Ex­press bus links com­mu­ters with Mon­tréal pu­blic tran­sit

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

Anyone clai­ming you must own a car to com­mute throu­ghout the region or beyond may not have heard about CIT La Pres­qu'île's latest ef­forts to link of­fis­land re­si­dents with Mon­tréal pu­blic tran­spor­ta­tion.

As of Mon­day, the Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes agen­cy res­pon­sible for moving people around ad­ded four new late mor­ning/af­ter­noon de­par­tures to an ex­press bus ser­vice that takes ri­ders from the Vau­dreuilDo­rion train sta­tion to the Côte-Ver­tu me­tro in Ville Saint-Laurent.

And once there, pas­sen­gers are free to conti­nue on to Mon­tréal, La­val, or the Rive-Nord and Rive-Sud, said Manon Cha­rest, CIT La Pres­qu'île di­rec­tor ge­ne­ral.

"We have been get­ting a lot of calls from people who are an­xious to see how this ser­vice will work for them, so we're happy about that," Cha­rest no­ted Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The agen­cy ad­ded four new day­time de­par­tures from Vau­dreuil-Do­rion to Ville Saint-Laurent - at 10:25 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 1:05 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. - and six de­par­tures in the eve­ning, all going to the Cô­teVer­tu me­tro.

In all, the bus will make 19 trips in each di­rec­tion, each day.

The ear­liest shut­tle bus de­parts from Vau­dreuil-Do­rion at 5:35 a.m., while the last bus re­turns to the region at 7:05 p.m.

The non-stop trip takes as lit­tle as 30 mi­nutes when traf­fic is light and up to 50 mi­nutes du­ring rush hour.

And while lea­ving the dri­ving to so­meone else, as ma­ny as 55 pas­sen­gers sit in the coach-style bus that has a wash­room and tables in one rear sea­ting area.

Get­ting around the region

Ac­cor­ding to Cha­rest, the changes are the re­sult of a sur­vey com­ple­ted last Sep­tem­ber, in which ri­ders iden­ti­fied a need to leave the region du­ring non-rush hour times.

"We have stu­dents who need to get to school, part-time wor­kers and re­ti­red people, so we want to fill the need for them," Cha­rest no­ted.

Since it took over the shut­tle bus ser­vice on Ja­nua­ry 1, 2009 from the Agence mé­tro­po­li­taine de trans­port, CIT La Pres­qu'île says ri­der­ship has in­crea­sed.

The 40 Ex­press shut­tle made 85,560 trips in both di­rec­tions in 2009, and 90,133 trips in 2010 for a 5.34 percent in­crease in one year.

Pas­sen­gers wan­ting to use the shut­tle can buy one way passes at $6 each, or pur­chase month­ly passes (student and se­nior ci­ti­zen passes al­so avai­lable.) Passes are good for all re­gio­nal CIT La Pres­qu'île tran­spor­ta­tion, though rates va­ry de­pen­ding on the town in which a per­son lives.

At the same time, those wan­ting ac­cess to both Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes and Mon­tréal pu­blic tran­sit can buy month­ly TRAM cards, gi­ving them ac­cess to CIT La Pres­qu'île busses and the A40 Ex­press shut­tle bus, as well as AMT busses, me­tros and trains.

A month­ly TRAM 5 card ($142 re­gu­lar fare, $114 student, $85 se­nior) is good for Vau­dreuil-Do­rion, L'Île-Per­rot, Pin­court and Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Per­rot re­si­dents, while Hud­son and Saint-La­zare re­si­dents need a TRAM 6 card ($171 re­gu­lar, $137 student, $102.50 se­nior.) Be­cause it is fur­ther away, Rigaud re­si­dents need a TRAM 7 card, Cha­rest said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on tran­spor­ta­tion ser­vices, shut­tle bus hours or where to buy passes, go to www.cit­la­pres­quile.qc.ca or call 450 424-2485.

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