LAVAL, QC, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Environment Canada issued a smog
warning, Wednesday, September 1, 2010 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, August 31, 2010, to just $1, and
will also maintain this fare on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.
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 6) may well
be repeated during the summer.
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.
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.
The STL has its own pages on Facebook and Twitter, where it announces
service notices and smog alerts.
The STL offers riders the opportunity to register on MySTL to receive
notices on its bus routes that they usually take.
Since the roll-out, in 2009, of its vehicle scheduling control system,
the STL's on-time performance has been on the rise, to over 92%.
In February 2010, STL President Jean-Jacques Beldié received the
Guy-Chartrand award, in the Public Transit Development and
SOURCE Société de transport de Laval
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