The RTLThis redesigned network promises to be better connected to three stations of the Metropolitan Express Network (REM). The light rail’s first departures are scheduled for an undetermined date this spring after being postponed last fall.
The REMIt will use the Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge to connect the south coast to downtown Montreal, the largest network overhaul in the past 30 years. RTL .
Thus, buses RTLThe Samuel-de-Champlain Bridge is no longer passable and does not go directly into downtown Montreal, except for a few bus routes.
This was explained by Nicolas Tanguay, senior director of planning and development at RTL
This is a big change coming to the south coast REM It will be more frequent, faster, more efficient and will complete the public transport offering on the South Bank.
Some bus routes will be canceled altogether. These major changes, which have already been implemented, will affect around twenty bus routes.
Such is the daily habit of nearly 10,000 customers
burdens, Mr. recognized Tanguay. Passengers who previously traveled by bus to Montreal will now see a model transfer on their journey. In other words, they are a bus and the REM .
But unlike buses which are subject to the variability of traffic, the REM
Very reliable transit time [et] Also regularVin’s manager argued RTL .
” All in all, it should be profitable for people. There are sure to be exceptions and there are people who are not up to par. »
More connected to the needs of the citizens of Longueuil, Brossard, Boucherville, Saint-Lambert and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.
This redesigned network will include:
- 29 bus routes are connected to the three stations REM in Brossard;
- More than 1400 daily trips to or from REM ;
- 27 circuits were added or redesigned, including five new lines;
- More than 2100 modified bus stops.
arrival REMIts 16 kilometer antenna was electrified for the first time RTL It also adapts its schedules to facilitate access to local hubs such as shopping centres, industrial parks and educational venues.
A first step
Public transport users are aware of these changes and the RTLOn the Internet, they have access to tools such as an interactive map, travel simulator, and informative video. In order to improve all stowage REM .
He says this is only a first step RTL, intends to gradually upgrade its network to meet the needs expressed by the citizens of the Federation. More than 1,700 of them participated in the public consultation.
Their demands will be heard as long as funding is available, notes RTL
Similarly, the RTL Collaborates with the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable MobilityARTM All its partners to identify long-term solutions that will restart public transport for the benefit of the entire population.
How to reduce costs?
Last week, the Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority (ARTM) proposed to the leaders STMof STL of RTL And exo plans to consolidate some services in an effort to cut costs.
i’ARTMIn particular, works as a conductor to plan public transport in conjunction with RTL . But the commission faces an estimated shortfall of around $500 million by 2023.
For its part, the Société de transport de Montreal (STM) announced plans to cut its spending by $18 million at the end of February.
Genevieve Guilbault, Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility in the François Legault government, has announced her desire to find a permanent solution to the problem of funding public transport in Quebec.
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