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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In April, since the unveiling of these new “Metropolitan fares” — which will bring together the subway, buses and the future Metropolitan Express Network (REM) — many users of northern and southern kronor had denounced paying $5.25 for a one-way trip needing 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 tickets for circulation in zones AB, namely Montreal, Laval and Longueuil, will increase 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.
According to the AMF, this adjustment will “enable a gradual transition to full fare in 2025” – when the REM should be practically complete – by “reducing the fare difference to the old single tickets, which allowed 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,” the organization states.
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 continue to facilitate occasional journeys by public transport between the two central zones in the context of aggravated mobility,” he said on Thursday.
“Not perfect,” admit Longueuil and Laval
In a joint statement The press On Thursday, Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer and Longueuil Mayor Catherine Fournier confirmed that “several talks have taken place to mitigate the impact of the redesign on occasional users of the metro”.
“We are pleased that the ARTM has agreed to revise prices and adjust shooting. […] The solution may not be perfect, but it shows the ability to listen to citizens while respecting the new orientations of the overhaul,” the two elected officials challenge, welcoming the cooperation of all actors to achieve this compromise.
In an individual statement, Mayor Fournier also appreciated that these price cuts “will allow for a smoother transition to the new pricing 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-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Tunnel,” said Ms.me Fournier.
On Thursday, he complained to Axel Fournier that “the ARTM is only pushed back in time, an unacceptable increase”. “This tentative tactical change shows that popular pressure is having an effect. We’ll keep pushing,” he said.