LAVAL, QC, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Société de transport de
Laval (STL) announced its intention, today, to carry out a feasibility
study to determine whether it would be appropriate to put an aerial
tramway into service on its territory. Ville de Laval, Agence
métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Hydro-Québec all support this
A number of major cities in the world—New York, Portland, Lisbon,
Singapore, Medellín and Rio de Janeiro and soon London, as well, to
name a few—are already successfully operating cable car transportation
Powered by electricity, an aerial tramway ranks among the technologies
to which these metropolises are resorting, as aerial trams have proven
to be an advantageous urban transit solution.
Time- and money-saving option
During a press conference, Laval Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt said he was
delighted with this initiative. "The metro continues to an ideal option
for us to structure public transit in Laval's downtown area," added the
Mayor. "However, it takes a lot of time to build and Laval is
developing so quickly. An aerial tramway could rapidly meet needs,
without having to set up any heavy infrastructures. And at a fraction
of the price—approximately $20 to $25 million per kilometre, compared
to $200 million for the metro."
Jean-Jacques Beldié, STL's Chairman of the Board, pointed out that this
project is yet another of the measures that already form part of the
sustainable mobility plan adopted by municipal authorities last June
and is in keeping with the objective of reducing—within the next twenty
years—50% of the greenhouse gas emissions per capita produced by
transporting Laval residents. "Besides, an aerial tramway will make it
easier to implement Évolucité, the Sustainable Urban Planning Policy, that Laval has adopted in order
to promote the emergence of denser, multi-purpose, user-friendly
neighbourhoods served by efficient public transit systems," explained
"The AMT is joining in this study in order to contribute toward the
emergence of innovative projects promoting energy efficiency and an
increase in the role played by sources of renewable energy in operating
public transit systems. Such projects are in line with the AMT's will
to electrify mass transit operations in order to reduce its dependency
on gasoline and keep its greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum in the
Greater Montréal area. The avant-garde Clic carpooling program is a
wonderful example of this. In addition to being the outcome of
collaborative efforts between the STL, the AMT and their partners, it
is an original initiative, full of promise for the future, that is
aimed at using of multi-modal, sustainable, integrated transportation
in line with eco-responsible practices," mentioned Michel Veilleux,
Vice-President, Planning and Innovations at the AMT.
A fully-electric means of transportation
"Remaining true to its strategic plan, Hydro-Québec is pursuing its
involvement in the electrification of public transit by supporting the
Laval aerial tramway feasibility study," mentioned Chantal Guimont,
Hydro-Québec's Director, Electric Vehicle Energy Systems. "By making
its clean, renewable energy available to electromobility projects in
this way, Hydro-Québec is playing an active part in reducing greenhouse
And lastly, Pierre Giard, the STL's General Manager, stated that the
aerial tram route would run from Montmorency station northbound to
serve major areas of interest. "The route, the capacity of the cars and
the frequency of service will be subject to an in-depth examination,"
The STL, facts and figures
The STL operates over 20-million runs annually.
The STL has rolled out its STLSynchro system, which informs transit users, in real time, about bus schedules
and progress along the 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 a greater frequency of buses outside rush
hours, on evenings and weekends.
The STL has also joined forces with the Association québécoise de lutte
contre la pollution atmosphérique, Communauto and the Carpooling
Network, to promote sustainable transportation in Laval.
All vehicles on its fleet use biodiesel B5.
The STL is registered on Twitter and has its own page on Facebook, where
it announces service notices.
The STL offers riders the opportunity to register on My STL in order to
receive notices on the bus routes that they usually take.
Since the roll-out, in 2009, of its vehicle scheduling control system,
the STL's on-time performance rates continue to improve, and to date,
it has succeeded in achieving rates of over 92%.
The STL has received a number of awards of distinction, including one
from the AQTR in 2010: the Grand Prix for excellence in mass transit,
positioning it as an outstanding corporation.
In 2011, the STL was honoured with the AQTR's general public
communication award for its Smog Alert program.
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