Projects making inroads
Highlights from the Board of Directors’ meeting
Longueuil, March 17, 2015 – The Board of Directors of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) held a public meeting on March 12, at which several decisions were made regarding large-scale projects currently underway.
SAEIV – regular public transit
The Système d’aide à l’exploitation et à l’information voyageurs (SAEIV) will soon reach an important milestone. In fact, the request for proposals has been launched for the acquisition and implementation phases, and bids will be submitted in May.
“The SAEIV will help to improve the quality of our services. The geolocation and real time passenger information system, in the form of variable message panels in buses and certain bus shelters, will reduce wait times by responding more accurately to actual bus schedules,” added Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL’s Board of Directors.
SAEIV – paratransit
In addition, the Board members granted the contract to Giro Inc. to upgrade the ACCES application for the paratransit system. This project will help to ensure the RTL’s paratransit services run on time, as well as optimize the use of its material and financial resources, while improving cost control mechanisms. Acquired in 2005, the current software has reached its full potential and cannot support new features, such as geolocation and two-way data transmission between the paratransit vehicles and the application.
“The paratransit network must be able to meet the needs of everyone living with a functional limitation. This door-to-door service requires meticulous planning. ACCES 2015 will allow us to implement an information and assistance system for paratransit riders, while being able to track and send booking changes in real time,” stated Colette Éthier.
The group taxi is a service offered to clients in more remote parts of the agglomeration, which operates using the same tickets as the regular transit network. It is a complementary service to the bus network. The RTL’s Board of Directors has granted the group taxi contract to a firm called Allo Taxi.
Behaviour on buses: updated standards
In the aim of harmonizing practices and standards, and in conjunction with other transit companies in the Montréal area, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil has amended the rules governing behaviour on buses. The following will now constitute violations subject to a fine: carrying any sharp or pointed object, unless sheathed in an appropriate case; verbal violence directed at an RTL employee; as well as smoking electronic cigarettes (vaping). Passengers must also use earphones with all devices that emit sound, and store their bags in a manner that does not block the aisles or endanger other riders.
“These decisions are good news for our clients. They aim to improve our services and ensure greater safety on board our vehicles,” concluded the Chairman of the Board.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil. The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, it makes over 35 million trips annually. With some 1,085 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.
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