Critics are taking aim at STM CEO Luc Tremblay's salary increase, a reward some say he does not deserve.\nIn fact, the director's salary is enough to pay for over 5,000 monthly fares — enough to last 435 years.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe STM's Executive Director, Luc Tremblay, received a 13.8% salary increase, bringing his total salary to $452,160, according to the Journal de Montréal, enough to pay for approximately 5,227 $86.50 monthly OPUS card fares. That's roughly 435 years of riding the STM and by that time, climate change will have destroyed us all. Critics have lamented Tremblay's salary and his recent contract renewal to 2022.\nIn fact, Montreal's opposition party, Ensemble Montreal, is calling for the STM's executive staff to be fired after years of what they call "a major failure to deliver service."\nCurrently, in the midst of a bus shortage, the STM is scrambling to ramp-up maintenance efforts for some 1,400 buses that should be on Montreal's roads.\nIn some parts of the city, bus service has slowed to a crawl as crews work around the clock to repair a rapidly ageing bus fleet.\nBecause of this, maintenance crews and bus drivers are overworked and in some cases, drivers are working over 80 hours a week, in a constant state of "dangerous fatigue," according to an explosive June report from the Journal de Montréal.\nThe STM's 2020 Budget claims that the company will increase bus service by a record 5% next year and metro service by 2.6%.\n"Over the next 10 years, close to $17.8 billion will be invested in asset maintenance and development," said Tremblay.\nNext year, 300 new buses will be deployed. Along with these new buses, the STM will introduce 17 new Azur metro cars.\nBetween now and 2024, the STM plans to have introduced 963 hybrid buses, including an additional 465 buses on reserve.\nMany in the organization credit Tremblay for turning the company around. Since he first arrived in 2015, there has been a 15% increase in ridership and huge improvements in bus and metro service.\nThe results are obvious and in gratitude, the board of directors unanimously voted in favour of Tremblay's contract renewal and salary increase. Still, many former employees and critics say that the results don't reflect reality.\n[The driver is your ally] 🚌👨👩 Our bus drivers work hard for you under conditions that are not always easy. They're not responsible for service disruptions and delays. It is their daily presence and hard work that make the network work as well as it can under the circumstances. pic.twitter.com/9EnW5G9RXR— STM (@stminfo) December 5, 2019\nThis year, bus shortages during rush hour reached an all-time high, with close to 35% of buses showing that dreaded "hors service" every day, according to JDM. On any given day, the city is short by over 100 buses during peak times.\nREAD ALSO: The Number Of Cars In Montreal Is Growing Faster Than The Population & It's A Nightmare\nPublic perception of the STM is not that positive (for the most part) and it doesn't help the company's case that nearly every day, there are metro delays (mostly the result of passenger actions) and missing buses.\n[État du service bus] 🚌La #STM met en ligne une nouvelle page pour suivre l'évolution du service bus au jour le jour avec le nombre de bus disponibles et crée un nouveau compte twitter @stm_Bus pour converser avec la clientèlePour info➡️ https://t.co/sNl5x6YigX— STM (@stm_nouvelles) November 28, 2019\nTremblay claims that "by developing and ensuring the reliability of our infrastructure, we ensure that public transit plays a leading role in the fight against climate change, by providing a growing array of alternatives to single-occupant car use."\nLe budget 2020 et le Programme d’immobilisations 2020-2029 de la @stminfo, c’est notre déclaration d’amour envers le transport collectif, avec un budget en croissance et une amélioration importante du service 🚍🚇👉 https://t.co/pJ3TWJdUEf (1/4) #STM #polmtl pic.twitter.com/NV3NRqZQkB— Valérie Plante (@Val_Plante) November 21, 2019\nPerhaps Tremblay and his team can purchase a few of those 5,000 monthly passes that his salary can pay for and wait for a bus that never shows up in -35 degree weather.\nWhat would you do with a salary of $452,000?