Buses rolling in this fall
Rigaud could have a new form of public transportation next month while Saint-Lazare residents will follow a short time later.
Beginning as early as July 2 in Rigaud and the end of September in Saint-Lazare, both towns’ residents will be able to connect to the Vaudreuil-Dorion train station and beyond through a public transportation bus.
Last week, mayor Pierre Kary announced an agreement that had been reached between Saint-Lazare and the Conseil intermunicipal de transport La Presqu’Île, CIT La Presqu’Île.
Kary added the service should be up and running in time for a new school year, while Rigaud, which is still negotiating with the agency, could have service by early July.
In Rigaud’s case, the timing is important as the town is scheduled to lose its oncedaily train service on June 30.
Currently, public transportation is offered by distinctive CIT La Presqu’Île white mini-buses in towns including VaudreuilDorion, Hudson, L’Île-Perrot, Notre-Damede-l’Île-Perrot and Pincourt. Each bus can carry up to 29 passengers. Saint-Lazare residents should be able to get bus service at one of six anticipated routes throughout the town. Though no routes have yet been mapped out, it’s expected that buses will run along most major arteries. According to Kary, busses will take commuters to the VaudreuilDorion train station six times each morning, returning to Saint-Lazare the same number of times each afternoon.
From the Vaudreuil train station, commuters can take trains intoMontreal or use additional public transportation buses to travel to places like John Abbott College or collège deValleyfield.
They can also connect to an express bus that goes directly to the Côte-Vertu Metro station that in turn links commuters to the entire Montreal public transportation metro and bus network.
Costs not yet determined
But the price of a ticket has not yet been decided, according to CIT La Presqu’Île, which says Rigaud and Saint-Lazare residentsmay pay a littlemore per ride than in other towns due to their outlying locations. The cost, however, should be comparable to what Hudson residents pay: $3.25 per ticket or $81 for amonthly pass.
Kary says routes and frequency of buses could change according to demand once the service starts.
Distinctive white CIT La Presqu’Île mini-buses will soon roll through Rigaud and Saint-Lazare.