Montreal's transit service, the STM, is in the hole $20 million. To compensate the deficit in budget, these bus and metro services will be changed:
- Reduced cleaning in metro stations
- Cut back on sponsorship and promotion
- Reduced bus services by 3.1% (rush hour service unaffected)
So if you're taking a bus on the weekends or outside of peak hours, then you better be prepped to wait a few more minutes. That is, of course, if the bus isn't already late, which isn't exactly unheard of in Montreal.
Cutbacks are due to the STM only getting $12.5 million from the city, in the newly released municipal budget, which is enough (thank God) to keep tickets the same price.