STM - Society in motion
By investing in its bus fleet, the STM is helping to promote public transportation use, which is more environmentally friendly and less stressful than driving a car around town.
By the end of 2009, the STM will have taken delivery of 350 new buses and, by 2011, some 1,000 new buses, including 202 articulated ones, will have expanded and rejuvenated the STM bus fleet, raising the number of buses to more than 1,800.
These new buses will enable the STM to expand its service: 100,000 hours of service have already been added in 2008, and 1,100 additional departures were scheduled during rush hour on the network’s busiest routes since the beginning of 2009. In all, the STM plans on adding 220,000 hours of service during the year.
As a result, more buses, some of them having more room inside, will be at your stop more often. Good enough reasons to convince more Montréalers to gradually change their habits, from using their car to using public transit. Once or twice a week is enough to help maintain an environmental balance.
Psst! Keep an eye on our buses’ new colours, as they are representative of our Society in Motion.
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The STM is obviously concerned with offering quality services at all times. So both bus and métro people got together, highly motivated to do just that, to increase the offer of service.
Renée Amilcar, Deputy Director, Strategic Planning, Réseau des bus
And also, with the massive replacement of older buses, this allows us to have a newer bus fleet and to ensure greater reliability.
This is good news, because these are new vehicles, and so they should be more reliable. Because a bus that’s being repaired is a bus that’s not picking up clients.
Alain Sansfaçon, Foreman
An additional 350 new buses put into service between 2009 and 2011
There are three major improvements on these buses. First, we have that famous foldover ramp at the front, designed specifically so people with limited mobility can enjoy a better quality of service. And for that, we had to modify our doors. So now we have these doors that we call “1/3 – 2/3,” because only two-thirds open when the ramp isn’t being deployed. And finally, because of our concern for the environment, these buses run on a clean engine, equipped with particle filters, leading to better air quality for our clients.
At bus stops, service is frequent, and transit users notice this... From 7-minute intervals, buses now run every 5 minutes. Clients realize there are more buses, and because these are clean, attractive buses, well, clients notice them even more.
Pierre Lemay, Head of division - Logistics, Réseau des bus
In terms of reliability too, these are new buses, so they should prove more reliable.
I am very proud to have a super team, motivated and mobilized, working to provide quality service. It’s quite tangible !
Martin Lévesque, in charge of Maintenance Integration, Réseau des autobus
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