ARTM fare reform: the metro to Laval and Longueuil is more expensive


ARTM fare reform: the metro to Laval and Longueuil costs more

Among other new features resulting from this reform of the ARTM, it becomes impossible to travel to Longueuil, by metro, with a transit pass valid only for Montreal.

With the fare overhaul of the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) which came into effect Friday in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil, it costs more to take the metro in the metropolis and to travel to the suburbs. Travelers who do not comply with the new obligations could have to pay a fine of $150 to $500.

The overhaul in question, already in force for a year at the x27;outside these three cities, simplifies the number of transport zones in the metropolitan area, reducing it from eight to four.

This decrease, however, comes with the imposition of borders, of sorts. Previously, it was indeed allowed to board a metro, on Montreal territory, and to end your journey in Longueuil, or at one of the three Laval stations.

From now on, you must have an All Modes AB ticket, which gives access to means of transport in the territories of the three cities [Montreal, Laval, Longueuil], to make the same trip. By attempting to do the same “the old fashioned way”, that is to say by taking the metro in Montreal with a ticket valid only on the territory of the metropolis, travelers could inherit; hefty fines.

We are aware that the rate overhaul is leading to changes, and that customers have to adapt, says Simon Charbonneau, spokesperson for the ;ARTM.

If necessary, depending on the circumstances, customers will be informed and made aware instead of receiving a statement of offence, especially at the beginning, he adds.

According to the regulations governing the possession and use of public transport tickets in the metropolitan area, obtaining or attempting to obtain a trip without having paid the fee is accompanied by a fine ranging from from $150 to $500.

Still according to Mr. Charbonneau, the ARTM will mainly rely on the work of inspectors stationed in the Longueuil and Laval stations. No question, in the short term, of using terminals which force a validation of the titles at the end of a trip, for example, as is the case in Vancouver or London, in particular. /p>

It is not impossible to have limits within a few years, continues Mr. Charbonneau.

The ARTM spokesperson, however, does not anticipate any traffic jams at the metro stations concerned. Especially, he says, since traffic on the network is still 65% of the pre-pandemic normal.

“We believe that teleworking will have an impact corresponding to a 15% reduction in traffic, which will be felt for several years. »

— Simon Charbonneau, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs and Media Relations at the ARTM

A major clean-up awaited for 40 years: this is how the ARTM describes this second phase of its fare reform, when the three major cities of the metropolitan area (Montreal, Longueuil and Laval) will in turn adopt the new rules already in place. force for a year in the peripheral cities.

On the menu, a great simplification of the price lists, among other changes. We are going from more than 750 transit tickets to around 100, mentions Simon Charbonneau, spokesperson for the agency, in a telephone interview.

Previously, public transit in the greater Montreal area was plagued by an accumulation of tariff schedules, with 11 authorities and 4 transit companies each dictating their prices.

Now, the the ARTM fare card is reduced from eight to four zones, and the cost of the ticket is calculated according to the zone in which travelers are traveling, rather than according to the territory of the transport company where they are traveling. find.

On the territory of the island of Montreal, for example, which represents zone A, an All Modes A ticket allows you to take the bus, metro and commuter train, as well as the Réseau express Montréal (REM) when the latter is in service.

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The different areas served by the ARTM

Mr. Charbonneau reiterates that this fare overhaul is beneficial to travellers. First of all, with the example of Montreal, once again, it was necessary to buy two passes at $3.50 each to take the bus to Longueuil and then the metro to Montreal. Now, an All Modes AB title costs $4.50 each, provided you buy them in blocks of 10 passes, for a total of $45.

This price drop should be accompanied by an increase in interest on the part of citizens, who no longer have to juggle hundreds of transport tickets, foresees the ARTM, which evokes a reform with constant income .

For many citizens, however, this view of things is wrong. More than 7,000 people have signed an online petition denouncing the increase in ticket prices to take the metro only from Laval or Longueuil.

Under the old fare structure, this trip was $3.50. Now the same ticket costs $5.25. The title also gives access to all other modes of public transport in zones A (Montreal) and B (Laval and Longueuil), but this addition is of little or no use for travelers who only take the metro, say the signatories of the petition.

Spread cleaning must also open the door to other innovations.

Mr. Charbonneau thus mentions, among these changes envisaged, the possibility of paying directly by credit card – a pilot project is underway in the buses of the Société de transport de Laval – or by contactless payment by means of a telephone.

We are also centralizing on a single invoice all public and active transportation services, namely the bus, the train and the metro, which is done as of Friday, but also , eventually, the Communauto service, BIXI self-service bicycles, etc.

Finally, Mr. Charbonneau would like to reassure users: all tickets purchased before July 1 remain valid.

With information from Jérôme Labbé


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