STM wants your opinion on how to redesign Montreal's bus system

Nov 6 2018, 10:30 pm

Montrealers are invited to help the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) design a new bus network.

The STM has initiated an online survey that urges citizens to express their opinions about bus routes in the hopes of appealing to Montrealer’s desires as the system’s complete redesign takes place (gradually) from 2020 to 2026.

According to the STM, several major public transit projects (REM, Pie-IX BRT, the Blue Line extension, the addition of 300 hybrid buses) will be completed by 2026 and Montrealer’s feedback will play a major role in the network’s development.

“Montréal is experiencing tremendous activity around public transportation, with the rollout of several large-scale projects and the arrival of 300 new hybrid buses planned for 2020,” says Mayor Valérie Plante. “I applaud the STM’s initiative, which will give Montrealers the opportunity to express their opinions on the best ways of making public transportation even more efficient, whether as a means of getting to work or school, or doing everyday activities,”

The process aims to assess four major variables in Montreal’s bus transit network, travel time, frequency of service, walking distance and the impact of transfers. The objective is to better understand the importance of each variable in the eyes of the public.

Once the online survey is over (November 25) a series of public consultations will take place in various sectors, starting in 2019.

“This critical milestone will allow Montrealers to state their priorities and preferences. The results will help establish the main principles on which the STM will base its system redesign. We encourage the public to participate and have their say in future bus service,” said Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the STM Board of Directors.

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