Châteauguay, January 20, 2014 – Claude Haineault, President of the Conseil intermunicipal de transport du Sud-Ouest and Mayor of Beauharnois, issued a press release today announcing major improvements to both weekday and weekend public transit services in Beauharnois, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and Léry, starting on February 2.
The main improvements include the addition of eight daily weekday departures, i.e., five from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to Angrignon metro, four of which will leave from Collège de Valleyfield. There will also be three new departures from Angrignon to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. Two new express buses will also be added, one in the morning to downtown and the other back to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in the afternoon.
For Mr. Haineault, “these improvements are part of our commitment to offer public transit users an improved service that better meets their needs, while ensuring sound budget management.”
The following Monday-Friday additions will ease travel for CITSO users:
- Morning rush hour: Addition of five new buses leaving from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
- Afternoon rush hour: Addition of three new buses leaving from Angrignon metro.
- Morning and afternoon rush hours: Addition of an express bus from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to downtown in the morning, and the opposite in the afternoon, saving passengers 30 minutes of travel time.
SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS
Weekend public transit users will be happy to learn that CITSO is adding two new buses on both Saturdays and Sundays: an additional 3:25 p.m. bus to Angrignon metro, and a 4:40 p.m. bus to Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
“All of these improvements will mean users will have more than 21 weekday buses to Angrignon to choose from, compared to the current 16, and 21 buses back to the south shore from downtown, compared to 18 now. For weekend users, the buses to Angrignon will increase from 12 to 13, and the number of buses departing Angrignon from 13 to 14,” declared Mr. Haineault.
CITSO is demonstrating sound management by increasing the number of departures, making available routes more efficient, and abolishing the least travelled ones.
In fact, the Route 1 bus from Beauharnois to downtown Montréal had an average of only two passengers at 5:20 a.m. and five passengers at 6 a.m. The 3:35 p.m. return bus had an average of only six passengers, the 4:35 p.m. bus just five passengers, and the 5:20 p.m. bus only one rider.
“Given the current portrait of public finances and the desire to provide better service to more users, these measures seemed both logical and necessary,” concluded Mr. Haineault, who also pointed out that Route 1 riders will be able to transfer to Route 28 every five minutes during rush hour.
For the new proposed schedules, visit the CITSO website at http://citso.org/en/route-listings-schedule/
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