RTL tightens its belt and keeps moving forward!
2014 BALANCE SHEET AND 2015 PERSPECTIVES
Longueuil, February 5, 2015 – At its first regular meeting of the year, the Board of Directors of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil presented the balance sheet for 2014 and the budget for 2015.
“We made a great deal of progress in 2014, developing and improving our services, and introducing several changes. However, we now find ourselves slowed down somewhat by the difficult economic climate. Everyone needs to do their part for the collective good—we need to act responsibly and with transparency,” declared Colette Éthier, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Certain projects are advancing very well, such as the rapid transit network, which consists of priority measures for buses on five major streets in the Agglomération, including reserved lanes in certain sections. However, other projects will be placed on hold, such as the addition of new buses. Despite a 3% increase in municipal contributions, the challenges related to labour costs, including pension plans and group insurance, as well as the loss of the QST rebate, create financial pressure that makes it difficult to optimize services.
“In keeping with our goal of serving our clients better, we need to closely track expenses while maintaining a level of service that meets the needs and expectations of the residents of the Agglomération de Longueuil. We plan to get creative in order to offer solutions that will provide riders with high-quality, fast, and reliable service on a transit network that is even more efficient and reliable,” Ms. Éthier added.
The 2013 Enquête origine-destination, the results of which were recently released, indicates that the network is efficient in terms of trips into Montréal and at peak hours. It also shows a 4% increase in ridership, whereas the population increased by only 3% during the same period. Compared to the entire metropolitan area, these results demonstrate the efficiency of the RTL’s services and the importance of making every effort to facilitate public transit use within the Agglomération but also during off-peak hours.
“The remarkable success of the Express Roland-Therrien attests to the fact that smart investments can improve the efficiency of public transit networks. In fact, this new service has led to an almost 10% increase in ridership in just one year, saving passengers up to nine minutes, and boosting the user satisfaction rate to almost 90%! Together, let’s tighten our belts and continue moving forward,” concluded the Chair of the RTL Board of Directors.
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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Réseau de transport de Longueuil
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