Montréal, October 28, 2011 – On March 20, as part of public transit’s 150th anniversary in Montréal, the STM dressed up three métro cars to represent the past. Then, in mid-June, it dressed up three more cars to illustrate present-day public transportation. Today, a view of the future is being added to this original, travelling work of art. Through this initiative, the STM is giving transit users an opportunity to discover how public transportation has evolved over time, in a unique and dynamic way.
The last three dressed-up railcars are directly linked to the STM’s 2020 Strategic Plan. Indeed, these three métro cars offer a preview of what the public transit experience will be like in the near future: cellphone infrastructure throughout métro stations and trains, more and more hybrid buses in our streets, and the deployment of a network of trolleybuses.
Furthermore, the train’s 32 advertising spaces are making way for informative posters that enable passengers to find out more about the STM’s goals and future projects. For example, that some 540 million passenger rides will be taken annually by 2020, a 40% increase over 2010; that some 100 kilometres of reserved lanes will expand to cover 370 kilometres by 2020, or that, by 2025, all new STM vehicles will run on electricity. And so much more !
Interested in the evolution of public transportation ? Climb aboard the dressed-up train running on the Orange line. If you want a preview of what the future holds or want to find out more about the history of public transportation, then go to the STM website at http://www.150stm.info/en/more-infos/video3.html where you can watch videos depicting the various periods that make up its history.
Tribute to public transit workers of yesterday and today
The STM reminds the public that its photo exhibition, Tribute to public transit workers of yesterday and today, is still being presented for free at the Passerelles des arts located at Place-des-Arts métro station. Featuring the workers of today, this fourth and final segment is the product of three Montréal photojournalists, Caroline Hayeur, Jean-François Leblanc and Jean-Eudes Schurr, members of Agence Stock Photo
It is also possible to take in the entire history at once, as the photographs of all four segments are available at www.150stm.info
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