Metro in Laval and Longueuil | After criticism, the ARTM lowers its prices

Two months after its new tariff plan came into force, the Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority (ARTM) is making the first adjustment. From October, the prices of several titles will be reduced to “reduce the price difference with the old single titles” giving access to the Laval and Longueuil metros.

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Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
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In April, from the moment these new “Metropolitan fares” were unveiled — bringing together subways, buses and the future Metropolitan Express Network (REM) — several users from the northern and southern crowns had denounced $5.25 for one one-way security, up from $3.50 in the past.

“For a couple taking the subway to Montreal in Longueuil, we’re talking about twenty dollars a ride. At this price the car is going to be very competitive,” Axel Fournier, spokesman for the South Coast Collective Transport Association, had particularly hammered.

It therefore appears that the ARTM has heard these claims. Its board of directors decided on Thursday that from April 1ah October all single fare tickets for traffic in zones AB, ie Montreal, Laval and Longueuil, will go from $5.25 to $4.50. The price for two passes will be reduced from $10 to $9. And for 10 passages we now have to pay $42.50, which is $2.50 less than originally planned.

For those under 17 and those over 65 who already benefited from discounts, the single pass is now $3, the two passes are $6 and the ten pass is $28.50.


An idea of ​​the cuts announced by ARTM on Thursday

According to the agency, this adjustment will “allow for a gradual transition to full fare in 2025” – when the REM should be virtually complete – by “reducing the fare difference to the old single tickets, which allow access to metro services in Laval and Longueuil” “This also offers an even greater discount to occasional users who had to buy multiple tickets for a single journey before July 2022,” states the organization.

“difficult” context

ARTM Director General Benoit Gendron says he is observing “the demand for travel is increasingly coming out of the subway work sleep with more atypical and occasional travel”. “We are also seeing episodes of traffic congestion coming back into force. With this measure, we are further facilitating occasional journeys by public transport between the two central areas in the context of restricted mobility,” he said on Thursday.

In Laval, Mayor Stéphane Boyer reminded that 70% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are caused by travel. “There is certainly no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem, but when we increase access to our public transport network, we undoubtedly improve our quality of life,” he said in response to ARTM’s announcement.

On the south coast, Longueuil Mayor Catherine Fournier estimated that these price cuts “will allow for a smoother transition to the new price framework for the benefit of citizens. […] occasional subway rides to Montreal.

“The ARTM thus offers more justice and an additional incentive to reclaim local public transport. This is all the more true given the expected impact of the repair work on the Louis-Hyppolyte-Lafontaine tunnel,” said Fournier, regarding the three lanes out of six that will be closed in this tunnel at the center of Montreal’s road network by 2025.

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