Publié le 29 octobre 2015 à 19h33 | Mis à jour le 29 octobre 2015 à 19h33
Retour des Expos: une lettre envoyée aux équipes de la ligue
La Presse Canadienne
Le maire de Montréal, Denis Coderre, et l'ex-actionnaire des Expos de Montréal Stephen Bronfman ont fait parvenir une missive aux 30 équipes du Baseball majeur afin de mousser la candidature de la ville auprès de ses gouverneurs, a appris La Presse Canadienne.
La lettre, envoyée il y a quelques semaines, présentait également l'option la plus probable pour le site d'un éventuel stade - le bassin Peel.
Mise à jour
Avec la venue probable d'une station du REM sous le bassin Peel, il semble de plus en plus probable que le futur stade éventuel des Expos serait construit au sud du bassin Peel entre les rues Wellington, Bridge et Mill :
Article dans la Gazette concernant l'achalandage dans les autobus
Voir l'article pour l'achalandage par ligne de 2012 à 2018
Despite problems, bus ridership in Montreal up slightly in 2018
Passenger numbers are still far short of those from 2012 as complaints soar and punctuality hits its lowest mark since 2001.
JASON MAGDER, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Updated: September 30, 2019
Punctuality plunged, a record number of vehicles were parked for repairs and complaints soared to record levels — and yet, Montreal’s transit authority saw a slight increase in bus ridership last year.
There were 637,908 more trips taken on city buses in 2018 compared with the year before — an increase of 0.28 per cent.
It was the first time since 2013 that bus ridership grew.
The figures, obtained through an access-to-information request, show 142 of 220 bus lines saw an increase in passengers.
And yet, 2018 was a trying one for the Société de transport de Montréal.
Because of a labour crisis in the maintenance department, an average of 1,341 buses out of a fleet of 1,807 were available for morning and afternoon peak periods.
That represents the lowest number in a decade, and far less than the 1,424 required to deliver full service.
The number of complaints soared by 32 per cent, and the on-time rate of buses was a meagre 79.5 per cent — the lowest since 2001, according to statistics from the STM’s website.
The year was also marked by buses running out of fuel in record numbers while on the road.
Despite the uptick in ridership, the numbers fall short of those from 2012. Since that time, 33.9 million fewer annual trips were recorded, accounting for a 13-per-cent overall decline.
The increase in ridership for 2018 was surprising to Nick Chaloux, a transportation planner and former researcher at TRAM — Transportation Research at McGill.
“The fact there is a slight growth is positive,” said Chaloux, who published a paper last year that highlighted concerns about the decline in the STM’s bus service.
“The STM was operating with 100 fewer buses on average, with all the side effects that come with that. When you take that into consideration and you see that ridership was stagnant overall, that’s kind of impressive.”
Sarah V. Doyon, the director of the transit lobby Trajectoire Québec, said her group was not surprised.
“We’re finding that people are making more sustainable choices, both for the environment and because congestion is so heavy that public transit is seen as an efficient mode of transportation,” she said.
It helps that the STM has been working to add more reserved bus lanes throughout its network, Doyon added.
As for the record number of complaints and high number of late buses, Doyon speculated congestion played a role as buses get stuck in traffic just like cars.
STM spokesperson Philippe Déry concurred, saying the agency is happy more Montrealers chose to take the bus during a trying year marked by major roadwork and traffic congestion.
Déry said several measures were put in place to improve performance, including creating two new bus lines to serve the Rivière-des-Prairies and Griffintown sectors, and the merging of bus lines No. 19 with and 53 in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough.
Altogether, the STM offered 68.9 million hours of service in 2018 — a 0.5 per cent increase from the year before, Déry said.
Last spring, STM chairperson Philippe Schnobb admitted 2018 had been a difficult year and said the bus network was plagued by a deliberate slowdown by unionized employees during a labour conflict.
In February, during a hearing of Quebec’s workplace tribunal, the STM blamed the union for a record number of buses parked in the garage for repairs.
Breaking down the STM data by bus line, nine out of the 10 most-travelled routes continued to see ridership declines in 2018.
Only the 51 Édouard-Montpetit line saw a 1.98 per cent increase in its ridership. That increase was enough to make it the only route in the top 10 to gain riders in the period covered by the data, from 2012 to 2018.
Over that time, five of the 10 most-travelled buses saw declines of 20 per cent or more: the 69 Gouin, 139 Pie-IX, 121 Sauvé/Côte-Vertu, 165 Côte-des-Neiges and 67 Saint-Michel.
The most-travelled bus is the 141 Jean-Talon Est, with 8.2 million trips recorded in 2018.
The 51 Édouard-Montpetit was the second-most travelled bus with 7.7 million trips.
The 161 Van Horne, the 18 Beaubien and the 24 Sherbrooke round out the top 10, and all saw declines of between one and 13 per cent.
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