No only that, but they will be installing these new scanners at the front AND at the back of every articulated bus.
That means you'll now be able to board the bus from the back when the lineup at the front door is too long.
The STM already experimented with boarding from the rear, but it was only possible for articulated buses, and only when they're parked outside a metro station. It was so specific that most people just didn't bother, but thanks to the new read scanners, there will be no more confusion, just scan your card and climb aboard.
As a special bonus, the press release from the STM also mentions that these readers will allow for the evolution of the system so they can move towards new technologies". And last month, the STM revealed they were exploring the possibility of paying with phone your debit or your credit card, so this might just be what they were talking about.
The new scanners are expected to be deployed by 2019.
So you've run out of local walks and already visited the neighbourhood surrounding just about every metro station. Fear not! Below are seven public transit itineraries for day trips to parks across Montreal Island.
These directions assume a weekday departure from the STM's hub at Berri-UQAM station. If you're travelling on the weekend, you might have to take a different route, depending on bus schedules.
Montreal is a city on the cusp of a huge transformation. With several large Montreal transit projects underway that will connect the city like never before, the future is looking bright for the metropolis.
As you probably know by now, we absolutely LOVE public transit news here at the Blog and since the metro hasn't flooded recently, we thought that you'd all enjoy a run-down of four huge transit projects currently taking shape.
Perhaps even more hyped than the blue line extension, the REM is slowly beginning to take shape in the Montreal area.
The new 67-kilometre automated light-rail network will connect the South and North Shores, West Island and downtown.
As of January 2021, the first train cars are undergoing testing on tracks on the South Shore.
Construction has been chugging along, though the REM announced in November 2020 that an accidental explosion in the Mount Royal tunnel and the discovery of structural degradation in some tunnel walls will delay the completion of that segment by a year.
The first segment, between the South Shore and the Gare Centrale, is scheduled to open in 2022.
Branches to the North Shore, West Island and Montreal-Trudeau airport are projected to open between 2023 and 2024.
The REM will have breathtaking views, free wifi, A/C and heating, and enclosed station platforms.
Announced at the end of 2020, the REM de l'Est will add 32 kilometres of rail and 23 new stations to Montreal's transit network.
It will be separate from the other REM system.
Beginning in downtown Montreal, the project will extend as far east as Pointe-Aux-Trembles and as far north as Cégep Marie-Victorin.
According to Jean-Marc Arbaud, managing director of CDPQ Infra, the REM de l'Est "will transform the nature of transit in Montreal’s east end with time savings of up to 70 percent while bringing neighbourhoods closer together and accelerating the revitalization of this vast territory with enormous potential."
There is currently no timeline for the project, but CDPQ Infra plans to hold public consultations in 2021.
While some are ubiquitous to all major cities, there are a few that truly make Montreal, Montreal.
The Busker Who's Way Too Good To Be Busking
You get out of the metro car and a mellifluous melody echoes through the station, stopping you in your tracks. Walking up the stairs, you spot a busker, playing for the uninterested passersby as if they're headlining Osheaga.
And really, they should be headlining Osh because this busker is way too good to be busking. Drop a few dollars and stick around for a tune next time you see them.
The Person Smoking A Joint While Waiting For The Bus
If the person smoking a cigarette three feet away from you wasn't enough, some person decides that the only way to make this bus come faster is if they spark up the biggest, ugliest joint you've ever seen.
Bonus points if the entire bus smells like weed after Cheech gets on.
The One Who's Going To A Music Festival
Decked out in the finest floral headwear and H&M clothing, the music festival goer is blissfully unaware of you trying to go to work and also sunscreen.
I get it, you're super excited to be standing next to 20,000 people for the next six hours to see Kendrick Lamar, but since you're already going to a music festival, why start one in a crowded metro?
The Off-Duty Bus Driver Who's Very Much On-Duty
Often found in a Tim Horton's line, the off-duty bus driver who's very much on duty has as much right as anyone to get their mid-day caffeine fix.
Their jobs are gruelling, after all.
But you try explaining empathy to a bus full of confused-looking commuters growing angrier by the second.
The Westmount Mom
As she juggles her ungrateful kids, shopping trips to Holt Renfrew, yoga and manicure appointments, the Westmount mom is never far from her Range Rover, always ready to carpool at a moment's notice.
The Westmount mom is fashionable, works hard, and might yell at a customer service employee from time to time, but she's pretty cool overall and isn't afraid to show it.
The Hot Cop
Also often found in a Tim Horton's line, the hot cop seems to only exist in Montreal, at least in my experience.
Characterized by a healthy scruff and a utility belt that seems to accentuate certain assets a little too well, the hot cop won't hesitate to give you a silly ticket but you'll feel fine about it.
Wait a minute, SPVM, is this by design? Get back to me.
The American Frat Boy Who Doesn't Know How To Drink
Hailing from a school you've never heard of in Vermont, this annoying caricature of a dude-bro wants to challenge you to an arm-wrestling contest in the bar and chugs beer like he's Stone Cold Steve Austin. Unfortunately, he's 18 and this is his first time drinking.
And no, I don't know what the best strip club in Montreal is.
The JMSB Bro
The JMSB bro wears a suit to class and walks around with an air of confidence that belies the fact that he's incredibly stressed out about competing with 400 other aspiring accountants for a handful of jobs.
The Habs Player
It's exciting the first time you see Brendan Gallagher at a restaurant and I'm sure he doesn't mind respectfully being asked for a selfie, but don't ask him every single time you see him somewhere.
Chill out, he's just a hockey player!
The Headphones In, Texting Cyclist Who Almost Ran You Over
I have nothing against cyclists, but some of you are just flat-out dangers to society.
Nothing says "I don't care about anything" than a cyclist who's blasting down the Maisonneuve bike path in the middle of the day while texting and listening to music. How you have not had a huge crash yet is astounding.
The UQAM Student
The UQAM student is from les régions, studies at the Concordia Library, goes out with Anglophones, protests about literally everything and is actually really good at sports.
The UdeM Student
The UdeM student is actually from France, doesn't go out with Anglophones, won't stop talking about how much better the food in France is, secretly thinks the food is actually very good here, and never complains about being broke because it's "not polite to talk about money."
The Concordia Student
The Concordia student is actually from one of the coasts, says they know all the best study spots downtown, is obsessed with "the arts," wears vintage clothing and lives in a $1,500/month Mile-End four-and-a-half apartment with seven other people.
The McGill Student
The McGill student is actually from the U.S., will outdrink you, studies at the Concordia Library, has a driver's license, wears all brand names, and complains about being broke while living in a condo downtown.
It could be the middle of the day and out of nowhere a group of sweaty first-years covered in paint and wearing neon shirts comes stampeding down the street, consuming every drop of alcohol in their path.
Better move out of the way quick before you're swept up in their wake and end up downing several test tube shots at a club on a Wednesday night.
The Construction Worker Smoking A Cig While Watching 4 Of Their Coworkers Dig A Hole
All you can do is shake your head at them because they get paid a lot of money to not give a damn that they are the sole reason you're stuck in an endless line of traffic.
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