Longueuil, July 8, 2020 – At the request of the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) and due to the situation in recent months that has led to significant shortfalls for transit corporations, the Board of Directors of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) approved a plan to optimize its resources at its last meeting on July 2.
The RTL saw a nearly 70% decrease in ridership and unforeseen expenses due to the new health regulations; it was also forced to reorganize its services. Certain measures have already been taken, such as implementing a reduced summer schedule better suited to the current demand. Several cost-cutting measures also had to be taken to minimize the financial impacts of the crisis.
“We were hit hard by the pandemic. Despite major efforts by the RTL, the ARTM is asking us to adjust our service to match current ridership levels. While it’s a huge amount, the $400 M in funding for all of Québec’s transit corporations recently announced by the province won’t cover the full extent of the losses and costs incurred by the pandemic,” stated Jonathan Tabarah, Chairman of the RTL Board of Directors.
The RTL is therefore announcing a resource optimization plan to adjust its service to the current demand and to minimize the expected financial impacts. Starting in September, cuts will be made to service levels and operating costs.
The RTL wishes to reassure users looking ahead to September that the impacts on them will be minimal, but that adjustments will be made throughout the territory and to paratransit services to reflect demand, while taking into account the pandemic and users’ travel needs.
“This is an unprecedented situation that we’re in, with a lot of unknown variables, which makes this no easy task. We’re going to have to make some difficult decisions. But, I can assure you that we’ll do our best to listen to our users and to continuously adjust our service, as well as work closely with the unions to find ways to limit the impact of these cuts on our employees,” added Michel Veilleux, Executive Director of the RTL.
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.
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.