It's the last work day before the well-deserved weekend. You're probably getting into your typical routine for the day, which may include hopping on an STM bus to get you to work or school.
If you still have some time left before your commute, you might want to find other means of transportation. It was officially confirmed this morning that the STM has pulled 285 buses out of service and will be experiencing network-wide delays for at least the entire day.
On top of that, buses have also be recalled across the rest of the province, leaving everyone with serious delays.
TL;DR The STM confirmed on their website this morning that the entire network would be suffering delays due to the recall of 285 buses. Other transit systems across the province have also been impacted due to a steering wheel issue on all hybrid buses from 2016 to 2019. There is no word on when buses will be back in service. More details below.
The recall was first announced by the Association du transport urbain du Québec late Thursday night. The recall has also impacted other transit authorities, with buses being retracted from service across Quebec.
Nova Bus first requested spot checks on the bus after discovering that the steering systems in hybrid buses from 2016 to 2019 were having technical problems.
Both the STM and Réseau de transport de Longueil confirmed on their websites this morning that service would be greatly impacted by the recall. With 285 buses not in service for the STM alone, they have already warned of major delays across the entire network.
Buses have also been recalled in Québec City, where 81 vehicles have been put on the sidelines until further notice. Transit authorities in Outaouais, Trois-Riviéres, Lévis, Saguenay and Sherbrooke have also lost part of its public transit fleet.
Luckily, Laval transit authority inspected all of their vehicles late Thursday night, allowing for full service today. Unfortunately its just the rest of Quebec that will be under intense delay for an undisclosed amount of time.
Nova Bus has identified a permanent solution to the steering wheel problem, except the manufacturer does not have enough parts to fix all busses immediately. This means that for now, you're better of walking to wherever you need to go than to wait for a bus today.
This story will be updated once new information arrives.