The Official opposition is concerned: The demand for public transport is in excess of current supply capacity



    MONTREAL, Aug. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Leader of the Official Opposition
and borough Mayor of Ville-Marie, Benoit Labonté accompanied by the
Opposition's spokeswomen for public transport and city councillor for
Bordeaux-Cartieville, Noushig Eloyan, are wondering why the Tremblay
administration has not taken the necessary steps to face, starting September
the increasing demands for public transport particularly during peak traveling
hours.
    "The price of gas being what it is, citizens tend to leave theirs cars in
favour of buses or the metro. Considering this shift as well as the fact that
September is back to school month, an increase in public transport services is
needed today. Why isn't the Tremblay administration ready to face this
demand?", inquired Benoit Labonté.
    A couple of months ago, the STM sent to the Transport Minister Mrs Julie
Boulet, as requested, the measures it intends to implement in order to face
this fall's rush. "What are those concrete measures that will allow
Montrealers to quickly benefit from these services?" added Mr. Labonté.
    "How can we believe it is possible to provide better services with minus
60 buses on the roads?" questioned Opposition's spokeswomen for public
transport, city councillor Noushig Eloyan. This is a missed opportunity to
translate into reality the promises made by the administration's Transport
Plan which proclaims a shift towards public transport. The only thing that
will be achieved here is to discourage our potential clientele.
    Even if 100 buses are added before the end of this year, it is a safe bet
to say that these buses will not be added to new routes or to the existing
fleet. For the most part, these buses will replace the buses that are no
longer functional! "Mr. Mayor, when exactly will you apply rapid measures in
order to face the increasing demand in public transportation, especially
during rush hours?", asked the Leader of the Official Opposition.




For further information:

For further information: Irène Marcheterre, Communication director,
Chief of staff (interim), Leader of the Official Opposition's Office, City of
Montréal, (514) 872-2990

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