Gérald-godin, CIT La Presqu'île enter shuttle bus agreement
Service to start in region in August
Students from the Vaudreuil-soulanges region attending CEGEP Gérald-godin in Sainte-geneviève will have a new way to get to school beginning in August.
The Conseil intermunicipal de transport La Presqu'île, the off-island's regional transportation body, signed an agreement with the French-language CEGEP to provide what both saw as a necessary service to students.
CIT La Presqu'île serves seven VaudreuilSoulanges towns including VaudreuilDorion, Hudson, Pincourt, L'île-perrot, Notre-dame-de-l'île-perrot, Rigaud and Saint-lazare.
Beginning mid-august to coincide with a new CEGEP school year, a mini-bus shuttle will depart twice each morning Monday through Friday from the Vaudreuil train station, and will bring students back to the region during two afternoon departures from the Sainte-geneviève campus.
CIT La Presqu'île Director General Manon Charest said shuttle times will be coordinated with train and school schedules.
The shuttle will start from the Vaudreuil train station stopping at train stations in Dorion, Pincourt and L'île-perrot, before continuing on to Gérald-godin.
It was also determined in a meeting last week between CIT La Presqu'île and Société de transport de Montréal officials that the bus will make one stop in PointeClaire after leaving Gérald-godin.
It will then head back to Vaudreuil and start the route again.
Charest says the Pointe-claire stop, the location of which has yet to be determined, was added to better serve West Island commuters.
"If people in the West Island want to work, study, or shop off-island they can," she said.
Rates for the new service, for people living in zones 1 and 2, will be the same as those for the A40 Express Bus that operates each weekday to and from the Côte-vertu metro.
A regular monthly pass will cost $114.50 (students and senior citizens will receive reduced rates,) while a book of 10 passes will cost $37 at the regular rate. A single ride on the new shuttle bus will cost $6 each way once the service debuts, said Charest.
Service based on need
Charest says CIT La Presqu'île was aware there was need for such a shuttle to Gérald-godin, but waited for the college to make an official request.
"We knew we had demand from our citizens but we were waiting for them to contact us," she explained.
CEGEP Gérald-godin serves 1,100 students, many from the VaudreuilSoulanges region.
CIT La Presqu'île currently offers a similar shuttle bus service to John Abbott College. It also operates the A40 Express shuttle bus, while offering adaptive transportation services to commuters with special needs under its Transport Soleil banner.
Gérald-godin director Christian Roy said the school requested the service based on feedback from students and parents.
The French-language CEGEP will also host an open house next month, on Feb. 1.
New CIT location
And CIT La Presqu'île has a new and larger office location. The regional transportation body began operating and serving customers last week from a new location, 4, rue Saint-michel in VaudreuilDorion, which is across the street from its old location.
"It's gorgeous," Charest said of the new offices, adding, "It's a lot bigger and nicer and the entire space is dedicated to transportation services in the region."
Office hours remain the same, Mon., Tues., Wed. and Fri. from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thur. 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For information, call 450 424-2485, or go to www.citlapresquile.qc.ca.