 31-065 so I was able to read from the full-length run box that it's run 420-106.

The 90 seemed fairly badly delayed during PM rush today, although I didn't take it. I witnessed the 16:22 eastbound departure from Elmhurst (25-210) arrive there at 17:00.

I had a friend at LaSalle check up on this. Almost all mid-day 420 departures have been cut from the regular drivers schedule and given in a batisse (420-100, 420-102, 420-106, 420-107, 420-108). He also mentioned that all departures on the 78 are being covers by reserve drivers and no assignments have any interlines with the route (78-01, 78-02, 78-03). From what I'm gathering, anything that passes near the construction on St-Jacques is being covered by Reserve drivers on special assignments as not to delay the bus from providing service on other routes. (All mid-day 420 departures were only half trips, drivers would deadhead to do another route).

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On 10/18/2017 at 10:57 PM, MTL66 said:

I had a friend at LaSalle check up on this. Almost all mid-day 420 departures have been cut from the regular drivers schedule and given in a batisse (420-100, 420-102, 420-106, 420-107, 420-108). He also mentioned that all departures on the 78 are being covers by reserve drivers and no assignments have any interlines with the route (78-01, 78-02, 78-03). From what I'm gathering, anything that passes near the construction on St-Jacques is being covered by Reserve drivers on special assignments as not to delay the bus from providing service on other routes. (All mid-day 420 departures were only half trips, drivers would deadhead to do another route).

Just when I thought I understood what was going on, I took the 13:30 westbound departure again today (30-027) and it was run 420-110. The driver was also different from the two previous times. Could the specific run numbers change based on the day of the week? Both previous times I've taken it have been Wednesdays. Or maybe they've just replaced a few more trips earlier in the day, pushing the number up.

As for why they've done this, I know the St. Jacques street exit from the 720 west is supposed to close at some point in November. This will significantly increase the travel time for the 420 since it won't be able to take the highway anymore.

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On 10/20/2017 at 2:42 PM, Gerbil said:

Just when I thought I understood what was going on, I took the 13:30 westbound departure again today (30-027) and it was run 420-110. The driver was also different from the two previous times. Could the specific run numbers change based on the day of the week? Both previous times I've taken it have been Wednesdays. Or maybe they've just replaced a few more trips earlier in the day, pushing the number up.

As for why they've done this, I know the St. Jacques street exit from the 720 west is supposed to close at some point in November. This will significantly increase the travel time for the 420 since it won't be able to take the highway anymore.

Batisse assignments are assigned daily, so the run number can change daily depending on what the assignment comprises of. If last week 420-106 was doing a departure on the 420, then the 90 it was assigned that run. If the same 420 departure was now associated with a 105, the run number might change.

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7 hours ago, MTL66 said:

31-113 has a wrap for JustEat.ca  It iwas on the 180 all day yesterday

That bus was on the 171 this afternoon. Stinson's 30-031 also has the same wrap.

22-300 was on run 18 on the 100 today.

22-252 was on the 64 today with the rear hood from a 23-2xx + bus.

Mont Royal's 36-018 was on the 70. uFnx2.gif

22-391 was on the 171 today. It's rare to see anything other than a 31-1xx on this route on weekends.

St. Laurent's 22-342 and Stinson's 28-118 were on the 55. I don't like where they put the stop for the 55, they paired it with the stop for the 31. 

Stinson's 33-812 was on the 139.

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1 hour ago, OCTranspo/STO Fan said:

31-018 was doing an 129 today. It was vandalized, as there was some graffiti that was made by sharpie.

29-xxx LFS on unknown route. It was too far away. It also got vandalized. 

Was it a 2nd gen or a 3rd gen?

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1 minute ago, OCTranspo/STO Fan said:

Not sure, since I only saw it from the front, and I'm not that good at identifying LFSes. All I know is that it was a 2009.

Did it have the headlights further apart or close together?

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I took LE 22-399 on the 90 yesterday morning.

31-172 was on the 105 yesterday around 18:00. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a renfort out of Frontenac, since a Turcot-related closure meant the area around Vendome was a traffic-nightmare over the weekend. 

SN 28-107 was on the 104 yesterday morning and the 90 this evening.

26-056 is back at Mont Royal. It's on the 144 this evening. The run it's on (144-37) seems to regularly be an accessibility violation, which is otherwise an extremely rare occurrence at MR (except short rush hour extras). What's also odd is that the other evening 144 (97-19) isn't accessible, but I have yet to see anything but a front ramp bus on it.

MR 26-054 is at Lasalle now. It's on the 102 this evening.

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