April 20-21, 2005 The STM is road-testing articulated buses under actual passenger service conditions on the 535 Parc/C�te-des-Neiges bus route
Montreal, 20 April 2005 - Today and tomorrow, passengers using the 535- Parc/C�te-des-Neiges bus route will have the opportunity to assess two different types of articulated buses, one with front-wheel traction, the other with rear propulsion. Carried out during morning rush hour, the road tests will serve to collect comments by transit users. To that end, STM staff will hand out survey cards for customers to voice their opinions aboard the buses. In addition, the STM will soon be holding discussions with regular transit users. These focus groups will comment on the interior layout and design of the buses, as well as their comfort on the road.
This evaluation process has been made possible with the help of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) and the City of Ottawa (OC Transpo), who are lending the STM conceptually different types of articulated buses for the entire testing period.
Last March, the STM conducted a comparative analysis of the road-handling aspect of the two types of articulated buses under winter conditions.