Montréal, August 15, 2011 The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is pleased to announce the creation of a new, call-based shared taxi service in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to improve public transit service in the West Island. The service will be provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, linking the Sainte-Marie residential neighbourhood to the west terminus of the 217 – Anse-à-l’Orme bus route starting next August 19.
“The added shared taxi service follows a request by area residents, making it easier for them to get around locally using public transit, particularly during off-peak periods,” declared Marvin Rotrand, vice-chairman of the STM Board of Directors. “The new service, equally funded by Transports Québec and the Montréal agglomeration, as part of the public transit service improvement program (PASTEC), is the result of a close collaboration between the STM and elected officials from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.”
“This project is a first step in the overall improvements to public transit service in the north end of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. We are hoping that a large number of our citizens will use the new service, thereby promoting the expansion and optimization of public transit services in that part of town,” added the mayor of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Francis Deroo.
The shared taxi route will feature a dozen or so stops in the Sainte-Marie district, taking passengers to the west terminus stop of the 217 – Anse-à-l’Orme bus route, at the corner of L’Anse-à-l’Orme Road and Timberlea Trail. There, transferring to the bus will enable them to reach the shopping mall next to Jean-Yves Street in Kirkland, shops along Saint-Charles Boulevard and Fairview Terminus.
Departures will take place every hour or so in both directions Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The shared taxi schedule is synchronized with the 217 timetable to keep transfer waiting times to a minimum.
Customers must reserve a seat at least 40 minutes ahead of time by calling the CO-OP des propriétaires de taxi de l'Ouest métropolitain directly at 514 636-6666. Transit users can also check out the STM website (www.stm.info) for more useful information to help them plan their trip. Passengers must show a valid STM fare to pay for their ride.
The STM already provides shared taxi services in ten other locations: Avenue Phillips (Senneville), Baie-D’Urfé, Gare Lachine, Île-des-Sœurs, L’Île-Bizard, Rue Norman (Lachine), Parc industriel Lachine, Quartier Sainte-Marie (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – rush hour only), Chemin Senneville and Technoparc Montréal (Saint-Laurent).
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