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YUL Bus Charters is a Montreal-based not-for-profit group that organizes bus fan charters at least once a year since 2006.

History

YUL Bus Charters was founded in late 2005 to address the lack of public transit charters in the Greater Montreal Area. The primary objective of the organization was to host periodic bus charters from the various local transit authorities in Montreal using the oldest vehicles available. The group was inspired by the leadership and initiative of the Toronto Transportation Society, which offers successful and well-attended fan trips in the Greater Toronto Area. The executive of YUL Bus Charters set a goal to provide annual bus charters on the first weekend of May. Much of the planning of the events as well as the invitations to the charters took place via the Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board, a custom that continues to the present date. The first events were held on the weekend of 6-7 May 2006. After experience, confidence, and popularity were gained following this first charter weekend, dozens of charters were subsequently organized under the YUL Bus Charters banner.

In order to ensure quality, the charter planning process typically involves much deliberation between the YUL Bus Charters executive and consultants via e-mail and even sometimes in person. Destinations, routes, and photo stops are determined by making annotations on a system map. The outcome of these exchanges, consulting Google (Maps, Streetview, and Satellite), and the results of driving the charter routing form the basis of research prior to the execution of the charter. An effort is made for participants to enjoy timed transfers and/or opportunities to see service vehicles alongside the chartered vehicle. With greater tools at our disposal (smartphones, applications), the organizers can judiciously make quick decisions with real-time information at hand.

For the first three years, the fan trips were only organized with buses from Montreal's three largest systems: Société de transport de Montréal, Réseau de transport de Longueuil, and Société de transport de Laval. Beginning in 2008, YUL Bus Charters broadened their vision and expanded their operations to include Conseil Intermunicipal de Transport suburban transit systems. The YUL Bus Charters planning team have also boldly chartered vehicles out of city and even out of province. As a result, the various charters have been given specific brands in order to differentiate the local charters from the regional charters.

To date, various bus models from an assortment of builders have been chartered, although it should be stated that the MCI Classic bus has been selected most of the time. 2014 and 2015 were by far the most productive years in the organization's history, with no less than seven charters offered for the transit enthusiast community.

The YUL Bus Charters website [1] was officially unveiled in Spring 2008 prior to the flagship charter weekend. A previous beta website existed for the 2006 activities. A work in progress, the website's primary role is to offer detailed trip reports of past events as well as news for upcoming public events. Due to other obligations and priorities, the website is no longer regularly updated.

The name of this organization is derived from the IATA code for Montreal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport [2]. The proper appellation of YUL Bus Charters is to spell out the IATA code. It is not pronounced "yool" as is sometimes erroneously done.

At present, YUL Bus Charters has primarily chartered urban transit buses, but has also chartered two suburban transit buses, one Articulated Bus, and even two urban transit buses propelled by Compressed Natural Gas as opposed to the more common diesel. Details on previous charters can be found below as well as on the organization's website.

From the beginning, YUL Bus Charters has respectfully striven to offer bilingual services to the transit enthusiast community. Due to the linguistic situation in the Greater Montreal Area, charters are held in English and in French with simultaneous translation. When time permits, the website will be translated, as will all official documents. We also have welcomed disabled persons to join our charters. However, the management of YUL Bus Charters ultimately retains the right to restrict or refuse admission to their activities.

Executive

All positions within the YUL Bus Charters organization are voluntary. Although there are only a few executive positions, they are comprised of the following persons:

President and Co-Founder

Shanake Mario Seneviratne (see User:SMS) currently serves as the President and Co-Founder of YUL Bus Charters. His leadership in uniting transit enthusiasts from Montreal and surrounding areas assured the success of this organization from its inception. As President, his role is to plan each charter by getting in contact with transit authorities, and to research and obtain information to determine current and historic itineraries. As well, his role as charter director is to welcome and register charter participants, make announcements during the trip, and ensure order aboard and off the bus. Safety is a large concern to him, and from 2010 he began to sport a florescent vest to guide traffic on the road during photo stops. He also advertises the fan trips, primarily by means of the Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board, as well as through the YUL Bus Charters facebook group, the YUL Bus Charters official website, e-mail, and finally by word of mouth.

Richard Hooles is the other co-founder and served as a consultant in the planning and execution of this organization's first charters.

Vice-Presidents

David Demers (2007-present) was the first Vice-President of YUL Bus Charters appointed by Seneviratne in 2007 and served as an executive assistant to the President. Demers was selected because of his interests in driving and travelling, as well as for his second opinion. His role is to provide constructive criticism and suggestions in the preparatory stages of charter planning. He also assists the President during the charters in welcoming participants and also helps to maintain order on and off the chartered bus. In later years, David's participation with the planning and execution of charters has declined due to external factors. The President, however, has retained Demers' services for the future and decided to maintain his vice-presidency status. As an honorary gesture, David Demers was granted the title of Senior Vice-President in 2014 as a result of his hard work for YUL Bus Charters.

David Vincent (2013) was appointed as an interim Vice-President and has agreed to fulfil the duties of this position on a temporary basis, specifically for the lead-up to and the duration of YUL Bus Charter 2013 Weekend.

Alex Tipaldos (2014-present) currently serves as the Vice-President of YUL Bus Charters. As the resident CIT expert of the CPTDB, his knowledge of several smaller transit authorities was highly solicited by the President. Seneviratne also required assistance with logistics and the hospitality component of the charters, which is highly valued by the organization. In 2014, he was officially appointed by the President, not to outright replace David Demers, but to contribute to the greater success of the fan trips. Additionally, Seneviratne required increasing assistance with the charters since his injury of the year prior. The organization's second vice-president has adeptly taken on the tasks, and his enthusiasm is demonstrated with the organization's attention to the CIT network. For example, Tipaldos' involvement in the charter planning process was evident with the quality of fan trips offered to participants, specifically in Laval, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, and Gatineau.

Webmaster

James R. Hay offers the organization a website and technical support free of charge. The website is affiliated with Montrain, a group of Montreal railfans that are particularly interested in the Agence métropolitaine de transport Deux-Montagnes Line.

Collaborators

Various fan trips have benefited from extensive collaboration with the following knowledgeable persons:

Luc Côté was the director of urban transportation for Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. His active cooperation in this capacity was vital in assuring the success of YUL Bus Charters first CIT fan trip since 2008. With a university degree in urban planning, he has vast knowledge and background in Greater Montreal Area transit. He was president of the advocacy group Transport 2000 Quebec for eight years, and for six years he held a transportation analyst position with the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport. Côté's exceptional collaboration translated into several outstanding charters, especially considering the significant fleet variety that once served this city.

Claude Déziel is a section chief of the technical services division at the City of Brossard. With decades of experience in transportation photography as well as previous charter convention organizational abilities (such as the 1999 Bus History Association convention, the executive of YUL Bus Charters often looks to him for advice. Déziel's photo and slide collection is the envy of many, and he has generously offered large prints of his collection for raffle aboard our charter buses.

Jacques Matte is a retired bus operator from the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC). A self described bus fan, he counts among the province's most ardent transit enthusiasts. Thanks to his intimate knowledge of the RTC, he volunteered his expertise for Quebec Tripper 2009, and his assistance ensured a very positive outcome despite the shortcomings that occurred during this fan trip. His close relation to the RTC played an integral part during a successful private charter held in April 2011 with a bus from the Société de transport de Lévis and the participants were able to obtain photos at the busy Université Laval Métrobus Station. [3]

Félix Parent-Rocheleau is a bus operator with Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR). A lifelong trifluvian, Félix gladly offered to assist in the planning and execution of YUL Bus Charters' first visits in this city as well as the surrounding region. He also proudly invites bus enthusiasts to visit a New Look bus that he co-owns, and was pleased to allow licensed bus operators an opportunity behind the wheel after this first STTR charter. [4]

Daniel Poirier is a Montreal transportation historian specializing in the history of urban transportation on the South Shore. He is a scheduler and planner with Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL). The executive invited Poirier to help plan YUL Bus Charter events featuring RTL vehicles since 2008. His document loans from the RTL archives ensured that the regional charter itineraries were all authentic, and all attendees were granted PDF scans of the original schedules used to plan these events. Poirier has also provided materials of interest to participants, such as frisbees, lanyards, and paper buses commemorating the 40th anniversary of the RTL.

Tristan-Philippe Roy is a bus operator with Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) since 2006. He offered to assist YUL Bus Charters as a volunteer operator during every YUL Bus Charter event featuring RTL vehicles since 2008. Roy helpfully assisted with the planning of the majority of these charters as well.

Len Tapp is currently the division manager at Cornwall Transit and has actively supported our charter projects in Cornwall since 2008. With experience in the transit industry since 1989, he is sympathetic to our enthusiasm for transit, particularly buses.

Objectives

Quality

The primary mission of YUL Bus Charters is to offer exceptional fan trips in the Greater Montreal Area. Using highly desirable buses from licensed charter operators, current and historic routes are planned with the appropriate maps and by consulting knowledgeable sources. Care is taken to drive the charter itinerary beforehand in order to plot accessible photo locations with proper sun angles. Whenever possible, garage visits are organized, promotional materials are offered, and raffles are held. If the system is small enough, we endeavour to offer a photo stop for every regular revenue service route.

Legitimacy

YUL Bus Charters is motivated to promote legitimacy to the transit photography hobby through the organization of fan charters. Although aware of the ramifications of transit and terrorism in the post 9/11 world, most bus fans are nevertheless harassed by ignorant civilians, overzealous operators, and poorly trained security agents that are ill-informed on the concept of people liking transit and wanting to take pictures of it. Transit authorities become aware of their fan base when charters are organized, and are then quite willing to co-operate and provide photo opportunities not normally available. With time, relations between transit authorities and bus enthusiasts becomes very cordial once both parties are acquainted through the planning and organization of charters.

Value

It is in the interest of YUL Bus Charters to become Montreal's premier fan charter organization based on offering the best value for money. Essentially, this means that many photo opportunities are planned during the charter's itinerary. However, this also means that minimal time is allocated for breaks since charters are charged based on an hourly rate. In return for participation and support, YUL Bus Charters does its utmost to provide maps and facility tours whenever possible.

Furthermore, YUL Bus Charters ensures that all profits are to be carried over towards the planning and the cost of the next charter. Upon request, we offer information on revenues and expenditure in an effort to demonstrate our transparency. Annual reports may be offered when the future of YUL Bus Charters is secure.

Consulting

Seneviratne encourages charter planning and organization in other cities, with the goal of spreading our common objectives and vision to benefit enthusiasts in other cities. He offers consulting services freely to serious planners. For example, he served as a consultant for an OC Transpo Classic charter held in September 2008, which was similarly organized through the Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board. The Wheels of Peel charters held in July 2010 organised by David Vincent (see User:Orion VIII) also benefited from Seneviratne's advice.

The President is also active on the local level with regard to charter planning for other enthusiast organizations. When the executive of the Toronto Transportation Society (TTS) approached Seneviratne with the idea of hosting Transportation Weekend 2010 in Montreal, he welcomed the initiative and served as an active liaison between the transportation authorities and the TTS. The event was billed as being held in cooperation with YUL Bus Charters, the latter having been given authority by the TTS executive to plan and organize the various associated events and charters. However, the actual undertaking was done by the TTS, and all final decisions were their own.

Another major project undertaken was to help organize the three day convention of the Bus History Association (BHA) in the Greater Montreal Area in June 2013. The President volunteered his services at the BHA's annual general meeting in June 2011, and planning began in earnest in early 2013. YUL Bus Charters offered a private charter with the Réseau de transport de Longueuil to coincide with the hosting of the convention, which was well attended.

A similar effort was undertaken for the BHA's annual convention hosted in Quebec City two years later. The YUL Bus Charters executive collaborated with the BHA convention coordinators and planned another timely fan trip independent of the official activities. A charter was offered using a vehicle from the Société de transport du Saguenay. Incidentally, this fan trip was particularly significant: by the summer of 2015, YUL Bus Charters had chartered at least one vehicle from every Quebec transit corporation.

A third and fourth collaboration is currently underway for the BHA Convention in Vancouver, BC, in June 2017, as well as the 2019 Convention in Ottawa, ON.

Policies

YUL Bus Charters promotes professionalism within the transit enthusiast community. The group also subscribes to a "safety first" mindset.

For legal reasons, the YUL Bus Charters executive may insist that all participants must read and sign a waiver prior to boarding a chartered vehicle. We have also insisted that all participants wear a reflective vest during a night charter on one occasion.

As a private not-for-profit group, YUL Bus Charters reserves the right to restrict and/or refuse admission.

Events

YUL Bus Charter Weekend

YUL Bus Charter 2012 Weekend with Société de transport de l'Outaouais 7901 in downtown Hull.

YUL Bus Charters' flagship event takes place in May, and are by far the most popular and best attended fan trips. Traditionally, the first weekend of May has been selected for charters that are open for all to join. The flagship charters are usually named for the year that they occur. For example, the first charter weekend was called YUL Bus Charter 2006, whereby charters were held on two successive days. In 2007 and 2008, activities were only held on one day, namely the Saturday. In 2009, the charter weekend returned due to popular demand as well as interest in a regional charter on the South Shore. For the first time in 2010 and in every even-numbered year since, YUL Bus Charters incorporated an Ontario Tripper event into its May weekend. Unfortunately in 2017, the record of hosting a fan trip on the first weekend of May was finally broken. Due to uncertainty with a transit authority undergoing contract negotiations, they could not guarantee that the conflict would be resolved in time for our traditional weekend. It is hoped that we may continue to offer the transit fan community our usual weekend in 2018 and beyond.

Private Charters

An example of a private charter featuring Société de transport de Montréal 1989 MCI Classic #59-005 at Centre de transport LaSalle.

In 2008 and 2009, YUL Bus Charters used the designation of Private Charter when it was warranted to specifically charter a Société de transport de Montréal Classic bus with all costs assumed equally among participants. The cost of these charters were deemed to be quite high compared to the public charters held in May, but it was justified because chartering the bus for a lengthy period would entail a significant loss borne by the President. Initially, the private charters were organized specifically for local attendance based on local interest in a particular bus series. Previous experience had demonstrated that private charters can be cost-effective and popular, even gaining interest from persons from outside Quebec. The first of these private charters occurred in April 2008. The following year saw two successful charters held in April and October 2009.

After the successful outcome of the 2009 private charters, the executive believed it possible that, with enough participation, future STM Classic charters could be hosted without the Private Charter banner. However, private charters would evolve and eventually be held using vehicles from transit corporations other than the STM.

For several years, the Private Charter designation indicated a "by invitation only" initiative organised by the executive. The first of these truly private charters occurred in June 2010. The executive has since reconsidered its position and adapted its outlook. Inviting all to join translated into seeing successful attendance on par with the flagship weekend. With greater experience over the years, there has been increasingly minimal concern about the financial risks in chartering transit vehicles. As a result, there is less obligation to ask charter participants to equally share costs.

YUL Bus Charters nevertheless strives to maintain the Private Charter branding, whose name is reminiscent of roll sign exposures from the streetcar era. It was typically signed up for special excursions and, unsurprisingly, fan trips. It is meant to signal to the general public that the vehicle is not in revenue service and boarding is restricted to charter participants only.

CIT Tripper

The year 2008 marked the departure of only hosting charters in May and only chartering from the three largest transit authorities in the Greater Montreal Area. CIT Trippers intend to visit suburban transit authorities whose services are operated by a local Conseil Intermunicipal de Transport. Unfortunately, the majority of CITs do not have charter permits, leaving YUL Bus Charters with very few options available. In September 2008, the first CIT Tripper was planned in the city of Châteauguay using a suburban transit bus from Conseil intermunicipal de transport du Sud-Ouest. However, a change in management from Auger to Transdev made further charters from this particular CIT very unlikely. In 2014, a second CIT Tripper was held with a Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu suburban transit bus, with two further CIT Trippers that followed in 2015. We are hopeful that future CIT Trippers may be organized at this division, considering the large and unparalleled variety of vehicles currently in the fleet.

Ontario Tripper

Cornwall Transit Orion V CNG 9446 posed during Ontario Tripper 2008.

Events planned with Cornwall Transit are called Ontario Trippers, given this Eastern Ontario city's close proximity to Montreal. After visiting Cornwall Transit's varied bus fleet and meeting their friendly personnel, the executive of YUL Bus Charters decided to plan a charter within merely two weeks in November 2008. The subsequent Ontario Tripper was the first event of the YUL Bus Charter 2010 Weekend. The executive has a very good relationship with the division manager and his staff, and YUL Bus Charters now endeavours to offer Ontario Trippers at least once every two years.

Quebec Tripper

The purpose of the first Quebec Tripper in June 2009 was to ride the last active articulated MCI Classic with Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC). Unfortunately, the bus was retired the day before the charter, and the fan trip was thus undertaken with a standard MCI Classic painted in the newer colours of the transit system. Due to the less than satisfactory outcome of the event, it is unlikely that further Quebec Trippers with the RTC will hosted in the future. However, YUL Bus Charters has investigated the possibility of hosting a Quebec Tripper on the south shore facing the capital. With a more interesting fleet of vehicles and friendlier staff than on the opposite shore, a fan trip was offered with Société de transport de Lévis in 2011 and future charters with this transit authority form part of the organization's long-term planning.

Improv Charter

The charter planning process typically can be time consuming and exhaustive. YUL Bus Charters offered the Improv Charter: a simplified fan trip combining a popular vehicle with fast-paced decision making. In the case of an improvised charter, sun angles will be determined on the spot, and only contemporary routes will be chosen. Minimal work is nevertheless undertaken to ensure that the charter will not be an utter failure, but the element of improvisation gives this particular type of charter assured excitement and surprise. Both Improv Charters was hosted with the cooperation of Tristan-Philippe Roy, who is an operator for Réseau de transport de Longueuil. The timing of an Improv Charter is crucial; they can be held if it is known in advance that several bus enthusiasts will be arriving in the Greater Montreal Area. The first improvised charter was held in November 2009, shortly before Trans-Expo 2009. A second such charter was held shortly thereafter in the spring of 2011.

Due to changes in management and chartering policies, it is unlikely that more Improv Charters will be held in the future, as full details of the itinerary must be divulged prior to the fan trip. Rendered obsolete, the Improv Charter designation has merely yielded in favour of the Private Charter.

Timeline

The following list details all YUL Bus Charters fan trips in chronological order:


2006

YUL Bus Charter 2006 Weekend

Saturday 6 May 2006: Société de transport de Montréal 1989 MCI Classic 59-019

Sunday 7 May 2006: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 Van Hool AG700 8-907


2007

YUL Bus Charter 2007

Saturday 5 May 2007: Société de transport de Laval 1988 MCI Classic 5808


2008

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday 26 April 2008: Société de transport de Montréal 1989 MCI Classic 59-005

YUL Bus Charter 2008

Saturday 3 May 2008: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 MCI Classic 9-005

YUL Bus Charters presents CIT Tripper 2008

Sunday 14 September 2008: Conseil intermunicipal de transport du Sud-Ouest 1994 Nova Bus Classic Suburban 851

YUL Bus Charters presents Ontario Tripper 2008

Saturday 22 November 2008: Cornwall Transit 1994 Orion V CNG 9446


2009

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 26 April 2009: Société de transport de Montréal 1990 MCI Classic 60-013

YUL Bus Charter 2009 Weekend

Saturday 2 May 2009: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1990 MCI Classic 9-038

Sunday 3 May 2009: Société de transport de Laval 1990 MCI Classic 6018

YUL Bus Charters presents Quebec Tripper 2009

Saturday 6 June 2009: Réseau de transport de la Capitale 1991 MCI Classic L9124

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 25 October 2009: Société de transport de Montréal 1991 MCI Classic 11-088

YUL Bus Charters presents Improv Charter 2009

Sunday 8 November 2009: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 MCI Classic 9-030


2010

YUL Bus Charter 2010 Weekend featuring Ontario Tripper 2010

Saturday 1 May 2010: Cornwall Transit 1985 GM Classic 8558 (ex-Société de transport de la communauté urbaine de Québec 8530) & 1998 Orion II CNG 9752

Sunday 2 May 2010: Société de transport de Montréal 1994 Nova Bus Classic 14-122

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 20 June 2010: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 MCI Classic 9-001

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday 23 October 2010: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1990 MCI Classic 9-047


2011

YUL Bus Charters presents Quebec Tripper 2011

Saturday 16 April 2011: Société de transport de Lévis 1984 GM Classic 8413R

YUL Bus Charters presents Improv Charter 2011

Sunday 17 April 2011: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1994 Nova Bus Classic 9-413

YUL Bus Charter 2011 Weekend

Saturday 30 April 2011: Société de transport de l'Outaouais 1986 GM Classic 8620 (ex-Réseau de transport de la Capitale 8620)

Sunday 1 May 2011: Société de transport de Laval 1991 MCI Classic 6105

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Wednesday 23 November 2011: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1990 MCI Classic 9-053

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Friday 9 December 2011: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 MCI Classic 9-005


2012

YUL Bus Charter 2012 Weekend featuring Ontario Tripper 2012

Saturday 5 May 2012: Cornwall Transit 1991 MCI Classic 9138

Sunday 6 May 2012: Société de transport de l'Outaouais 1979 GM New Look 7901

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday June 16 2012: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1996 Nova Bus Classic 9-505

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday 29 September 2012: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 MCI Classic 9-031


2013

YUL Bus Charter 2013 Weekend

Saturday 4 May 2013: Société de transport de Trois-Rivières 1994 Nova Bus Classic 9401

Sunday 5 May 2013: Société de transport de Sherbrooke 1991 MCI Classic 42101

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Wednesday June 12 2013: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1994 Nova Bus Classic 9-401

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Monday December 16 2013: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1996 Nova Bus Classic 9-501


2014

YUL Bus Charter 2014 Weekend

Saturday 3 May 2014: Société de transport de Laval 1992 MCI Classic 6203

Sunday 4 May 2014: Société de transport de l'Outaouais 1979 GM New Look 7901

YUL Bus Charters presents Ontario Tripper 2014

Saturday 12 July 2014: Cornwall Transit 1998 Orion VI 9880 (ex-Kingston Transit 9810)

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 13 July 2014: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 MCI Classic 9-001

YUL Bus Charters presents CIT Tripper 2014

Saturday 27 September 2014: Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 2003 Dupont Industries Victoria Suburban 3446253

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 28 September 2014: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1989 MCI Classic 9-001 & 9-031

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday December 13 2014: Réseau de transport de Longueuil 1994 Nova Classic 9-412


2015

YUL Bus Charter 2015 Weekend featuring CIT Tripper 2015

Saturday 2 May 2015: Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 2004 Orion V Suburban 3490254

Sunday 3 May 2015: Société de transport de Sherbrooke 1995 Nova Classic 45105

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Wednesday June 10 2015: Société de transport du Saguenay 1996 Nova Classic 9603

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 9 August 2015: Société de transport de l'Outaouais 1994 Nova Classic 9404

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 4 October 2015: Société de transport de Trois-Rivières 1996 Nova Classic 9603

YUL Bus Charters presents Ontario Tripper 2015

Friday 18 December 2015: Cornwall Transit 1985 GM Classic 8558 (ex-Société de transport de la communauté urbaine de Québec 8530)

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday 19 December 2015: Ville de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 2004 Orion V Suburban 3490254


2016

YUL Bus Charter 2016 Weekend featuring Ontario Tripper 2016 Part I

Saturday 7 May 2016: Cornwall Transit 2003 Orion V 0359

Sunday 8 May 2016: Société de transport de l'Outaouais 1991 MCI Classic 9224 (ex-Calgary Transit 5066)

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday 30 July 2016: Régie du transport en commun de Shawinigan 2010 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX TUM-09

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 31 July 2016: Société de transport de Trois-Rivières 1996 Nova Classic 9603

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday 15 October 2016: FHTCQ 1985 GM Classic 55-001 (ex-Société de transport de la communauté urbaine de Montréal 55-001)

YUL Bus Charters presents Ontario Tripper 2016 Part II

Saturday 17 December 2016: Cornwall Transit 1998 Orion II CNG 9753


2017

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 23 April 2017: Société de transport de Sherbrooke 1997 Nova Classic 47103

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 14 May 2017: FHTCQ 1995 Nova Classic 15-140 (ex-Société de transport de la communauté urbaine de Montréal 15-140)

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Wednesday June 7 2017: TRAMS 1990 MCI Classic 4276 (ex-Coast Mountain Bus Company S4276)

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Sunday 13 August 2017: Société de transport de l'Outaouais 1991 MCI Classic 9117

YUL Bus Charters presents Ontario Tripper 2017

Saturday 9 December 2017: Cornwall Transit 2003 Orion V 0359


2018

YUL Bus Charter 2018 Weekend

Saturday 5 May 2018: Régie du transport en commun de Shawinigan 1997 Nova LFS TUM-18 (ex-Réseau de transport de Longueuil C9-802) & 1996 Nova LFS TUM-15 (ex-Réseau de transport de la Capitale 9613)

Sunday 6 May 2018: Société de transport de Trois-Rivières 1997 Nova LFS 9701

YUL Bus Charters Private Charter

Saturday 4 August 2018: Société de transport de l'Outaouais 1992 MCI Classic 9136 (ex-Calgary Transit 5106)

YUL Bus Charters presents Ontario Tripper 2018

Unknown date 2018: Cornwall Transit 1997 Orion VI 9881/82/87


All-time statistics: 26 MCI Classic charters; 14 Nova Bus Classic charters; 5 GM Classic charters; 5 Orion V charters; 3 Nova LFS charters; 2 GM New Look charters; 2 Orion II CNG charter; 1 Orion VI charter; 1 Dupont Industries Victoria charter; 1 ElDorado National E-Z Rider II MAX charter; 1 Van Hool AG700 charter. Total: 60 vehicles chartered.

Publicity

Over time, YUL Bus Charters has received media attention for their unique ideas and activities. Steve Faguy wrote a feature on YUL Bus Charter 2008 that appeared in The Gazette [5]. As well, a blog article was written by Faguy under his alias Fagstein [6]. The aim of this publicity is to promote our hobby and appreciation of buses. With time, we hope that eventual public acceptance will come about through education and understanding of who we are and what we do.

Future

With the experience of over thirty fan trips planned and executed, the future of YUL Bus Charters is bright and promising. Ideas are constantly considered for future activities and suggestions are welcome. Projected dates and details for public events will be posted primarily on the Canadian Public Transit Discussion Board a few months in advance of the activity. Formerly, such news was also available on the YUL Bus Charters website and its facebook group, however these pages are infrequently updated.

Contact

yulbuscharters -at- gmail -dot- com

References

The Official YUL Bus Charters Website [7]