Montréal, August 31, 2011 The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) announces that starting next Tuesday, Septmber 6, service on the 256 – Navette Or LaSalle will be optimized, thereby offering a fourth departure from Carrefour Angrignon in late afternoon. Several shuttle stops will also be added in sectors where large numbers of seniors live, as in the vicinity of the intersection of Bishop-Power and LaSalle boulevards.
“Our goal is one of continuous improvement to better meet the specific needs of seniors and make it easier for them to get around their neighbourhood using public transit. Any adjustments to the shuttle’s route stem from comments by customers, the community, borough officials and STM operations,” declared Michel Labrecque, STM board chairman.
“The Navette Or service is an improvement for seniors, in terms of mobility, as it allows them to travel from their doorstep to the front door of many businesses they patronize in the area. I thank the STM for continuing to find ways to improve this service which, I hope, will become even more popular among seniors,” emphasized Manon Barbe, LaSalle borough mayor.
The minibus service will be provided as before, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All senior residences and landmarks currently served will remain so, including Carrefour Angrignon, CLSC LaSalle, L’Octogone library, as well as two community centres. The stops near the Aquadôme and LaSalle hospital will be relocated to the curb to reduce the total travel time, making it possible to offer four departures per day in each direction. Identifying the shuttle service is easy, as its route number is featured on a gold-coloured background on designated bus stop panels.
Introduced into service in October 2009, the shuttle service is part of the service improvement program, made possible through the financial support of Transport Québec and the City of Montréal. Since 2008, ten Navette Or shuttles have gradually been deployed to improve mobility for this ever-growing segment of the population. In addition to the shuttle service in LaSalle, the STM launched similar shuttles in the boroughs of Anjou, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Montréal-North, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Town of Côte-Saint-Luc, as well as two others in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
To help customers plan their transit use, information fliers are distributed among all LaSalle residences for seniors. Customers are invited to 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 also contains more useful transit information. The STM 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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