Pilot project: pet dogs allowed in the métro under certain conditions starting October 15

Press release

Starting October 15, 2022, customers will be allowed to bring pet dogs on the métro

Montréal, September 21, 2022 – Soon, many Montrealers will be able to stroll onto the métro, dog leash in hand! The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing that, starting October 15, 2022, customers will be allowed to bring pet dogs on the métro, as part of a nine-month pilot project. To keep all our customers comfortable while sharing the space with humans and canines, the new measure will come with a set of specific conditions.

Instructions for dog owners

To bring your four-legged friend on the métro as of October 15, you’ll have to follow a few rules:

  • Travel with your dog outside of rush hour, Monday to Friday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 7 p.m., and all day on weekends and holidays. Additionally, dogs will not be allowed during major events.
  • Make sure your dog wears a muzzle for the entire duration of the trip.
  • Keep a firm grip on your dog’s leash, leaving no more than 1.25 metres (49 inches) of slack.
  • Enter the métro only through entrances and entrance buildings owned by the STM. For now, Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke station is excluded from this pilot project. Discussions are underway with the entities responsible for the outer entrances to this station.
  • Pick up and clean up any mess your dog may make.
  • Keep your dog off all train and platform seating.
  • Bring only one dog per customer.

The STM also strongly recommends not using the frontmost train car, as it is reserved for school groups, daycares, people with disabilities and cyclists. It is also recommended that customers not bring dogs on escalators, due to the risk of injuring the dogs.

In collaboration with the SPCA, the STM will use its website to provide advice for customers travelling with a dog and help ensure a positive métro experience for all.

Customers who use guide and service dogs will still be allowed to bring them on the bus, the métro and paratransit vehicles at all times. All customers will also still be allowed to use the STM network with their pet in a cage or other closed container designed for that purpose, and the current rules will still apply.

A sensible and responsible approach

“The implementation of this pilot project in the métro network will offer Montrealers who wish to travel with their dog a new option for sustainable mobility. I would like to highlight the collaboration and openness of all the STM teams, which make everything possible,” said Éric Alan Caldwell, Chairman of the STM Board. “We will properly assess the results of the pilot project, in a continuous manner, in order to make an informed decision on the implementation of such a measure in the metro network.”

Applying to the métro only, the pilot project will allow the STM to more accurately assess several parameters, such as:

  • Customer and employee safety in the métro
  • Integrity and cleanliness of facilities and vehicles, as well as maintenance needs
  • Impact on the quality of service provided to customers
  • Perceived transit experience

“It is a big change for our teams and a first in the history of the Montréal métro, so we will do everything we can to create optimal conditions for this trial period.” adds Nathalie Clément, Executive Director of Bus and Métro Operations.

Respect and collaboration
Every day, hundreds of thousands of people travel on the Montréal métro, and soon, dogs will become a part of that vibrant mix. The STM therefore invites all transit users to keep being polite and respectful, so that human and canine customers can enjoy a safe and pleasant trip.