Funeral for the STM’s “10-minute max network”
A funeral ceremony with a slightly humorous tone will be held next Thursday to say goodbye to the “10-minute max network” of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
“[Cette] disappearance […] raises fears of greater service cuts throughout Quebec. This demonstrates the urgency of finding new sources of sustainable and predictable funding for public transit. Users deserve frequent and reliable services!” said Sarah V. Doyon, Executive Director of Trajectoire Québec, which defends the rights of public transit users in Québec.
The decrease in bus frequency announced by the STM will therefore affect 31 lines in total.
Thursday’s event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the corner of rue De Bleury and boulevard De Maisonneuve near Place-des-Arts station, aims to highlight the importance of increasing funding of the STM and the service offer, which have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.
Underfunding would have led to an overall decrease in services of 5% since 2018, said Emmanuel Rondia, director general of the Regional Council for the Environment of Montreal, in a press release.
At the same time, car use in households would have increased from 49.9% to 54.7% between 2016 and 2021.
“It’s the completely opposite direction to the one we have to follow,” he added.
People “affected by the loss of this much appreciated service” are invited “to come together and reflect,” the statement concluded.
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