September is one of the busiest months of the year.
As the summer comes to a close, businesspeople and labourers return from vacation ready to hit the grind to make an impression in the final quarter of the year.
In Montreal, thousands of students have flooded the city, eager to show their smarts and explore everything the urban centre has to offer.
These phenomena also make September the single busiest month for public transit in the city.
But this year, a labour dispute between STM workers and administrators will only exacerbate already crowded and delayed commutes.
The STM confirms that as much as 10% of its bus fleet will be inoperative as workers continues to use buses as leverage to force a resolution to the ongoing dispute.
That's about one hundred sixty buses!
The STM has even circulated a list of recommendations for riders. Among the tips: plan more time for your commute and buying your passes early.
Commutes in Montreal are already nightmarish. Endless highway construction and overburdened transit plague the city.
Those failures have also been a central subject of the current provincial campaign season. Quebec political parties have promised everything from half price transit to incentives for carpooling.
Of course, there's no telling just which of those promises will manifest. Montrealers are accustomed to broken political promises.
In the meantime, Montreal residents may opt instead for a BIXI before they are retired for the season.
Expect severe delays.