Design a trip, using only public transit, from the eastern tip of the island of Montreal to the southern tip of the island, that has the least possible number of transfer points. Assume you can leave at any time during the week, and use any combination of STM buses, metro lines and AMT commuter train lines.
For bonus points, calculate the time between departure and arrival.
UPDATE: Nice to see almost everyone saw through the southernmost-tip trap. It is, in fact, way out west in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and not in Verdun or LaSalle.
Tim gets the correct answer below, with two transfers:
- 410 Express Notre-Dame (AM rush hour only) from 100e/Bureau to Lucien L’Allier train station
- Dorion/Rigaud train to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue station (select times only)
- 251 Sainte-Anne to Ste-Anne and Kent
The disadvantage to this route is that it only works on weekday mornings, and it has to be carefully synchronized to the train. The only route that doesn’t involve more than 30 minutes of wait time at any stop departs at 5:55am and arrives at 7:53am, for a total of 118 minutes (1:58).
Not including the train, the trip would involve three transfers: (184), green line, 211, 251
Outside of rush hour, it adds another: 86, 186, green line, 211, 251
At night: 362, 364, 358, 356 (the fastest travel time: 160 minutes or 2:40)
In other words, not a trip I’d recommend taking daily.