RTL TAKES STOCK OF ITS DECISION TO PULL NOVA BUS SERIES-E HYBRID BUSES
Longueuil, March 22, 2019 - After deciding to take its Nova Bus Series-E buses off the road last night, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is pleased to announce that its service was running at 95% during this morning’s rush hour.
The decision to pull the buses triggered an emergency response plan to inspect all vehicles before they could be declared roadworthy.
“Maintenance employees quickly sprung into action to inspect the buses. This outstanding teamwork allowed us to minimize the impact on our users,” stated Michel Veilleux, Executive Director of the RTL. “The inspection turned up nine defective buses, which we’ve taken off the road. The RTL’s decision to pull the vehicles was made for the sake of both our users’ and our employees’ safety.”
The nine buses taken out of circulation will be repaired and put back on the road as soon as possible after consulting with the manufacturer.
Last night, the province’s nine public transit agencies announced their decision to pull nearly 600 buses off the road after a problem with the power steering was discovered in hybrid buses delivered between 2016 and 2019.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil.
The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometres. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region. The RTL is the tenth best employer in Canada in 2019 according to Forbes.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs
of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.