|A comprehensive vision for building the RTL of the future|
In 2013, the RTL implemented the first phase of its rapid transit network on boulevard Roland-Therrien in Longueuil. Inaugurated on August 26, 2013, the service saw a significant increase in ridership of over 9% in its first few months. This successful project earned the RTL and Ville de Longueuil the 2015 Grand prix d’excellence in the public transit category, awarded by the Association québécoise des transports (AQTr). Read more
The year 2014 was a pivotal one for the RTL, which adopted its 2013-2022 Vision d’ensemble strategic plan, celebrated its 40th anniversary, and acted as the official youth transit provider for the 49th Finale des Jeux du Québec, which was hosted by the Agglomération de Longueuil.
By 2022, the RTL hopes to become the main transit provider throughout the Agglomération de Longueuil. As a public transit organization, it aims to become an integral part of citizens’ lives and the community by providing efficient and innovative solutions that will adapt to users’ transit needs in the evolving social, economic, and environmental context of the next ten years.
Relying on the values of commitment and openness, RTL employees will make citizens and passengers their top priority in order to bring the organization’s vision to fruition.
Since 2014, the RTL has purchased only hybrid buses. By early 2016, the RTL’s fleet will consist of 72 hybrid vehicles, making it the largest operator of hybrid buses in Québec.
|RTL — a single corporation, a single city, a single agglomeration|
|The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is incorporated on December 31, 2001, as a result of the Québec government’s municipal reorganization. The RTL’s territory corresponds to the “new” City of Longueuil, plus the borough of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. Read more
The demerger that followed the 2001 municipal reorganization led to the creation of the Longueuil agglomeration in 2006. This period, which was marked by a significant municipal instability, also brought increased pressure to stabilize municipal contributions. At the same time, financing for the development of the commuter train network and the activities of the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) increased the budget allocated to public transit in the agglomeration’s cities.
Through its public transit policy (2006-2012), the Québec government offered an operating subsidy to encourage transit corporations to increase their service offering. At the same time, numerous changes were implemented at the RTL, including an environmental focus launched in 2009 and the creation of a marketing and communications department. This period also saw a number of major policy changes, including sustainable mobility, new technologies and customer-focused services.
|Development spurs a relaunch|
|A public transit network was implemented during this period, which quickly developed and reached a peak in 1989 with the construction of a third garage, the Longueuil Operations Centre, along with the acquisition of AG700 articulated buses. Read more
The new downtown terminal was also opened in 1992, inside the 1000 De La Gauchetière building, providing South Shore commuters with direct access to the Bonaventure metro, Central Station and Montréal’s underground pedestrian network. This terminus was considered at the time to be Montréal’s most significant public transit achievement since the metro was opened in 1967.
The STRSM 1996-2006 strategic plan aimed to reduce overcrowding by identifying the population’s transportation needs and proposing options to develop the system. It also aimed to provide an adequate transportation offering to meet the population’s needs over the short-, medium- and long-term. The first implementation phase of the strategic plan resulted in the submission of a detailed document that included a detailed diagnosis of the situation, which enabled the STRSM to actively contribute to the development of the first Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) plan in 1997.
The advent of the AMT resulted in the transfer of several STRSM projects, considered to be of metropolitan interest, to this organization. The implementation of a metropolitan institutional and financial framework and studies on high-capacity transit systems (light rail and metro) required a significant technical contribution from STRSM personnel. The various implementation phases of the strategic plan were realized in large part with the collaboration of the AMT.
|Nationalization of public transit companies|
|The RTL was created on July 1, 1974, as the Commission de transport de la Rive-Sud de Montréal (CTRSM) following the nationalization of Chambly Transport. The CTRSM had 168 employees, 112 vehicles and 21 bus lines. Read more
The company served seven South Shore municipalities: Boucherville, Brossard, Greenfield Park, LeMoyne, Longueuil, Saint-Hubert and Saint-Lambert. It should be noted that a sector of Longueuil, near the terminal and the metro station, was served by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), then known as the Montréal Urban Community Transit Commission (MUCTC).
The CTRSM negotiated service agreements with the cities during this time, which resulted in the signing of nine-month contracts with 22 outside municipalities—most of which were extended to 1990.
The high fixed costs associated with the contract extensions forced the transit commission to stop serving these inter municipal transit commissions (CITs) later that same year.
Chairpersons of the Board of Directors and Chief executive officers