Montreal, 21 November 2002 On Monday, November 25, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will expand service in the Technoparc district, by introducing a new bus route, the 21 Carrie-Derick.
The service will initially be offered on a three-month trial basis, to improve transportation in the Technoparc and provide access to industries such as Location Michel Trudel inc. and Mels Cité du cin�ma, where several major film shootings are expected in the next few months. The trial period will also allow the STM to evaluate the relevance of adding the new service to its regular network should the break-even level of 25 passengers per hour per bus be reached.
Service will be offered during morning and afternoon rush hour, Monday to Friday, and connect with the 168 Cité-du-Havre. From the terminus at the corner of Chemin des Moulins and Pierre-Dupuy Street, buses will head west along Carrie-Derick to Mels Cité du cin�ma, then head east along Marc-Cantin Street back to the terminus.
Bus service was first introduced in the area in 2000, but had to be terminated because of chronic underuse. According to Technoparc business people, the number of anticipated film productions could bring 200 to 250 transit users daily. In light of this, the STM opted for a trial period before committing to a permanent addition to its regular network.