Using public transit in winter
In winter, transportation can’t get any simpler and safer than with public transit. So leave the car behind and enjoy peace of mind on your way!
During snowstorms or heavy snowfall, our crews work hard to offer you the best transit service possible, while keeping your safety first and foremost.
And yet we must all sometimes deal with difficult weather conditions, here are a few helpful tips for getting around the city in winter.
Our tips for your winter trips
Winter conditions can slowdown bus and métro service, just as they often disrupt road traffic.
- Bus drivers must also deal with snow, traffic jams, fender benders and slippery roads.
- The increased numbers of passengers also means that boarding at bus stops and métro stations requires more time.
- The number of people at fare booths and/or vending machines is considerable, resulting in line-ups to purchase transit fares.
Service alerts, slowdowns, and disruptions affecting elevators and the bus and métro systems are posted on-line.
Allow yourself more time for your trip – it’ll be more pleasant and you’ll get there in time.
City streets can be messy during and after major snowfalls. See the list of free parking spaces made available by the city during snow clearing operations:
Trip planning tools to get there easily
The "Your trip" tool in the Getting around section of our website will show you which bus lines or métro stations to use to reach your destination.
Just enter your departure point and destination addresses to get directions!
Avoid line-ups during snowstorms by purchasing your fare in advance.
- You can go to one of many authorized retailers to purchase the fare you want.
- You can pay cash aboard the bus, but make sure you have the exact change for the $3.25 fare.
- You can go to the nearest métro station and purchase your fare from either:
- The fare booth attendant
- One of the automated fare vending machines
Transit fare cards are not sold on the bus.
The fares you buy are loaded on different fare media. Click on each one to see how to use it.
Keep your fare card with you :
Hold on to your fare card until the end of your trip, because once it is validated, it serves as your proof of payment. Otherwise, you could be fined a minimum of $150 plus fees.
If you have limited mobility or use a wheelchair, please read the section about network accessibility on our website.
Our crews are mobilized and deployed
Look at everything our employees do to make it easier for you to ride the bus during snowstorms.