Ca­ven­dish bou­le­vard is STM’S next step

Les Nouvelles Saint-Laurent - - ACTUALITÉS - So­nia No­reau so­­

At the end of their ser­vice im­pro­ve­ment pro­gram for col­lec­tive trans­port 2007-2011, the So­cié­té de trans­port de Mon­tréal (STM) has im­prove its’ ser­vices of­fer by 25%, going even fur­ther than the re­qui­red 16% fixed by Que­bec’s go­vern­ment. But what about SaintLaurent ? Ma­rianne Rouette, STM spo­kes­per­son ans­wers Nou­velles Saint-Laurent News ques­tions.

Are the ser­vice im­pro­ve­ments a res­ponse to de­mo­gra­phic in­crease and the construc­tion of new neigh­bo­rhoods?

STM mo­ni­tors up-close the real es­tate de­ve­lop­ment pro­jects in or­der to adapt its net­work to chan­ging needs of va­rious sec­tors. The­re­fore, it is a rea­li­ty we take in­to consi­de­ra­tion in our stu­dies and our net­work im­pro­ve­ment pro­jects. The in­crea­sing use of pu­blic trans­por­ta­tion by the gro­wing po­pu­la­tion should not be obs­cure.

Are Lau­ren­tians ta­king the bus more?

Yes. The ser­vice im­pro­ve­ment pro­gram 20072011 re­port shows a ri­der­ship in­crease of 13% in five years. This is even hi­gher than the ge­ne­ral in­crease of 11,4% for the is­land of Mon­treal. Those cal­cu­la­tions don’t take the de­mo­gra­phic rise in­to consi­de­ra­tion, but even in dis­tricts where there is no po­pu­la­tion in­crease, there is a rise in ri­der­ship.

What ser­vice im­pro­ve­ment is ex­pec­ted (or wi­shed for) in Saint-Laurent for the years to come?

We conti­nue the ana­ly­sis of de­ve­lop­ment sce­na­rios for the bus net­work. We take a spe­cial in­ter­est for the ope­ning of Ca­ven­dish Bou­le­vard that re­pre­sents a new op­por­tu­ni­ty to link the Bois-Franc sec­tor. We clo­se­ly mo­ni­tor the de­ve­lop­ment of Tech­no­park. We al­so conti­nue to de­ploy our net­work of pre­fe­ren­tial mea­sures for buses with high ri­der­ship, par­ti­cu­lar­ly on the Côte-Ver­tu Bou­le­vard.

Is the ex­ten­sion of the orange line from Cote-Ver­tu still plan­ned? If so, when could it hap­pen?

For this ques­tion, you should contact the AMT, res­pon­sible re­gar­ding eve­ry­thing concer­ning pos­sible ex­ten­sions. I re­mind you that the Li­be­ral go­vern­ment had crea­ted a pro­ject of­fice in charge of ana­ly­zing pro­jects ex­ten­sions pro­po­sed in the 2008 ci­ty trans­por­ta­tion plan. Du­ring the cam­pai­gn, the PQ said they would fa­vor the ex­ten­sion of the blue line.

Is the col­lec­tive taxi ser­vice ful­ly used?

The col­lec­tive taxi ser­vice is on-call, so the amount of dis­pat­ched car fits the vo­lume of re­cei­ved calls. No car is on the road wi­thout a pas­sen­ger. Tech­no­park is a taxi ser­vice on-call, so the num­ber of cars dis­pat­ched to de­li­ver the ser­vice de­pends on boo­kings re­cei­ved. There has ne­ver mo­ving car wi­thout a pas­sen­ger. Usage sta­tis­tics show the ser­vice is used on a re­gu­lar ba­sis by se­ve­ral em­ployees.

(Pho­to: Syl­vain Ga­gnon)

The bus ri­der­ship in­crea­sed by 13% in Saint-Laurent.

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