747 Express Bus: a resounding success
May 17, 2011
One year after its introduction, there is no denying the success of the 747 Express bus. More than a million clients have taken this direct link between downtown Montréal and Montréal-Trudeau airport. The least that can be said is that this line is definitely fulfilling its mandate of improving service at the Dorval hub and meeting airport needs.
The buses, sporting a blue chevron with a pictogram of an airplane, and equipped with three luggage racks that can hold at least 17 standard suitcases and 17 cabin bags, provide a weekday average (high season) of 3 500 trips per day!
In service seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the 747 has everything to please travellers, clients and employees alike.
The public transit reflex is taking hold, and it’s green!
The 747 Express bus in brief
- Route: nine stops in each direction, including connections with the Lionel-Groulx métro station, Central Station, the Berri-UQAM métro station and the Gare d’autocars de Montréal (central bus terminus) as well as stops near several downtown hotels and tourist attractions
- Increased frequency: buses running approximately every 12 minutes for most of the day and every hour between 2:00 and 5:00 a.m.
- Fare: passengers can pay $8 in cash aboard the bus, which gives them access to the métro and bus network for 24 consecutive hours. Holders of a regular or reduced-fare monthly or weekly CAM as well as a 1-day or 3-day fare card can take advantage of this service at no additional cost. The monthly TRAM for zones 1 to 8 also covers use of this service.
Voix off :
747 Express bus, destination Montréal-Trudeau Airport, celebrating its millionth passenger
Do you know what I’m doing here ? I’m on my way to greet the 747’s millionth passenger … Come along with me !
I am aboard the 747, the new bus route introduced by the STM a little over a year ago, running between Montréal’s airport and downtown. There were eight buses to begin with and we had to refit eight others, because of the storage space inside for luggage. And there is something new for this summer: 8 of the 16 buses will have air-conditioning, because we want to test and compare both options with our clients and employees, and Wi-Fi will also be available. The 747 is a huge success and the whole team is ecstatic. I will be joined by the President of ADM, Aéroports de Montréal, to greet our millionth passenger.
Ladies and gentlemen, hello and welcome. I’m the Chairman of the Board of the STM.
M. Cherry :
My name is James Cherry, I’m the President of the airport.
Welcome to this very special ride downtown. Somewhere in this bus is our millionth passenger !
Un passager :
From the Philippines
The Philippines !
Germany ? OK, from which city in Germany ?
Kehl eh !
And from which city are you ?
Montpellier ! There is a great tramway in Montpellier !
You’ve all received a bag from the STM, we’re also going to draw some special prizes as well.
Hello everyone, and welcome to Montréal. In a few minutes, we will arrive at our first stop at Lionel-Groulx metro station. If you need any information, do not hesitate to come see me. I’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Long live the 747, long live the STM and ADM !!!!
I’m very happy for the millionth passenger abord the 747 express bus. I’m also very surprised that the president of Montreal-Trudeau is on that bus. So, yeah, that makes it a special ride! Please tell me if you know the name and the adress of the millionth passenger, it’s possible I’ll want to visit him/her Report an abusive comment
I’m very happy for the 1-millionth passenger on the 747 express bus. Also, I don’t see why they say it only connects to Berri and Lionel-Groulx, the 747 express bus also connects to Bonaventure. As well as this, I heard about the millionth passenger of Place d’Armes station, who passed through the turstiles at 17:05 on November 4, ‘74. Report an abusive comment
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