RTL BUDGET ADOPTED
Longueuil, December 11, 2015 – At the public meeting held on December 10, the Agglomération de Longueuil council adopted the 2016 budget for the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), which amounts to approximately $166.5 million, a 1.4% increase compared to 2015. Note that the Agglomération de Longueuil’s contribution has been set at $75 million for 2016.
The 2016 budget is transitional pending the adoption of the Québec government’s new governance and funding framework. Moreover, the current budgetary context requires the organization to redouble its efforts to keep expenses in line while minimizing the impact on its services.
“Despite everything, we will continue to propose innovative solutions to promote the mobility of people in the Agglomération, in particular by focusing on greater involvement in the community and on developing many partnerships, both with cities of the Agglomération and during cultural, sporting or recreational events,” stated Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
SAVINGS RELATED TO HYBRID TECHNOLOGY
As the Paris Climate Summit wraps up, the RTL can say that it is doing its part to fight climate change by gradually replacing its conventional buses with hybrid bus models. This hybrid technology generates fuel savings of about 20% annually, which accordingly reduces the greenhouse gas emissions from these vehicles.
In Colette Éthier’s opinion, the RTL is a role model with regard to the electrification of transportation: “Although the first hybrid buses were put into service in November 2014, they will represent more than 15% of the RTL’s bus fleet at the start of 2016, for a total of 72 vehicles. The RTL is the largest hybrid bus operator in Québec!” The purchase of the 107 hybrid buses to be added to the fleet is provided for in the 2016-2021 Five-Year Capital Plan (FYCP).
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, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometers. With some 1,100 employees, RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, 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 RTL.
Anne-Louise Milot, Public Affairs Advisor
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450-442-8600, ext, 8145