Increased service for the 747 Express Bus
Montréal, June 10, 2010 – Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing additional service on the 747 Express Bus route that has offered a direct link between downtown Montréal and Montréal-Trudeau Airport since last March 29.
Starting next June 21, STM will increase service on the 747 Express Bus route, adjusting it more closely to peak periods for travellers. Thus, the interval between buses will vary from 10 to 12 minutes on average from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.. As the shuttle service is already available every day of the week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, buses will continue to run every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., and hourly departures between 2 and 5 a.m. The bus route features nine stops in each direction, with possible connections at Lionel-Groulx metro station, Central train station, Berri-UQAM metro station and Gare d’autocars de Montréal, the main bus terminal, in addition to stopping next to a few downtown hotels and tourist attractions.
“Introduced barely two months ago, the new service is quite a success! Already, we have almost doubled our initial forecasts, with some 2500 rides taken each day. Moreover, we expect ridership on this route to grow even more during the summer. Obviously, the new service is answering a pressing need for access to transit in the area,” declared the Chairman of STM’s Board of Directors, Michel Labrecque.
“I want to emphasize the commitment by STM and its Chairman to improve public transit service to Montréal-Trudeau Airport. Since its introduction, the 747 Express Bus has provided an efficient link between the airport and downtown; both the airport employees and the passengers who use the service appreciate its reliability and punctuality. Such enthusiasm confirms the importance of establishing a rail link between the airport and downtown,” declared Jim Cherry, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM).
More fare vending machines
Starting today, two fare vending machines located at Montréal-Trudeau Airport will be at the disposal of passengers who pay the $7 fare in cash. STM is also planning on installing fare vending equipment at Gare d’autocars de Montréal, the central bus terminal, above Berri-UQAM métro station later this summer. Finally, the transit fare for the 747 shuttle is now available from fare vending machines in a dozen or so stations, including Berri-UQAM and Lionel-Groulx. That specific fare also grants access to the bus and métro system for the next 24 hours.
Moreover, holders of a weekly or monthly reduced or full fare CAM card, as well as 1-day and 3-day pass holders, can use the shuttle service at no extra cost. Monthly TRAM 1-8 cards also give access to the service. These transit fares are sold at the usual locations, at the airport (international arrivals level), at Gare d’autocars de Montréal, as well as the Info-Tourist Centres at Square Dorchester and in Old Montréal.– 30 –