Thursday, August 12, 2004

How is the public transportation in Montreal?

Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the 15th largest corporation in Québec, is the public transportation company of Montreal. Montreal has an excellent public transportation system based on a network of bus and subway (or Metro, as it is known in Montreal) routes which quickly carry commuters to their destinations.

For any information you want to know about bus and Metro routes and its schedule, you can use STM website. Since its inception in 1997, the number of visitors to this Website has been steadily increasing, reaching 4.3 million in 2002! It's a respectable number, I think.

Entre deux arrêts (the Between Stops) service is available to women travelling alone on bus routes in the evening, including on nighttime routes. The Between Stops service allows a woman to get off the bus between regular bus stops.

Just one more point about the buses in Montreal. When you want to get off from the rear door, you should open it by yourself! When the bus stops, a green light above the rear door turns on and then depending on the type of the bus, you should either push a touch-sensitive bar or step down on the lower stair to open the rear door. Don't blame the driver for not openning the door for you :)

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