2015 is bringing about more changes to the STM metro network other than a small raise in the price of fares, as the role of employees will also be modified in the current new year. The city's beloved metro ticket changers, those notoriously helpful and happy STM employees who trade cash for tickets at the turnstiles, have new roles at certain station, and may not be in their booths at all.
Effective now, the STM has launched a pilot project that will change the role and duties of ticket changers in 6 STM metro stations, reports TVA. In Jean Talon, Rosemont, Radisson, Pie IX, Square-Victoria-OACI and Lionel Groulx stations, ticket changers will now step outside their glass booths and walk about their respective stations.
Visual inspections are now a part of the ticket changer's new responsibilities, along with aiding individuals with the automatic fare machines and helping out confused travelers. All of these changes are being done to improve customer service on the STM metro network, and if you noted my sarcasm in the first paragraph, you'd know I think this is a worthy goal.
Don't think you'll be getting any free rides out of this though, as it's doubtful a ticket changer will let anyone get past the turnstiles without a pass, even if they're taking a stroll about the station.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.