RTL INTRODUCES THREE NEW ACCESSIBLE LINES
Longueuil, August 24, 2015 – Today, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) introduced three new accessible bus lines for customers travelling with a manual or motorized mobility aid. Lines 4, 6, and 106, which join line 74, were inaugurated during a ceremony attended by the Chair of the RTL’s Board of Directors, Colette Éthier, the acting Mayor of Longueuil, Benoît L’Écuyer, the Mayors of Saint-Lambert and Brossard, Alain Dépatie and Paul Leduc, the Director of the Association des usagers du transport adapté de Longueuil (AUTAL), Dominique Palardy, as well as representatives of users with limited mobility.
“Eager to continue with the progressive rollout of its universal accessibility plan, the RTL is ‘walking the walk.’ We are very proud to be able to offer our customers three additional accessible bus lines. I urge customers with limited mobility to pick up a copy of our new practical guide that outlines the benefits of this service, which we’ve called RTL Universal,” stated Ms. Éthier.
“Offering various travel alternatives to people with limited mobility is not only consistent with our commitment to create an even more compassionate and inclusive living environment for our citizens, but also with the framework for implementing our Plan d’intervention à l’égard des personnes handicapées, in order to encourage their integration. Today, I am especially proud to announce the inauguration of not just one, but three new accessible lines for people travelling with a manual or motorized mobility aid,” declared the Mayor of Longueuil.
“Through its Universal Accessibility Policy, adopted in May 2015, Saint-Lambert is reiterating its commitment to promoting the full and active participation of its entire population in community life, including people with limited mobility. I am pleased that the citizens of Saint-Lambert with limited mobility are now able to use public transit just like everyone else,” stated Alain Dépatie, who is also an RTL board member.
“Driven by a desire to break down the barriers that disabled people face on a daily basis, Brossard is thrilled to announce that accessible transit services will be available at all times at the Panama terminal. Universal accessibility is a fundamental right crucial to the independence that people need to live their lives. I am confident that this is only the beginning and that, together, we will succeed in breaking down the barriers,” added Mayor Paul Leduc.
“Motivated by a concern for the public transit needs of people with limited mobility, AUTAL was pleased to participate in evaluating the RTL’s new accessible lines. The field tests showed that most stops on lines 4, 6, and 106 are accessible and meet the needs of the clientele that we represent,” concluded Dominique Palardy.
Universal accessibility is the principle that promotes similar use (in the same place and at the same time) of infrastructures by all users, regardless of their abilities.
Through its Plan de développement de l’accessibilité universelle, adopted in 2012, the RTL makes public transit available to the entire population, including customers with limited mobility, seniors, and young families travelling with a stroller. The front portion of its low-floor buses can be lowered for easy boarding and the interiors are adapted to the target clientele. An access ramp can also be deployed at the front to allow customers in wheelchairs, tricycles, or scooters to board the bus. As such, all RTL drivers have been trained on how to help customers safely on and off the bus.
Note that the interior layout of the buses contains only one reserved area for customers with limited mobility. For more information about the RTL’s accessible line or for a copy of the universal accessibility guide, visit our website at www.rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/accessibilite or contact Customer Service at 450-463-0131.
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 1,100 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.
Photo, from left to right:
Annick Mallette (and baby Thomas), Dominique Palardy, Executive Director of AUTAL,
Anita Mathison, President of AUTAL, Benoît L’Écuyer, acting Mayor of Longueuil and member of the RTL’s Board of Directors, Alain Dépatie, Mayor of Saint-Lambert and member of the RTL’s Board of Directors, Paul Leduc, Mayor of Brossard, Jacqueline Milot, Pierrette Laperle, paratransit user representative on the RTL’s Board of Directors, Colette Éthier, Chair of the RTL’s Board of Directors, and Guy Benedetti, Executive Director of RTL.
Anne-Louise Milot, Public Affairs Advisor
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450-442-8600, ext. 8145