Express bus links commuters with Montréal public transit
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.