The second phase of the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) fare revision, affecting Montreal, Laval and part of the South Shore, will be rolled out on July 1, a change that leaves a transit association mixed.
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For the Association for Collective Transport of the South Shore (ATCRS), which notes that the subway’s single-passage ticket from Longueuil to Montreal has increased from $3.50 to $5.25, that increase just isn’t passing .
“For a couple taking the subway to Montreal in Longueuil, we’re talking about twenty dollars a ride. At this price, the car becomes very competitive,” criticizes Axel Fournier, spokesman for the ATCRS, in a press release.
Reached by phone, Simon Charbonneau, Senior Advisor Public Affairs and Media Relations at ARTM, put the situation into perspective.
“The association’s position is very limited and does not reflect all the information,” he stressed. “Currently, if we take the metro in Longueuil without going any further, then yes, it’s $3.50 at the moment. But what they don’t tell you is that if you go from Longueuil to Montreal, for example, it costs $6, and if you have to use more than one public transport for a trip, it costs $6, $25. “
The second phase, presented Thursday morning, will eliminate 332 tickets starting July 1st.
From this moment on, passengers coming from Montreal (Zone A) and Laval (Zone B) can benefit from all-mode or bus tickets.
The first gives access to all modes of transport (bus, metro, train, REM), with prices varying depending on the number of zones needed. The second gives access to almost all bus routes (with some exceptions).
The first phase had already been used in the northern and southern crowns, i.e. zones C and D, the ARTM also recalled in a press release.
“You should know that at the base when we arrived there were around 700 different tickets. It’s huge, it needed to be made more coherent. We’re a step ahead for the Montrealers,” Mayor Valérie Plante said in the crowd on Thursday afternoon.
In addition to the rate revision, the organization is also indexing the rate table annually, which will result in a 2% increase in rate revenue. The unit price is kept at $3.50.
“For almost 40 years, there have been unsuccessful discussions about tariff reform for local public transport. The ARTM has inherited a total of 17 price lists with multiple competing logics and more than 750 titles. It was time to simplify and modernize the range of tariffs,” said Benoît Gendron, General Director of ARTM, in a press release.
“In a period of recovery, if we invite the visit to Montreal, that’s part of the tools. Simplified pricing is important. There won’t be many changes for Montreal. It will bring a lot, especially for the suburbs. It is simplified. All modes of transport will be integrated,” adds Valérie Plante.
For the office of the mayor of Longueuil, Catherine Fournier, this establishment responds to a “concern for justice” between the territories.
“In the specific case of Longueuil, the vast majority of users use both the bus and the subway to get to Montreal. Therefore, for the regular user who buys a monthly title, there is no impact as the monthly title is offered at an equivalent price,” the company added.
“The pros far outweigh the cons for most users, not to mention the tangible benefits for many people. Let’s think, among other things, of free admission, aimed at children under 12 years old, as well as reduced admission prices for young people from 6 to 17 years old, students and people over 65 years of age,” he added.