More people using public transportation
CIT La Presqu’île numbers encouraging
Ridership on the region’s public transportation services is up, according to CIT La Presqu’île, which also runs Transport Soleil, a transportation provider for people with mental and physical disabilities.
ore than 55,000 additional rides were taken on busses running in seven MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges towns serviced by CIT La Presqu’île. Manon Charest, executive director of CIT La Presqu’île and Transport Soleil, said 462,631 movements, or rides, were taken on CIT La Presqu’île busses in 2012, compared to 407,044 taken in 2011.
CIT La Presqu’île offers public transport for five member towns: Vaudreuil-Dorion, Hudson, Pincourt, L’Île-Perrot and Notre-Dame-de-l’ÎlePerrot. Two more towns, Saint-Lazare and Rigaud, fall into the client category. Member towns, which pay more for the status, have voting rights on all CIT La Presqu’île decisions. Client towns do not, though Charest says they do their best to accommodate client towns.
“When they are a client, they pay a certain amount for the bus service only,” she explained. Both members and clients recoup most of what they pay for the service through ticket revenue sharing.
In addition to an overall increase, most towns also saw ridership go up in the past year. Ridership in Vaudreuil-Dorion was up in 2012 by 14.31 percent. The number includes rides taken on the A-40 express bus, which offers non-stop service from the Vaudreuil train station to the Côte-Vertu metro station.
“We also added some service at night (on A-40) after 7:30 p.m. but we can’t measure the increase yet because we only started that in September,” Charest noted.
The new service includes three more back and forth runs, with the last bus coming into the Vaudreuil station at 11:30 p.m. The A-40 runs Monday through Friday. Another public transit addition proving riders want to get to and from the island of Montreal at night is bus # 35, which runs until 11:28 p.m. from the Dorion train station. Its route includes Pincourt and the island of île Perrot before ending in Sainte-Anne-deBellevue, where riders can hook up with Montreal’s public transportation services.
More than 6,400 riders have used bus # 35 in its four months in service.
“We had 2,346 riders in November alone,” Charest said. “We didn’t expect it to go that fast; it’s a big demand.”
Saint-Lazare riders have also been getting on the bus. Charest says ridership was up 21.76 percent in that town in 2012. The service provider is considering adding two larger busses, or a few more mini busses in Saint-Lazare since some are regularly over capacity.
They also replaced three mini busses servicing John Abbott College from the Vaudreuil train station with one large, low-floor urban bus that can seat up to 75 people while still allowing room for others to stand. The JAC bus also boasts a bicycle storage space.
Mini busses can only seat up to 21 riders.
New service to Gérald-Godin
And a new arrow in the off-island public transportation’s arsenal was the addition last month of bus # 91, running from the Vaudreuil train station to Pincourt and L’Île-Perrot before heading for Gérald-Godin, a French CEGEP located on Gouin Blvd. in SainteGeneviève.
The bus, which has morning and evening runs, makes two additional stops in Pointe-Claire before arriving at Gérald-Godin. Charest said the West Island stops can be beneficial to other riders.
“Since it’s a new service not everyone knows about it, but this gives students from our region a way to get to school at Gérald-Godin, and other people a chance to go to work or shop,” Charest noted.
Other ridership increases in 2012 included a 10.64 percent increase for Pincourt and an 11.47 percent increase for L’Île-Perrot and Notre-Dame-de-l’ÎlePerrot. Meanwhile, Hudson saw a 12.5 percent decrease, which Charest attributes to a change in the bus route. CIT La Presqu’Île and Transport Soleil are located at 4, rue Saint-Michel, in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
To get a copy of the bus schedules or for information about tickets and prices, call 450 424-2485. CIT La Presqu’Île’s website, www.citlapresquile.qc.ca, is currently being updated to include many interactive features. People can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIT La Presqu’Île swapped out three mini busses for one low-floor urban bus for students going to John Abbott College.