Montréal, August 29, 2011 The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) announces route modifications for the 252 – Navette Or Montréal-Nord and 257 – Navette Or Rivière-des-Prairies, starting next Tuesday, September 6.
“Our goal is one of continuous improvement to increase ridership aboard our Navette Or shuttles, better meet the specific needs of seniors and make getting around the neighbourhood easier for them with public transit. These route modifications follow comments from customers, the community, borough officials and STM operations,” declared Monica Ricourt, STM board member and Montréal-North borough councillor.
“We are always concerned with providing quality services for seniors and we are pleased that they can now enjoy Navette Or service every day of the week,” emphasized Chantal Rouleau, mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles borough and city councillor.
“The fact that the 252 Navette Or deviates from Henri-Bourassa boulevard to drive through the commercial zone of Place Bourassa, passing next to Wal-Mart and the entrance to Place Bourassa, is a great improvement, because seniors who use the shuttle can now access retail areas without having to walk a long distance,” added Gilles Deguire, Montréal-North borough mayor.
Two new stops along the 252 shuttle route
The 252 – Navette Or Montréal-Nord will directly serve Place Bourassa and the Wal-Mart store by way of each one’s parking lot. Minibus service will be provided as usual, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to seniors’ residences, the shuttle’s itinerary will continue to cover the main points of interest for seniors, such as the Centre de loisirs de Montréal-Nord, the Henri-Bourassa public pool, the public library at the cultural and community centre, as well as other retail businesses along Henri-Bourassa boulevard.
More service for the 257 shuttle
Service on the 257 – Navette Or Rivière-des-Prairies will significantly increase as the shuttle will now run five days a week, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In answer to demand by seniors, the shuttle will now serve the Halles d’Anjou, Costco and two new stops along Maurice-Duplessis boulevard, the first at the corner of Alexis-Carrel and the second at the corner of 27th Avenue. Moreover, the itinerary was optimized to provide a fourth departure from the Galeries d’Anjou in late afternoon. All seniors’ residences and several landmarks will continue to be served, including RDP’s aquatic and community centres, public library and Galeries d’Anjou.
Service improvements for the 77 – Cégep Marie-Victorin and 194 – Rivière-des-Prairies
Moreover, the STM is bringing further service enhancements to express lines providing rapid service between outlying sectors and métro stations. Encouraged by the success obtained by previous service increases, the STM will extend service until 10 p.m. on the 77 – Cégep Marie-Victorin and 194 – Rivière-des-Prairies bus routes. The added service will benefit the area’s population, including seniors and Marie-Victorin college students.
Introduced into service in September 2008 and October 2009 in the boroughs of Montréal-Nord and Rivière-des-Prairies respectively, the Navette Or shuttles are part of the service improvement program, made possible with the financial support of Transport Québec and the City of Montréal. Since 2008, ten Navettes Or shuttles have been gradually deployed to improve mobility for this ever-growing segment of the population. In addition to the shuttle service in Montréal-North and Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, the STM launched similar shuttles in the boroughs of Anjou, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, LaSalle, Town of Côte-Saint-Luc, as well as two others in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Identifying the shuttle service is easy, as its route number is featured on a gold-coloured background on designated bus stop panels.
To help customers plan their transit use, information fliers are distributed among all residences for seniors in that area. 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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