Cavendish boulevard is STM’S next step
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.
The bus ridership increased by 13% in Saint-Laurent.