Grand Prix de Montréal
The métro: a winning formula to reach the site
Montreal, 8 June 2004 – Because of the Formula 1 Grand Prix held on Ile Notre-Dame on June 11, 12 and 13, the STM will increase métro service. Indeed, on the Yellow - 4 line, trains will run every 4 to 5 minutes, from the first morning departure until 6 :30 p.m. (until midnight Saturday, June 12), while the number of trains on the Green – 1 and Orange – 2 lines will be adjusted according to demand.
During Grand Prix weekend last year, the STM totalled almost 359 000 fares on the Yellow – 4 line for Saturday and Sunday alone. The STM recommends that transit users purchase their return fare ahead of time to avoid line-ups. For $ 16, racing fans can also buy a three-day Tourist Pass, which provides unlimited access to public transit during Grand Prix activities.
As large numbers of fans are expected to use the métro to attend racing events, access to the métro with a bicycle will be forbidden throughout the network until 7 p.m. on June 11 and 13, and all day June 12.
Bus route modifications
Because ridership levels increase considerably during such events, bus service throughout the islands will be slightly modified. There will be no service on the 167 – Les Îles, heading to La Ronde, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Instead, transit users should take the 169 – Île-Ronde bus from Papineau métro station to reach the amusement park. The 167 – Les Îles, heading to the Casino, will run according to its regular schedule, but service could be quite slow on Sunday, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. As for the 168 – Cité-du-Havre, regular service will be provided on Friday and Saturday, although buses will not stop at Cité du Havre from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
When planning their transportation to any event during these three days, transit users should call A-U-TO-B-U-S (288-6287) for bus schedules at their stop. For other travel information, please call STM-INFO (786-4636). More useful information can also be found on the STM’s Website at www.stm.info
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