STM sticks to plan for brand spanking new buses, extra jobs regardless of drop in ridership

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Snowdon councillor Marvin Rotrand, a former vice-president of the STM’s board, mentioned the choice to go complete hog on the bus buy is irresponsible.

“Increasing the fleet by 15 per cent at a time when ridership is down 75 per cent won’t instantly fill the buses,” Rotrand mentioned. “And I feel Montrealers will see this as wasteful and reckless.”

STM spokesperson Philippe Déry confirmed the STM nonetheless plans so as to add 300 buses to its fleet, however their supply has been delayed by a number of months as a result of the pandemic brought about interruptions on the manufacturing unit line. All 300 of the buses that shall be added to the general fleet shall be delivered someday subsequent yr, he mentioned.

Déry additionally mentioned the STM doesn’t anticipate diminishing its bus service within the coming months or years, saying it can stay “comparatively secure,” regardless of an order from the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain for all transit operators within the area to trim their budgets. Meaning Montrealers will see a number of empty buses driving round, Rotrand mentioned.