In the coming new year, opus card fees are schedules to rise a whole 3.2%. If you're a student and living in Montreal, you'll be paying $47.99, instead of $45. If you're not, you're looking at paying $79.50, compared to this year's $77. The cost of an individual ticket will still remain the same, however.
Despite the rise in fees, public transit fares in Montreal are still the lowest of all major Canadian cities.
But the STM isn't just putting an extra 3.2% of our money in their pockets. 2014 will bring many changes for Montreal's public transit system that will cater to the population.
Access to mobile service inside the underground metro tunnels will be granted on the green line from Atwater to Beaudry, and from Bonaventure to Mont- Royal on the orange line. A completely free app that tracks the location and real time of buses will be available as well.
At a cost of $2.5 million, the first set of brand new metro cars will roll out by the end of 2014, replacing ones that are now 40 years old.
Looking to make your weekends a whole lot easier, the STM will now offer weekend passes. You'll be able to charge up your opus card from Friday at 6:00 pm until Monday at 7:00 am for only $12. Now there's no excuse to miss out any parties.
Despite the rise in transit fares, 2014 will bring forth a whole lot of exciting new features for the STM. Are you excited for these new additions, or pissed at the increased cost of monthly passes? Let us know in the comments below.