From May 7 to Aug. 16, 2012, the STM will operate the Citelis Hybride bus to assess its overall and, more specifically, its environmental performance. The diesel-electric hybrid drive vehicle will travel the same routes as the articulated "control" bus. Both will carry instruments and be put into passenger service weekdays on the 435 – du Parc and 139 – Pie-IX lines. The two buses will also be assessed on other routes featuring inclines and where articulated buses are already in service.
For the RTL
From Sept. 17 to Nov. 16, 2012, the Citelis Hybride bus will mainly be operated on the 45 Express line running between the Panama and downtown terminuses, which will make it possible to assess the vehicle's performance under different, complementary conditions to those studied by the STM. The vehicle will be in use Monday to Friday, from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p. m. Customer feedback will also be welcome.