As the reopening date for Montreal businesses, elementary schools, and daycares approaches, the STM has presented its plan for deconfinement. STM CEO Luc Tremblay announced a series of measures that the company will follow in the coming weeks. These include more regular service on the bus and metro networks, increased workplace safety, the continuation of frequent cleanings, modified buses, and more.\n"We ask that everyone be responsible and demonstrate teamwork," said Tremblay. "We all have a role to play, whether that means implementing special measures, following guidelines or adopting new behaviours."\nSince March, the transit company has unveiled several new measures to protect passengers and employees, including more regular cleanings of stations, buses, and metro cars.\nAt the end of April, it announced that it would install hand sanitizer dispensers at metro entrances and make personal protective equipment available to its workers.\nProvincial authorities, meanwhile, have "strongly recommended" that residents wear face masks on all public transit.\nThe STM has nonetheless acknowledged the challenges ahead.\nThe company stated on April 14 that "is very aware that it will be difficult" to enforce social distancing measures on its network "especially during rush hour, even with a return to a full-service offer."\nHere's what to expect from the STM in the coming months.\nBus & Metro Service\nMetro trains have returned to regular service while bus service is "similar" to "normal summer service."\nIn March, the STM reduced service hours because of an 80% decrease in ridership across its network.\n[#COVID19] 🚇🚌 Our Stations, trains, buses & minibuses are cleaned daily. However, our facilities are public and your collaboration is important. Follow basic hygiene measures so that a surface does not reinfect itself quickly ⏩ https://t.co/tHVw5SZfk7 pic.twitter.com/ptVPiT8xgP— STM (@stminfo) May 5, 2020\nThough ridership still remains below average, "service has been optimized to continue to minimize overcrowding and promote physical distancing for a certain period of time, as well as meet customer’s travel needs."\nREAD ALSO: Legault Has Postponed The Reopening Date For Montreal Businesses Again\nCleanings & More Protection\nThe STM will continue its increased cleaning measures first introduced in March.\nMask wearing, meanwhile, is not mandatory.\nThough the company is working with the City of Montreal to distribute face coverings to its customers to "encourage [the] practice."\n[#COVID19] 🚇🚌↔️ Dans le contexte actuel, il est important de garder une distance physique optimale avec les passagers autour de vous. Pensez à vous disperser sur les quais ou encore à vous déplacer vers une voiture de train moins achalandée. ⏩ https://t.co/evqlAgPCPa pic.twitter.com/uueDjh11Xx— STM (@stminfo) May 4, 2020\nThe STM will maintain a two-metre rule behind bus drivers and will modify buses by installing barriers around the driving seat.\nOnce deemed appropriate, customers will be able to once again board the bus from the front. When that begins, customers will be asked to enter from the front and leave from the back.\n[COVID19] 🚇🚿✔️ More than 125 contactless hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at the entrances to our métro stations. By next week, all of our stations will be equipped with them. Together, let's respect public health recommendations. pic.twitter.com/ibj5dS8HTA— STM (@stminfo) May 5, 2020\n"We will be there to support our customers throughout their journey on our network. Let’s show solidarity, take care of each other and work together to get used to the new normal on our transit network," said Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the Board of the STM.\nStay tuned for more news.