Montreal, May 10, 2007 - Aware of the problems facing the City of Montréal in the area of cleanliness and concerned with provi

Press release

City of Montréal's Clean-up Campaign:
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
is committed to doing its part!

Montreal, May 10, 2007 - Aware of the problems facing the City of Montréal in the area of cleanliness and concerned with providing its clientele with as clean and safe an environment as possible, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is getting actively involved in the clean-up campaign undertaken by the City of Montréal.

“Cleanliness is our shared responsibility, and every gesture that we make in this area is important. In order to participate fully, the STM has not only taken concrete actions over the past 18 months, but will also increase the number of workers assigned to cleaning functions during the summer of 2007. In addition, the STM will intervene in the Ville-Marie borough on a priority basis,” declared the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the STM, Claude Trudel.

In addition to the ongoing efforts of its employees, here are a few of the actions undertaken, or about to be undertaken, by the STM to contribute to the city’s campaign:

  • installation and maintenance of ashtrays outside the métro stations

  • addition of collection bins for papers and newspapers in the métro stations

  • exterior washing of the stations and regular cleaning of the surrounding areas

  • cleaning around auxiliary structures

  • cleaning of the areas surrounding the bus depots and maintenance of the grounds

  • cleaning of the bus shelters belonging to the STM, etc.

“Moreover, above and beyond the issue of cleanliness, we must take the safety of our clientele into account,” added the Chairman. With graffiti and scratchitti being more associated with misbehaviour, the STM will make sure that they are removed quickly and will employ various measures to counter them:

  • painting blitz on graffiti-covered walls, with priority given to the Ville-Marie borough

  • removal within 72 hours of new graffiti on the inside and outside of stations and on the outside of auxiliary structures in the Ville-Marie borough

  • application of an anti-scratchitti protective film on several métro car windows

  • pilot project to apply the same protective film on buses

“I would also like to emphasize the very special way in which the STM is contributing to the city’s clean-up campaign: all members of the clean-up crew will receive a CAM pass to facilitate their travel in the city.”

Finally, Mr. Trudel recalled the launch on March 26 of a cleanliness awareness campaign. The primary objective of that campaign was to improve the cleanliness in the STM’s installations and vehicles by raising awareness among clients and making them realize that they share the responsibility for keeping transit facilities clean.

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