New fares - Two months of free transportation in Laval!

LAVAL, QC, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Société de transport de Laval (STL) has announced its new fare structure, which is in keeping with the modest increase in inflation and regional fare trends.

    
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                                                          2009          2010
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    Cash                                                 $2.60         $2.75
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    8-tripper
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      Regular fare                                      $18.50        $18.75
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      Student fare                                         $13        $13.25
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    Monthly pass
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      Regular fare                                      $76.50           $78
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      Student fare                                         $61        $62.50
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      Reduced fare                                         $46           $47
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Two months free!

The big news for 2010, however, is the promotion of the OPUS card that you can buy, load and reload in the comfort of your home! Called "Opus à domicile" (which means "Opus at home", in English), this card is already enjoying well-deserved success: Practical and valid for one year, it is making it easier to get around town. The price of this "Opus à domicile" card, divided by 12, is debited from your bank account or charged to your credit card every month. No need to run around or line up at a point of sale at the end of the month!

At the present time, this card comes with a special offer: no charge in the 12th month. So one month free! And the STL is adding a bonus to transit users buying an STL local monthly pass for the first time: a 2nd month free! When renewing their pass for the 6th month, these new OPUS cardholders will receive a cheque equivalent to their monthly payment. This two-month discount is valid in the first year of monthly pass purchases, while the discount of one month per year is valid as long as the transit user is a monthly "Opus à domicile" cardholder.

The STL estimates that approximately 5% of its riders will take advantage of this discount exclusive to the STL. These two free months will make it possible to limit the average increase in the STL's local fares to 1.3% in 2010.

This is yet more proof that public transit pays off!

The "Opus à domicile" card is being handled by the AMT; the two-month discount, however, is being offered by the STL.

The STL: facts and figures

    
    - The STL operates over 20 million runs annually.
    - The overhaul of the bus network, made necessary by the extension of the
      metro to Laval, gave rise to a 28% increase in service, faster trips
      and more direct bus routes.
    - The frequency of buses outside rush hours, on evenings and weekends,
      has doubled on 12 lines since August 2009.
    - The fare policy is particularly designed to encourage families to use
      public transit: All adults paying their fare on weekends and holidays
      may be accompanied, free of charge, by up to five children age 11 and
      under. This policy also applies to every day in the summer, July 1 -
      Labour Day. In addition, the STL's $1 fares on summer smog days are a
      first in Québec.
    - The STL is carrying out a feasibility study for a trolleybus network
      powered by electrical energy.
    - It is financing Éco Mobile à Laval, a major operation of Vélo Québec
      and aimed at promoting alternate solutions to car use.
    - It is also partnering 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, a fuel that comes from
      recycled oil that isn't made of corn.
    - By spring 2010, STL Synchro will be available on buses and via text
      messaging.
    

SOURCE Société de transport de Laval

For further information: For further information: Marie-Céline Bourgault, Director, Communications & Marketing, Société de transport de Laval, (450) 662-5429, mcbourgault@stl.laval.qc.ca


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