RTL PRESENTS ITS BRIEF TO ARTM
Longueuil, January 26, 2021 – As part of the ongoing public hearings of the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM), Jonathan Tabarah, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors, accompanied by Longueuil mayor Sylvie Parent, today presented the brief produced by the RTL and Ville de Longueuil on the ARTM’s draft Plan stratégique de développement de l’ARTM (PSD).
“Travel within the Agglomération de Longueuil has been increasing steadily in recent years. What’s more, during the pandemic, these trips did not decrease as much as those into Montréal. It’s therefore essential that this important need within our Agglomération be reflected in the ARTM’s draft SDP,” said Jonathan Tabarah. “East-west links within the Agglomération need to be developed in order to better serve our users. The development of the foundational transportation project that will join up with the extension of the metro’s yellow line and run along boulevard Taschereau is therefore inevitable, along with many corridors that will be needed to access it.”
Furthermore, the RTL reiterated the need to include in the ARTM’s draft SDP initiatives to gradually return to the pre-pandemic level of ridership.
“In particular, we are thinking about fare initiatives that would relax the conditions surrounding the current passes, which are less popular right now with the rise in teleworking and distance learning, or possibly about developing new transit offers, such as transit-on-demand, integrated mobility projects, and network electrification. We need to innovate and make public transit more attractive,” added Jonathan Tabarah.
The joint brief from Ville de Longueuil and the RTL also mentions the need to increase funding sources and to consult the municipalities on the development of the territory. The document is available here.
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.