The Metro's 40th Anniversary Bravo and Happy Birthday! 

Press release

The Metro's 40th Anniversary
Bravo and Happy Birthday!

Montreal, 14 October 2006 - Forty years ago today, the then Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Jean Drapeau, officially inaugurated the Metro. That celebration has become part of history and is still alive in the memories of those who were present.

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) hopes that this time too the 40th anniversary celebrations will leave behind it wonderful memories that everyone will enjoy recalling. To this end, the STM has planned out on behalf of its clients and of the public at large a range of activities that, like the lunchtime concerts, are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

Mr. Claude Trudel, the Chairman of the STM Board, is pleased to announce that "Exceptionally, to mark this day, as was the case on inauguration day, October 14, 1966, the integrated Metro/Bus transit network is carrying all passengers free, as of 5 a.m. this morning to 1:30 a.m. on Sunday."

Since Thursday, customers have been able to take part in the "Metro 40 Years" contest, in which 40 passengers will win a year's subscription to the CAM metro/bus monthly pass.

Another innovation is the commemorative booklet, designed specifically to underline the 40-year history of the Metro, which will be distributed as inserts in today's major Montreal dailies.

"We hope that this will be read by many of you and that you will keep it as a reminder of your participation in this celebration. The STM wishes a happy anniversary to the whole population!" concluded its Director General, Mr. Yves Devin.

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