Tailored transit services in Pointe-aux-Trembles The STM will provide an extra 10,000 hours of service beginning January 2006!

Press release

Tailored transit services in Pointe-aux-Trembles
The STM will provide an extra 10,000 hours
of service beginning January 2006!

Montreal, 22 September 2005 - The STM will be adding 10,000 hours of bus service in Pointe-aux-Trembles in 2006. According to Claude Dauphin, chairman of the STM board of directors, “Redesigning public transit services in the eastern tip of Montréal reflects the commitment made by the STM following consultations at the local level. In addition to attracting about 400 new clients, the various improvements coming into effect next January 9 will make commuting simpler for some 4,400 current transit users and cut their travel time significantly, both during rush hour and during off peak periods.”

Real improvements
More accurately, this review of public transit services in Pointe-aux-Trembles consisted of adding a bus line, modifying the routes of four other lines and changing the names of three of them. Thus, the new 86 – Pointe-aux-Trembles was created in response to local transportation needs and to enable north-south travel in the area. The 186’s modified route will take it along Sherbrooke between Honoré-Beaugrand station and the eastern tip of Pointe-aux-Trembles. The 187’s new route will link the residential area and the métro station, while the 189 will follow the length of Notre-Dame from Georges-V all the way to the métro. Finally, the métrobus 184 – Bout-de-l’Île will follow De Montigny between Tricentenaire and Saint-Jean-Baptiste to improve service for residents. Mirroring these changes, three bus routes will also be changing names. Thus, the 186 – Ren�-L�vesque will become the 186 – Sherbrooke Est; the 187 – Notre-Dame will become the 187 – Ren�-L�vesque and, lastly, the 189 –Pointe-aux-Trembles will become the 189 – Notre-Dame.

Listening to local needs
“Speaking to my colleagues of the Table des �lus-es de l’Extr�me-Est de Montréal, I made a commitment about holding public consultations among residents of Pointe-aux-Trembles and Montréal-Est. I followed up on my commitment and kept my promise ! I am pleased to join Borough Mayor Cosmo Maciocia and the STM team in unveiling the results of that public consultation and the upcoming changes for January 2006 that will make it easier to commute and encourage the use of public transit among neighbourhood residents,” added Nicole L�ger, MNA for the Pointe-aux-Trembles area.

A growing sector
Mr. Maciocia indicated that, considering its soaring growth, Pointe-aux-Trembles had been identified as a priority among neighbourhoods during the Montréal Summit. « People are increasingly choosing this area to live in or to do business. We must provide services and make it more accessible. Public transit plays a crucial role and I am convinced that the work done at the local level since 2002 with various advocacy groups will produce the results we want and lead to increased use of public transit services in our sector.”

The modifications to transit services in Pointe-aux-Trembles planned for January 2006 are the last phase of a review process aimed at simplifying local transportation, making it easier to reach Honoré-Beaugrand métro station and improving rapid transit to downtown. Indeed, the 182, 184, 410 and 430 bus routes have already been reviewed during previous phases. 

Public transit in Pointe-aux-Trembles in 2006

Number of bus routes: 10
(4 rapid transit, 2 industrial sector routes, and 4 local routes)

Number of hours of service each year: 133,700 hours
(the additional 10,000 hours = a 7.5% increase in hours of service)

Number of daily STM trips in area: 15,000

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