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CIT Laurentides (SURF) buses will now be using the shoulder of highway 15 when there is heavy traffic

The AMT's press release:

Utilisation des accotements par les autobus du Conseil intermunicipal de transport des Laurentides (CITL) : un projet pilote sur l’autoroute 15 à Laval !

Laval, le 12 juin 2009 − Le ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ) et l’Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) souhaitent informer les usagers de la route de la mise en œuvre d’un projet pilote qui autorisera l’utilisation d’accotements sur l’autoroute 15 à Laval par les autobus du CITL. Cette mesure vise à favoriser le transport collectif en permettant aux usagers d’éviter la congestion et d’arriver plus rapidement à destination.

Les chauffeurs d’autobus du CITL – expressément formés pour ce projet pilote ¬– pourront dès le 15 juin emprunter l’accotement de certaines portions de l’autoroute 15, entre les boulevards Sainte-Rose et de la Concorde. Les tronçons ont été choisis en fonction de leur configuration géométrique et sont identifiés par des panneaux de signalisation. L’utilisation des accotements constitue une mesure ponctuelle qui s’applique uniquement lorsqu’il y a de la congestion. D’ailleurs, à aucun endroit et dans aucun cas, les accotements de l’autoroute 15 ne deviennent une voie réservée. Il est à noter que la vitesse maximale permise sur l’accotement pour les chauffeurs du CITL est de 50 km/h.

Appel à la courtoisie !

À l’approche d’un échangeur, par exemple celui des autoroutes 15 et 440, les autobus doivent se réinsérer dans les voies de circulation. Le Ministère et l’AMT sollicitent la collaboration des usagers de la route et les invitent à faire preuve de courtoisie.

Il est important de rappeler qu’un accotement est d’abord une zone de refuge pour un véhicule en panne. Il peut également servir de zone tampon en cas de manœuvre d’évitement ou de perte de contrôle. Le Ministère insiste donc sur l’interdiction de circuler sur l’accotement, sauf en cas de nécessité. Un conducteur qui s’y engage pour éviter de la congestion routière s’expose à une contravention minimale de 100 $. Par ailleurs, les autobus du CITL devront céder le passage à un véhicule d’urgence qui emprunterait les accotements. Pour en savoir davantage sur ce projet pilote, visitez le site Internet du ministère des Transports.

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CIT Laurentides (SURF) buses will now be using the shoulder of highway 15 when there is heavy traffic

The AMT's press release:

The signs were already there last week. Nice to see their still using the outline of a fishbowl.

Alex

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The signs were already there last week. Nice to see their still using the outline of a fishbowl.

Alex

Yup, I saw it too on the A-15 last sunday. I saw only 2 signs in total. The letter CITL are written at the back bottom corner of the fishbowl drawing.

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The Association des CIT (ACIT) has redesigned their website. I don't know when it was launched, but it is quite nice.

http://www.acit.qc.ca/

Their website itself was launched at the same time as the OPUS card (April 2008). The redesign does indeed look good.

They really try to hide or diminish the existence of CITSO...

Alex

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the info!

They're similar to CIT Rousillon, because they were designed by Gestrans.

Now, let's get Le Richelain (also Gestrans) to do the same :blink:

While, were at it, CITSO's printed schedules ( :unsure: ) need a makeover as well :)

Alex

(What's with the AG 700 on the front of CRC's schedules :) )

I noticed on one of CITSO's paper schedules (Valleyfield maybe?) that everywhere there should have been accents there were question marks :)

Speaking of schedules, do you know if CIT HSL publishes a paper schedule?

Their website itself was launched at the same time as the OPUS card (April 2008). The redesign does indeed look good.

They really try to hide or diminish the existence of CITSO...

Alex

So, according to the ACIT website, they represent Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu but not CITSO!! If this is not an error, I'm surprised!

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I noticed on one of CITSO's paper schedules (Valleyfield maybe?) that everywhere there should have been accents there were question marks :lol:

Speaking of schedules, do you know if CIT HSL publishes a paper schedule?

So, according to the ACIT website, they represent Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu but not CITSO!! If this is not an error, I'm surprised!

CITHSL does have a paper schedule. It's available at the Angrignon Billeterie Metropolitaine.

It's not an error. CITSO is not part of the ACIT, St-Jean is. Don't ask me why CITSO isn't. I've tried to ask that question to the ACIT and I never received a response

Alex

Currently Vacationing in Toronto

I wouldn't be surprised if they do represent Saint-Jean, after all they are an "OMIT". If Saint-Jean was part of the AMT they would only be in Zones 4-6.

Distance wise, St-Jean would be in zone 6. Zone 4 and 5 are too close.

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For your stat holiday fanning pleasure here's a list of who is doing what on Canada Day:

REGULAR SERVICE

CIT Roussillon

CIT Le Richelain

CIT CRC

SATURDAY + SERVICE

CIT Sorel-Varennes

Sainte-Julie

SATURDAY SERVICE

CITSO

CITVR

SURF

MRC Les Moulins

SUNDAY SERVICE

CITHSL

MRC L'Assomption

NO SERVICE

CITPI

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Hey Guys,

Can anyone get me a set of the various CIT/OMIT route maps and timetables?

If so, email me off board at HusseyBobkat@aol.com.

Thanks in advance!

Cheers!

Bob

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It's because of the amazing sun angle in AM rush.

And if you're lucky you'll get a train / bus combination :lol:

That's right!

The signs were already there last week. Nice to see their still using the outline of a fishbowl.

Alex

This is great! I've been stuck in traffic aboard the 9 during PM rush already, and it's not fun. I always though that there should be a solution to this problem and thankfully someone has decided to make use of the shoulders, in a way similar to how it's done on A-25. Kudos!

What I find interesting is how they highlight the fact that it is NOT a reserved lane! They want CITL to use it only when they really have to.

This is contrary to the one on A-25 which doubles as a HOV lane!

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CIT Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan just (well maybe a month ago?) launched a new schedule pamphlet. It's called "Horaire du Reseau de Transport" and is very similar to the CIT Roussillon schedule booklet. It's quite nice, with lots of maps! http://www.citcrc.ca/CITExpressInfo.aspx?ID=46

Based on what I'm reading on CITVR's Website, they may have also jumped on the booklet bandwagon.

Also as of August 17th:

They've also announced the creation of a new route (200 Express), and increased service on the existing 200 and 300 routes.

- Standardized frequencies (Route 200) every day of the week (15, 30 and 60 minute headways)

- 15 minute service during key times of midday

- 30 minute service on Weekends!

Alex

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Based on what I'm reading on CITVR's Website, they may have also jumped on the booklet bandwagon.

I can now confirm that CITVR's new schedule is in fact a booklet, although it's not printed on glossy paper like Roussillon and CRC.

Alex

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I can now confirm that CITVR's new schedule is in fact a booklet, although it's not printed on glossy paper like Roussillon and CRC.

Alex

Couldn't find it at TCV. However, I did find a notice there that said that there will be some changes made to CIT Le Richelain's services on August 24th. Here are the highlights:

  • New route 22, which is basically the old route 26B. It will replace service on route 26 on weekends.
  • New route 33, an express route in Candiac that will offer service to Les Jardins du Parc Haendel. Available during rush hours only.
  • Route 37 will be modified due to the creation of route 33. It will continue on Boul. Champlain in Candiac, and will turn onto Jaffa St.
  • Route 40 will now serve Place Papineau in Candiac and Leon-Bloy Est and Conrad-Pelletier Sts. in La Prarie.
  • General modifications will be made to all PM rush departures from TCV.

That's all!

-Mark.

Wishes he were the CIT Expert :(

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Couldn't find it at TCV. However, I did find a notice there that said that there will be some changes made to CIT Le Richelain's services on August 24th. Here are the highlights:

Was there a schedule (booklet?) available for Richelain? I've known those particular changes for a few months now....

I was in a hurry earlier, here's more on the CITVR Booklet.

- I picked it up at Terminus Longueuil

- The entire booklet is 24 pages long

- Cover page shows route 116 just before entering McMasterville

CITVR_Cover.jpg

- Page 2-3: Message from the CIT Administration and a Table of contents. Photo of an LFS at McMasterville Station

- Page 4-5: Pathetic attempt at a network map, with a notice that local routes 7, 8, 11 and 12 are not available in this booklet :(

CITVR_MAP.jpg

- Page 6-9: Route 200 - Monday-Friday Service

CITVR_Route_200.jpg

-- The schedule is "simplified" when steady intervals are in place.

-- A lot of "For more information visit our website" statements

- Page 10-11: Route 200 Express

CITVR_Route_200_Express.jpg

-- This is a limited-stop service, service only stops listed in the schedule.

-- A note says that this is a new service "while waiting for the reserved bus lane".

- Page 12-13: Route 200 Weekend Service

Page 14: Route 300

CITVR_Route_300_TB.jpg

Page 15-21: Trainbus Services (Routes 20-25)

Page 22-23: General Information, Agencies, Holiday Schedule, Transdev contacts.

Conclusion:

Nice little guide. Same dimensions as the CIT Roussillon and CIT CRC guides.

Disappointed that local routes are not listed, neither are fares.

Alex

CIT Expert

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CIT Sorel-Varennes has recently announced construction of a new bus terminal in Sorel.

http://www.citsv.amt.qc.ca/avis/affich_avis.asp?no=521

Highlights

- Located on Boul. Poliquin

- Opening July 2010

- Will hold CITSV Administrative Offices

- La Quebecoise Garage inside

- 340 Parking Spaces

Photo

Nouveau_Terminus_image.jpg

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- Located on Boul. Poliquin

Poliquin eh? Trash! Well the whole city is garbage... but any improvement there is better than nothing....

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The ajouts are garbage, way less than expected considering the ever increasing ridership we have at CIT Laurentides.

When certain neighbourhoods in Boisbriand and Blainville are at half-hour walks from the nearest bus stops, our network has problems.

When people in Bellefeuille (part of Saint-Jerome) need to transfer just to reach the nearest train station, our network has problems.

When the local buses in Saint-Jerome end at 22 on weekdays and at 19 on weekends and have little synchronicity with the 9, our network has problems.

When we're packed like an STM bus at rush hour at midnight on the 9 without any service improvements on weekday evenings, our network has problems.

Hopefully these and all the issues will be fixed before the end of 2010.

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