The STM will increase métro service
Montreal, July 30, 2008 – With the Nascar series held next August 1-2 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 evening, while service will be adjusted on the 1 – Green and 2 – Orange lines according to demand.
The métro is still the best way to reach the racing site, and the STM suggests fans buy 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, making it easy to attend all Nascar Nationwide Series activities.
As large numbers of racing fans are expected to use the métro for these events, access to the métro system with a bicycle will be prohibited until after 8 p.m. August 1 and all day August 2.
Bus service adjustments
Because ridership levels increase considerably during major sporting events, bus service throughout the parc islands will be slightly modified. Service will be cancelled on the 167 – Les Îles, heading to La Ronde, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Instead, transit users should take the 169 – Île-Ronde bus from Papineau métro station to reach the amusement park. However, buses will stop running at 7:50 p.m. Saturday evening because of the fireworks display. The 167 – Les Îles, heading to the Casino, will run according to its regular schedule on Friday, but service will be cancelled on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. As for the 168 – Cité-du-Havre, regular service will be provided on Friday, although buses will not stop at Cité du Havre from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Lastly, as the beach at Parc Jean-Drapeau is closed, no buses will be going there.
When planning their transportation to attend any of these weekend activities, 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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