RTL asks AMT to honour the 2002 agreement
Longueuil, February 5, 2015 – The decision by Montréal’s Sud-Ouest borough to prohibit buses on rue de l’Inspecteur has major consequences on the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), whose Board of Directors recently adopted a resolution requesting that the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) honour the 2002 contract with Ville de Montréal or compensate the RTL for operating costs related to rerouting buses.
The 20-year agreement between Ville de Montréal and the AMT, signed in 2002, set out preferential measures, including reserved lanes, in the Duke/William/Inspecteur/Mansfield/Downtown terminal corridor. Any detour that extends this route causes delays for users and additional operating costs of $600,000 per year.
“We will meet with the stakeholders in question in order to determine a route that can accommodate the passage of 200 buses per peak period, a route that will meet strict safety standards and that will not impact our clients financially,” explained Colette Éthier, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Some 800 RTL buses, 20,000 passengers, and 25 bus routes use the Champlain Bridge corridor daily to travel from the Agglomération de Longueuil to downtown Montréal. Of these, 400 buses and 15 routes use the corridor affected by the agreement between the AMT and Ville de Montréal.
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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