Montréal Grand Prix Champ Car
The STM will increase métro service
Montreal, 23 August 2006 - With the Montréal Grand Prix Champ Car being held next August 25, 26 and 27 on Île Notre-Dame, the STM will step up métro service. Indeed, on the 4 – Yellow line, trains will run every 4 to 5 minutes from 7 a.m. to early evenings, while service on the 1 – Green and 2 – Orange lines will be adjusted to meet demand.
The métro is still the best way to reach the racing site, and the STM suggests fans purchase their return ticket ahead of time to avoid line-ups. For $17, they can purchase a three-day Tourist Card from a number of downtown stations, including Berri-UQAM and Longueuil – Universit�-de-Sherbrooke. The card provides unlimited access to public transit during all Grand Prix Champ Car activities.
As large numbers of fans are expected to use the métro to attend racing events, access to the métro system with a bicycle will be prohibited until after 9 p.m. on August 25, 26 and 27.
Bus service ajustments
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 on Friday and Saturday, but service will be cancelled on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 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. on Sunday. Lastly, as the beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau is closed, no buses will be going there.
When planning their transportation during these three days, transit users are invited to call A-U-T-O-B-U-S (514 288-6287) or consult Planibus timetables for schedules at their bus stop. For travel directions, they should call STM-INFO (786-4636). More useful information can be found on the STM’s website at www.stm.info.
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