ONLINE CONSULTATION ON THE NEW BUS NETWORK IN THE AGGLOMÉRATION DE LONGUEUIL
Longueuil, June 21, 2021 — Ever attentive to its users, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) has set up an online consultation platform to share its proposals for the new public transit network with the citizens of the Agglomération.
The goal of this next step in the consultation process is to confirm that the RTL’s proposed review of the bus network corresponds better to the needs and priorities expressed by citizens. Based on comments from users during the previous phase of the consultation, the RTL is putting forward a new framework for the bus network—and giving citizens an opportunity to weigh in on the proposal. In a spirit of openness and honesty, the comments gathered will be used to finalize the plans for the new network.
“Over the past year, the teams at the RTL have been busy compiling all the information gathered from the citizens during the first public consultations, in order to redesign the Agglomération’s public transit system. The RTL pledged to keep the dialogue going throughout the process, and at this step—which is setting up the online platform—we want to make sure that the different scenarios we’re proposing actually meet the needs expressed during the first phase. We hope to hear from as many people as possible,” said Jonathan Tabarah, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
To participate in the consultation and have their say on the vision for the new bus system, citizens will have until September 30, 2021, to visit the online platform, available at all times at consultationrtl.ca.
A citizen-centred network
Recall that in 2018-2019, the RTL held nine public consultations throughout the Agglomération and created an online survey that allowed citizens to express their opinions, even if they couldn’t attend the consultations. In total, almost 1,700 people weighed in.
These consultations provided inspiration for the development of the new network and helped identify four priority intervention areas on which all of the proposed solutions are based. These intervention areas are: the successful integration with the REM, greater flexibility in terms of travel times, improved service to commercial and industrial sectors and new neighbourhoods, and easier links between cities in the Agglomération.
In late summer 2021, the RTL will give citizens an update on the online consultation and next steps. After fine-tuning the service scenarios, experts at the RTL plan to unveil the new network to Agglomération citizens in early 2022. Improvements will be rolled out gradually, with the goal of providing efficient service, while bearing in mind that many of these improvements are closely linked to the start-up of the REM.
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.