Reaction to the 2022 provincial budget
RTL grateful to Québec government for $13.4 billion allocated to public transit
Longueuil, March 24, 2022 - The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) applauds the Québec government for the additional amounts allocated to emergency support for transit corporations, mobility improvements and paratransit services, among other things. Last Tuesday, Québec’s Finance Minister, Éric Girard, presented the new Québec Infrastructure Plan (QIP) 2022-2032, which allocates $13.4 billion to public transit. The RTL plans to use its share of the funding to create some much-needed financial stability in the wake of the decline in ridership caused by the pandemic.
“The RTL has seen a significant drop in fare revenues. And we’re doing everything in our power right now to welcome users back and expand our client base. Public transit is gradually picking up. This money will help the RTL maintain an optimal level of service in order to better meet needs, especially those of paratransit users. It will also directly support the leadership role we are hoping to play in the fight against climate change. Public transit is the economical and environmentally friendly alternative to solo car travel.
“This addition to the Programme d’aide d’urgence au transport en commun (PAUTC), funded by Québec and Ottawa, will allow us to continue dealing with the consequences of the health crisis and prepare for the future, which will be marked in 2022 by the launch of the first REM rides on our territory.”
– Geneviève Héon, Chair of the RTL Board of Directors
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.