An articulated RTL bus passing beneath the Bonaventure highway
Montreal needs articulated (also known as bendy or accordion) buses! Anyone who rides some of the busier routes in the city would certainly agree. I was originally writing this article to ask where the hell our articulated buses are but I then came across two stories in today’s Gazette (here and here) saying that we’re getting them as part of Tremblay’s ambitious transit plan. So, the question now is, why didn’t we get them a long time ago?
It could be argued that the huge cuts made to the STM in the early ’90s made buying such buses impossible, however, the STM purchased hundred of new buses (which are now riddled with problems) in 1996 and 2001. Couldn’t some of these been articulated? I dug up this undated questionnaire indicating that the STM was indeed planning on buying articulated buses and was even testing a few models. Nothing seems to have come from it. Many cities in Canada (including Longueuil, as pictured above) have had articulated buses for years. I am at a loss as to why our many overcrowded routes would not have served as an indication of their need a long time ago.