Rem Longueuil is pushing to redesign its public transit

Rem Longueuil is pushing to redesign its public transit

RTL promises that this restructured network will be better connected to the three Metro Express Network (REM) stations. The first departures of this light rail are scheduled for an indefinite period this spring, after the postponement of the last fall.

REM will use the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge to connect the South Shore with the city of Montreal, which makes this network revision, the largest in the last 30 years at RTL.

Thus, RTL services will no longer go to the Samuel-De Champlain bridge, and will no longer go directly down to the town of Montréal, except for a few bus lines.

This is what Nicolas Tanguay, senior director of planning and development at RTL, explained in the show Le 15-18, at the ICI Première: This is a big change that is coming to the South coast with REM crowded, fast; efficient, and we will complete it by offering public transit on the South Shore.

Some bus lines will be removed completely. These major changes, already completed, affect some twenty bus routes.

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The daily habit of about 10,000 customers will be so mixed, acknowledged Mr. Tanguay. Travelers who previously walked to Montreal by bus will now see modal transportation added to their route. That is, they take the bus and Rem.

However, unlike buses that were subject to traffic fluctuations, REM will provide more reliable travel times. [et] As usual, the manager of RTL argued.

“On top of this there must be profit for the population. It is certain that there will be exceptions and people for whom it is not enough. »

— The words of Nicolai Tanguay, from the Réseau de transport de Longueuil.

RTL makes these changes to the advanced network more and more to the needs of the citizens of the cities of Longueuil, Brossard, Boucherville, Saint-Lambert and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.

This redesigned network includes:

  • 29 bus lines connected to three REM stations in Brossard;
  • more than 1,400 daily trips or by REM;
  • 27 circuits added or redesigned, adding five new lines;
  • more than MMC change of bus stop.
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    The advent of REM, whose branch was first chosen at 16 kilometers, prompted RTL to adapt its times and facilitate access to local centers such as shopping centers, industrial parks and educational facilities.

    The first step

    In order for public transit users to understand these changes, RTL tools will be available to them on the Internet, such as an interactive map, a route simulator and an informative video. All to optimize the dock at REM.

    This is only the first step, says RTL, which intends to gradually develop its network to meet the needs expressed by the citizens of the agglomeration. More than 1,700 of them participated in public consultations.

    Their requests will be heard as far as funding is concerned, RTL specifies in a press release: As such, RTL is working with the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, ARTM and all its partners in the identification of permanent solutions. to be able to restore public transit to the benefit of the entire population.

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    How to reduce costs?

    Last week, the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) proposed to the leaders of STM, STL, RTL and Exo a plan to reduce the costs of some of their services.

    ARTM works as a contractor for the public transit project in collaboration with, in particular, the RTL. However, the shortfall is estimated to be around 500 million dollars by 2023.

    For its part, the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) announced at the end of February a plan to reduce its spending by $18 million.

    The minister of transport and sustainable mobility in the government of François Legault, Genovefa Guilbault, has announced her intention to find a long-term solution to the problem of public transport in Quebec.


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