Sound management keeps RTL on track
HIGHTLIGHTS FROM THE RTL BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETING
Longueuil, May 7, 2015 – During the public Board of Directors’ meeting held on May 7, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) tabled its audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014.
The 2014 fiscal year ended with a surplus of revenues over expenses of $285,000, or 0.2% of the budget. The increase in revenues stems mainly from the settlement of suits against government agencies, such as the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST), in RTL’s favour. Conversely, additional expenses were incurred to account for the cost of group benefits in coming years.
Over the next few weeks, the Board of Directors will be asked to specify how this budget surplus will be used to deal with contingencies and operating needs.
“2014 was a pivotal year for the RTL, with the launch of our strategic plan Vision d’ensemble 2013-2022, which marks a major shift toward improved customer service and organizational priorities. In addition to making some 34 million trips last year, the RTL did not rest on its laurels, marking such occasions as the organization’s 40th anniversary, the 49th Finale des Jeux du Québec, the Association du transport urbain conference hosted by the Agglomération, numerous new partnerships, an increased presence in the community, and the celebration of our one billionth passenger. Under the responsible management of the RTL, this trend will continue in 2015, thanks to the innovative transportation solutions that we’re working on, such as the new on-demand taxi pilot project,” emphasized Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
RTL donates its old buses
The RTL has reached an agreement with the Centre professionnel Paul-Rousseau (Commission scolaire Des Chênes) to donate the old buses that it would normally discard every year to students in the bus mechanics program.
“This is a good long-term investment that will support the training of new mechanics. The bus mechanics program is the first of its kind in Québec, and we very proud to play a part in it by donating our old buses,” stated the Chairman.
A bus will also be donated to the Agglomération de Longueuil fire department for firefighter training exercises.
Other resolutions were adopted at the meeting, including the awarding of a contract to TELUS Communications, following a request for proposals to install a computer network capable of supporting and integrating a range of new technologies.
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 1,100 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.
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