The STM has released summer schedules for its bus network. Among the notable changes that take effect June 22:
- 70 Bois-Franc gets a significant boost in service to complete its schedule. Service now extends to midnight, seven days a week (before it ended about 7pm), and intervals during rush hour drop from 30 to 15 minutes in both directions.
- 119 Rockland adds Sunday service in both directions. Previously it was a Monday-to-Saturday bus.
- 164 Dudemaine‘s western terminus is extended by two blocks, ending at Steinberg St. instead of Bois-Franc, to serve an area the STM considered to have inadequate service.
- 174 Côte-Vertu Ouest gets midday service on weekdays at half-hour intervals, as well as four new departures in the evening, extending its service from 6pm to 8pm.
- 209 Des Sources now stops at the Trudeau Airport via the Dorval train station.
- 210 John Abbott adds a stop inside the Kirkland shopping centre that includes the Colisée, for all the John Abbott students who want to watch a movie after school (or instead of?). The STM cites safety as a reason for this stop, which replaces one at Jean-Yves and the service road.
- 219 Chemin Sainte-Marie gets the same modification, but only in the westbound direction.
- 361 Saint-Denis moves to a summer schedule with more departures, particularly on Sunday nights when intervals drop from 45 minutes to 30.
- 515 Vieux-Montréal-Vieux-Port takes on a summer schedule, which reduces wait times from 20 minutes, seven days a week to 13 minutes on weekdays and 10 minutes on weekends.
UPDATE: The Gazette has a story on the changes based off the STM press releases. Both misspell “Bois-Franc”.
Meanwhile, the AMT is reducing service on the new schedule for its Nuns’ Island express bus, increasing intervals from 20 minutes to 30. Mitigating this news somewhat is that the STM has just approved a new bus route, probably to take effect in the fall, connecting Nuns’ Island with the LaSalle metro station.
I do hope service will increase on the 99 Villeray bus. People in the eastern (poorest and worst-serviced) part of our neighbourhood have dreadful service.
Unfortunately the 515 has its seasonal service improvement to being every 13 mins instead of every 20 mins.
Fagstein: the 119 now has Sunday service (at last!).
Maria Gatti: Good luck. I bet the STM feels that people in Villeray should walk to the major streets for frequent service (67, 139, 141, 505) rather than wait for the slow local routes (93, 99).