Public consultation process to guide the future bus system redesign
Montréal, October 29, 2018 – Today, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is beginning its public consultation process, which will help guide the future bus system redesign. Montrealers will be able to express their opinions via an online survey until November 25.
“Montréal is experiencing tremendous activity around public transportation, with the rollout of several large-scale projects and the arrival of 300 new hybrid buses planned for 2020. I applaud the STM’s initiative, which will give Montrealers the opportunity to express their opinions on the best ways of making public transportation even more efficient, whether as a means of getting to work or school, or doing everyday activities,” said Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante.
“This critical milestone will allow Montrealers to state their priorities and preferences. The results will help establish the main principles on which the STM will base its system redesign. We encourage the public to participate and have their say in future bus service,” said Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the STM Board of Directors.
Concretely, the process aims to assess four variables, namely travel time, frequency of service, walking distances and the impact of transfers. The objective is to better understand the relative importance of each variable in the eyes of the public.
Once the online public consultation is over, a series of public consultations will take place in various sectors, starting in 2019. The STM will be meeting with the public, taking into account the gradual rollout of the major public transit projects that will have a significant impact on the surface system, including the REM, the Pie-IX BRT and the extension of the blue line. The system’s complete redesign will take place gradually from 2020 to 2026, with the implementation of these large-scale projects.
“The system redesign is one of the major initiatives of the STM’s 2025 Strategic Organizational Plan. It is a huge commitment toward improving customer experience. The arrival of extensive public transit structuring projects and the growing number of sustainable mobility players create a favourable context for collectively rethinking the bus system that is part of the everyday lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” says Luc Tremblay, Chief Executive Officer of the STM.
Link to the survey
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Isabelle A. Tremblay