STM increases 419 – Express John-Abbott bus service

Press release

Société de transport de Montréal (STM) announces additional service for the 419 – Express John-Abbott line starting June 19.

Montréal, June 12, 2017 – Société de transport de Montréal (STM) announces additional service for the 419 – Express John-Abbott line starting June 19.

STM will increase service on the 419 – Express John-Abbott bus line on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) during the summer season, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This expanded service aims to make the Ecomuseum Zoo more accessible to patrons leaving from Fairview Centre. Also, the 419 bus will travel to MacDonald terminus during that same period to make transfers easier for customers.

« This added service will improve our offer of bus service for residents in the west part of the island and make public transit easier and more appealing to reach the Ecomuseum Zoo. STM listened to local stakeholders and cooperated with them to come up with this winning solution. Another tangible example of the shift toward customers taken in 2015, » stated STM board chairman, Philippe Schnobb.

« Our Administration is decidedly committed to sustainable mobility. This service enhancement is in line with our goal of making public transit attractive to help lessen the reliance on cars and reduce our carbon footprint. In a year of festivities with the city celebrating its 375th birthday, I invite all Montrealers and visitors to come discover the Ecomuseum Zoo, the one and only outdoor zoo on the island of Montréal, » added Aref Salem, Montréal executive committee member responsible for transportation.

« The Ecomuseum Zoo is a tourist destination with a superior educational mission of which we are proud partners and, in that regard, a public transit service improvement is perfectly consistent with our vision for the development of tourism. We praise the work done by Société de transport de Montréal, as it clearly understood the importance of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue as the summer tourist destination in Montréal’s West Island sector, » said Mrs. Paola Hawa, mayor of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

« With some 126,000 visitors each year, the public increasingly views the Ecomuseum Zoo as something they must experience in Montréal’s West Island. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the STM to help residents reconnect with nature and Québec’s wildlife during the summer season. Tangibly, this means the Ecomuseum Zoo will be given the chance to further expand its educational impact on the community, while offering another option for families looking for an eco-friendly outing while using public transportation, » explained David Rodrigue, managing director of the Ecomuseum Zoo.

Keep in mind that STM will add 100,000 hours of bus service in 2017. Any improvements and additional service, implemented at the start of each season with daily service adjustments, will be announced as they are rolled out with STM’s territory on the island of Montréal.

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From left to right : Aref Salem, membre du comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal et responsable du transport; Philippe Schnobb, président du conseil d'administration de la STM; Paola Hawa, mairesse de la ville de Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue; David Rodrigue, directeur général du Zoo Ecomuseum. 


Isabelle A. Tremblay
Société de transport de Montréal
514 350.0800, poste 84940

Noémie Brière-Marquez
Attachée de presse
Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
Ville de Montréal
Bur. : 514 872-9998 | Cell. : 514 243-1268

Martin Bonhomme, ing. CPA CMA MBA
Directeur général, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
(514) 457-6834

Émilie Sénécal
Zoo Ecomuseum
514 457-9449, poste 103