A few lucky Montreal-area residents will be able to test refilling their OPUS cards from their phones this fall and winter.
"During the experiment, which will run from September 14 to December 31, 2021, citizens will be invited to try out and comment on a function under development for reloading the OPUS card from a smartphone," the metro area's transit authority, the ARTM, said in a press release.
"Eventually," it continues, "this innovative and user-friendly feature will allow public transit users to consult the contents of their OPUS card, purchase tickets and add them to the card in a few moments from their smartphone."
The pre-pandemic monthly struggle of waiting in long lines to refill your OPUS card is all too familiar to Montreal transit riders.
We dare say there is NOTHING worse than forgetting to renew your monthly fare ahead of time and only realizing your mistake when you're late for work and come across the long line in your metro station.
STM, RTL, STL and exo riders can apply to participate in the experiment online. The lucky chosen ones will also have a chance to win one of five $100 prizes.
An investment of $885 million is earmarked for a huge three-year plan called the "Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023." This action plan will "prioritize measures that promote the increase and diversification of the supply of sustainable, integrated, affordable and accessible transport, being at the heart of green and inclusive economic recovery," according to a press release.
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In addition to nearly 1,000 paid reserved parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Montreal by 2025, the city will focus its efforts on "decarbonization solutions for public transport, individual transport, shared mobility and freight transport."
Most notably, the city will support the STM's plans to electrify its bus fleet and garages. Funding will also include investments for the blue line extension.
The plan will also add more than 2,100 electric BIXI bikes across all 19 boroughs.
"I am extremely proud of this new strategy, which proves once again to Montrealers that the environment is an issue that is dear to us and that we are taking concrete steps to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
The Montreal edition of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is set to take place on Saturday, so if you see a large group of nude people cycling down the street, you'll know why — it's meant to be a peaceful protest against fossil fuels and the world's dependency on oil.
The clothing-optional bike ride is scheduled to begin at Dorchester Square — which is at the intersection of Rue Peel and Boulevard René-Lévesque — at 1 p.m., and tour the city until at least 8 p.m. when the night ride will take place.
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A map posted by the Facebook group's administrator shows that the ride will pass through City Hall grounds, into the Village, and through Downtown Montreal before returning to the square.
The WNBR's Wiki page recommends that cyclists wear a mask for their protection during the ride.
Cyclists can also rent BIXI bikes for the course, but BIXI told MTL Blog in March that it requests that cyclists cover the seats with plastic bags for sanitary purposes. It also reminded participants to wear shoes and helmets.
At the time, Gene Dare, the organizer of the World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal, told MTL Blog that it was hard to say how many cyclists would participate this year. However, its Wiki page states that this year's edition is "a much bigger and exciting ride."
World Naked Bike Ride Montreal 2021
The World Naked Bike Ride in Montreal will take place on July 17.