Montréal, August 29, 2011 The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is pleased to announce that evening service on the 77 – Cégep Marie-Victorin and 194 – Rivière-des-Prairies bus lines begins next Tuesday, September 6, providing added service until 10 p.m. week nights.
“In the past few years, the STM has substantially improved service on rapid bus routes converging on métro stations, a fact that has made them more popular among users. For that reason, we want to stay on track and offer current and potential customers a way of getting to a métro station significantly faster, in less time, without having to transfer,” declared Michel Labrecque, chairman of the STM board. “Adding evening service to these lines will also provide STM customers with options, in response to flexible work schedules. The added service means 1 000 more hours a year for the 77 bus line, and nearly 4 000 more hours a year for the 194 bus line.”
“Such increases in service meet the needs expressed by citizens and local partners. They are also perfectly in line with our borough’s objectives of promoting alternatives to car use within our territory,” emphasized Chantal Rouleau, borough mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles and city councillor.
“Extending service into the evening on the 77 bus is without a doubt a significant improvement for the numerous employees working in the Albert-Hudon sector and for Marie-Victorin college students. Being able to travel from Montréal-North to Radisson métro station in 30 minutes until 10 p.m., now that is a real service improvement,” added Gilles Deguire, Montréal-North borough mayor.
“We are all the more satisfied, as the STM also installed a new stop for the 194 bus heading to Radisson métro station in mid-July, at the corner of Roi-René and de Châteauneuf boulevards in Anjou borough,” explained Anjou borough mayor, Luis Miranda.
Financed equally by Transport Québec and the City of Montréal, these initiatives are part of the service improvement program aimed at increasing public transit ridership and giving Montrealers a more performance-driven transit network.
When planning their transit use, customers can call A-U-T-O-B-U-S (288-6287) for bus timetables at their stop. For everything else, they can call STM-INFO (786-4636). The STM website contains more useful transit information. The STM also provides cellphone users with a tool giving them access to information about transit service from their telephone (procedure outlined at www.stm.info/info/cell.htm ).
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