Phase two of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund
RTL receives more than $60 million to improve customer service and purchase new buses
Longueuil, September 15, 2017 – On the heels of the announcement of an initial $62 million investment by the governments of Canada and Québec in order to carry out 34 different projects, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) applauds a second investment of more than $60 million under phase two of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).
This financial support will have tangible positive impacts for RTL users. In concrete terms, it will enable:
- the purchase of 38 new, air-conditioned hybrid buses, ensuring greater comfort on hot summer days;
- the purchase of 4 new, small electric buses, which will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in accordance with the RTL’s guidelines on sustainable development;
- the continued rollout of the new Chrono real-time information system across the entire RTL network. Thanks to this leading-edge technology, RTL users can now plan their trips more easily using a mobile app.
“We applaud the emphasis placed on public transit by the federal and provincial governments. This new investment of $60 million will translate to better quality services and increased efficiency for the RTL. The projects made possible by phase two of the PTIF will result in the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil having access to new, modern equipment and vehicles,” declared Colette Éthier, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
Funds will be also be earmarked for a study on projects involving bike racks on buses, the construction of park-and-ride lots, and the addition of reserved lanes in the Agglomération de Longueuil.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) 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 kilometres. 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.
Anik Le Marquand
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450 442-8600, poste 8145