Smog Alert - Take the bus in Laval for only $1!

LAVAL, QC, July 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Environment Canada issued a smog warning for Tuesday and Wednesday in the local area. In keeping with its commitment, the Société de transport de Laval (STL) has therefore reduced the fare on its buses Tuesday, July 2 to just $1, and will also maintain this fare on Wednesday, July 3.

Launched in 2008, the Smog Alert initiative aims at promoting the use of public transit when the air quality deteriorates so much that it is below acceptable standards.

It has been estimated that the special $1 fare might prompt some 1500 motorists to leave their cars at home on smog days.

No other Québec carrier has adopted an incentive fare policy, under these circumstances, to improve the quality of the air.

This measure (which comes to an end on Labour Day, September 2) may well be repeated during the summer.

The STL, Facts and Figures

  • The STL operates over 20 million trips annually.

  • The STL has rolled out its STL Synchro system, which informs transit users, in real time, about bus schedules and progress along its routes.

  • The overhaul of its bus network, made necessary by the extension of the metro to Laval, gave rise to a 32% increase in service, faster trips, more direct bus routes and an increase in ridership outside rush hours, on evenings and weekends, on 12 routes.

  • The fare policy is aimed at encouraging families to use public transit: an adult paying a regular fare on weekends and holidays may be accompanied by up to five children of 11 years of age or under at no extra charge. This policy also applies to every summer day from July 1 to Labour Day. Moreover, the $1 fare on smog alert days in summer is a first in Québec.

  • The STL has also teamed up with the Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique, Communauto and The Carpooling Network, to promote sustainable transportation in Laval.

  • All of the vehicles on the STL's fleet use B5 biodiesel fuel.

  • The STL announces news and service notices on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

  • The STL offers its transit users the opportunity to register on My STL in order to receive notices on the bus routes that they usually take and obtain information on what's new at the STL.

  • Since the introduction of its Vehicle Scheduling Control System in 2009, the STL has increased its on-time performance to nearly 90%.

  • The STL has received a number of awards of distinction, including the Grand Prix for excellence in public transit from the AQTR in 2010, ranking it as an outstanding corporation.

  • In 2011, the STL received the Communication Grand Public award from the AQTR for its Smog Alert program.

  • In May 2012, the STL launched its new service: STL Sustainable Mobility Solution, designed for companies and organizations concerned about finding ways of more efficiently managing their employees' commutes.

  • In May 2012, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) presented the STL with its Corporate Leadership Award, in the Innovation category, for its CLIC project: carpooling with electric vehicles.

  • In November 2012, the STL signed the Charter on Sustainable Development of the UITP (International Association of Public Transport), as a pledge signatory.

  • In March 2013, the STL became the first public transit corporation in Québec to be certified as a "Healthy Enterprise".

SOURCE: Société de transport de Laval

For further information:

Marie-Céline Bourgault
Director, Communications and Marketing
Société de transport de Laval
450 662-5429
mcbourgault@stl.laval.qc.ca  


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