Longueuil, November 7, 2019 — Longueuil citizens had the opportunity to weigh in during the public consultations held by the RTL on October 9 and November 6. Participants at these sessions shared their thoughts and opinions about the restructuring of the RTL’s network.
The arrival of the REM in 2021 and the major work scheduled on the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Bridge Tunnel will have a significant impact on public transit in the Agglomération de Longueuil, giving rise to new mobility requirements. For the RTL, this is an opportunity to rethink its network and to consult citizens in order to respond better to the growing demand for transit services.
The residents expressed their needs and wants for the public transit system during four diverse and engaging workshops. Working in small groups, participants shared their concerns and opinions about mobility-related issues, bus routes and frequency of stops, and discussed what measures would encourage them to use public and active transportation more as a way of supporting sustainable mobility in the Agglomération.
“With the major changes poised to happen on our territory in the next few years, the RTL will need to combine its public transit expertise with our users’ in-depth knowledge of the area,” stated Pierre Brodeur, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors. “Public consultations are the best way to make sure our users’ needs are met by the transit network, by making it more efficient and responsive to future challenges.”
“When it comes to the mobility issue, citizens need to feel heard, and the approach taken by the RTL is a great example of how to achieve this,” said Sylvie Parent, Mayor of Longueuil. “If there’s one issue that concerns us all and that we all need to work together on, it’s the smooth flow of traffic. And that requires both an efficient public transit system and fewer cars on our roads, which will ultimately improve the quality of life of our citizens.”
The RTL also posted a questionnaire online for Longueuil citizens who were unable to attend the public consultation in person. We encourage them to fill it out.
The questionnaire for Vieux-Longueuil residents is available until November 20, 2019, at www.rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/consultationpublique.
Agglomération de Longueuil consultations
Over the past year, public consultations have been held in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Brossard, and Boucherville. More than a thousand citizens have already weighed in. Another consultation will take place on November 21 in Saint-Lambert. A survey will be posted online for two weeks for residents who are unable to attend.
Citizens during the November 6 consultation in Longueuil, in the Vieux-Longueuil borough.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil.
The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometres. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region. The RTL is the tenth best employer in Canada in 2019 according to Forbes.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs
of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.