Important message to transit users from the STM - should the situation causing an interruption of metro service downtown continue



    MONTREAL, Aug. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - If the security perimeter in the
downtown area is not removed on August 27, the Société de transport de
Montréal (STM) will have to keep Metro stations in the affected area closed.
However, Atwater station will become accessible once again. The service
interruption would therefore only extend between the Berri-UQAM and Atwater
stations.
    To compensate for the lack of service on the Green line between the
Berri-UQAM and Atwater stations, shuttle buses will continue to run until
service is restored, in reserved lanes on René-Lévesque Boulevard, both
eastbound and westbound.
    In order to offer this service, the Société de transport de Montréal is
obliged to use buses that usually run elsewhere on the transit network. The
STM must therefore inform passengers that, despite its best efforts to ensure
optimal service, they may experience some inconvenience.
    The STM is aware of the potential impact and, wishing to minimize
inconvenience to transit users, presents a variety of solutions:

    
      -  The Orange line, which is located a short distance to the south of
         the Green line and downtown, is a viable option inasmuch as it
         connects with the Berri-UQAM and Lionel-Groulx transfer stations.

      -  Leaving earlier or later than usual to travel outside of rush hour.

      -  Finally, passengers who usually take the Green line are invited to
         use the following tools that the STM has made available, in order to
         find an alternative  to their habitual route:

         -  The A-U-T-O-B-U-S ((514) 288-6287) telephone line can be used to
            plan travel more effectively and obtain the schedule for the bus
            stop located near a passenger's home.

         -  The STM's Website (www.stm.info) can be used to check bus
            schedules and also contains a wealth of other useful information.
    

    The STM regrets any inconvenience that this unusual situation has caused
to transit users, and wishes to point out that its bus drivers are not
responsible for service delays. We therefore ask for transit users' patience
and cooperation, and thank them in advance.
    In conclusion, the STM reminds users that Metro service remains
operational between the Atwater and Angrignon stations, as well as between
Berri-UQAM and Honoré-Beaugrand.




For further information:

For further information: Marianne Rouette, Affaires publiques, (514 )
280-5508

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