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    STM Replacing L'Aerobus

    The new airport bus will be run by STM.

    It will be seven bucks one way, which includes a 24 hour pass on the Metro. If you already have a CAM or TRAM monthly pass, you're covered.

    The bus will stop at 7 locations downtown, including Berri-UQAM and Lionel Groulx. The rest are hotels along Rene Levesque.

    The bus route is 747 = 7 stops for $7.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/launc...064/story.html

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    Wow. More stops for less money. That is great. I was just thinking of where to jump off of L'Aerobus to get to my hotel when I visit. Now I will check the website to find out the closest stop. Thanks for the info. Super, right by my hotel is the first stop.
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    This new bus sounds pretty good. It looks like it will be awhile before a long-desired train link gets built.

    Train to Trudeau Will be Running Late
    The two authorities working on the airport train proposal are still very much at odds over the best route and terminal

    The Gazette
    March 12, 2010

    A major real-estate project that could revitalize a neglected part of downtown would take longer to get off the ground if the planned airport train is routed to Central Station instead of Windsor Station, a developer said yesterday.

    Cadillac Fairview Corp. has spent $150 million purchasing 5 million square feet of land south of the Bell Centre for an office, retail, hotel and residential development.
    The project could include a transit hub for buses, commuter trains, the airport shuttle and a planned tramway. The hub would incorporate now-unused Windsor Station, purchased by Toronto-based Cadillac Fairview last year.

    But the Agence métropolitaine de transport, which coordinates regional transit, says it can't go ahead with its proposed $520-million transit hub if the airport train goes to Central Station...


    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    More info on the 747 bus:

    Schedule and map

    Press release

    The STM and ADM announce the introduction of the 747 Express bus


    Montréal, March 11, 2010 Michel Labrecque, Chairman of Société de transport de Montréal (STM) Board of Directors, along with James C. Cherry, President and CEO of Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), and Mrs. Manon Barbe, Mayor of the Borough of LaSalle and Executive Committee member responsible for transportation, today announced the introduction of a new bus service with limited stops offering a direct link without transfers between downtown and Montréal-Trudeau airport. Service on the new 747 – Express bus will begin March 29.


    “This new route is designed to improve service in the Dorval hub and to more adequately meet the needs of the airport by increasing the area’s accessibility as it generates some 10 000 rides every day. With this new service, we hope to create an awareness about public transit among airport clients and employees so that they make a habit of using it for their transportation needs,” declared Mr. Labrecque. “The 747 – Express bus bus route was created as part of the STM’s service improvement programme (PASTEC), funded equally by Transports Québec and Ville de Montréal.”


    “Montréal’s Transportation Plan aims to significantly reduce the level of solo car use by banking on alternate solutions for efficient, comfortable and quality public transit. The 747 Express bus can help us achieve this goal while lowering greenhouse gas emissions,” pointed out Mrs. Barbe.


    “This is very good news for airport employers who are finding it hard to recruit staff because of the difficulty or high cost of getting to and from the airport. In fact, the 747 will considerably expand the pool of candidates for employers,” said Aéroports de Montréal President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Cherry. “That said, work must continue to improve road access to the airport and, of course, to prepare the rail shuttle linking the airport with the downtown core, which remains essential.”


    “This new service will translate into a significant improvement in the quality of the transportation experience for all tourists arriving in Montréal through Montréal-Trudeau airport. Finally, we can count on having reliable, efficient and inexpensive transportation to downtown for Montrealers and foreigners visiting our city,” emphasized the honourable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.


    The 747 – Express bus route will be operational seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year. Its route will feature nine stops in each direction, including transfer stops at Lionel-Groulx station, Central Station, Berri-UQAM station and at Gare d’autocars de Montréal, in addition to stopping close to a few downtown hotels and tourist attractions. Buses will run every 20 minutes during rush hour, every 30 minutes during off-peak periods, and every hour from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. The return trip extends over nearly 45 km and its duration will vary from 20 to 35 minutes in each direction, depending on traffic conditions.


    A distinct fare

    Custom-designed to serve the airport, the new bus service makes it possible for travellers to pay the $7 fare in cash aboard the bus and, in return, also enjoy unlimited access to the bus and métro network for the next 24 hours.


    Holders of regular and reduced fare weekly or monthly CAM cards, as well as 1-day and 3-day fare cards, can already take advantage of this service at no extra cost. The monthly TRAM card (1 to 8) can also be used. These public transit fares will also be sold at the airport (international arrivals level), at Gare d’autocars de Montréal, at the Infotourist centres located at Dorchester Square and in Old Montréal, in addition to all usual points of sale.


    A bus made to measure

    Because of the special nature of this bus service, its distinct visual signature calls for the blue chevron identifying the STM’s new corporate branding to which a pictogram of a plane was added. In fact, as the majority of clients using this route will be travellers with suitcases, the buses will be equipped with three baggage racks that can hold up to 17 standard pieces of luggage and 17 cabin-size bags, depending on their format.


    And to make it easier for clients to identify the 747 bus stops, miniature panels will be installed above the bus stop panels of other regular bus routes.


    Promotion

    The STM will advertise the new bus service to potential clients by means of a promotional campaign, rolled out gradually in cooperation with ADM. Thus, the information will be available through the STM’s promotional material, as well as in Tourisme Montréal’s official tourist guide, on backlit signs inside major métro stations downtown, as well as on the electronic billboards inside métro cars. Finally, poster ads will be installed in various strategic locations close to the bus route, including bus shelters and several hotels.


    For more information, clients can call STM-INFO (514 786-4636). They can also call A-U-T-O-B-U-S (514 288-6287) for bus timetables at their stop. The STM website (www.stm.info) also provides timetables as well as other useful information.
    Strasser: By the way, the murder of the couriers, what has been done?
    Renault: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.
    Heinze: We already know who the murderer is.
    Strasser: Good. Is he in custody?
    Renault: Oh, there's no hurry. Tonight he'll be at Rick's. Everybody comes to Rick's.

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    Montreal Cabbies Upset over New Airport Bus

    They circled City Hall and honked their horns for an hour.

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/st...t-shuttle.html

    Wow. I didn't know the airport fare meant so much to them.

    I remember taking a cab for a short trip downtown.

    When I got into the first cab outside the hotel, the driver asked me if I wanted to go to the airport.

    I said, "no, just down the street a little bit."

    He looked at me like I just banged his wife.

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    New 747 bus cuts travel time to Trudeau airport

    25-minute ride from downtown Montreal

    MONTREAL – Day 1 and the bus was right on time: PVM to PET, door to door, 25 minutes. Free with an Opus card to boot.

    The new 747 express bus to Trudeau airport started Monday, and things went swimmingly on two trips at midday.

    The bus pulled up to the stop at Mansfield St. and René Lévesque Blvd. at Place Ville Marie at 12:43 p.m. sharp and arrived at the international arrivals terminal at 1:08 p.m. with 13 passengers on board.

    The new service – which runs 24 hours 365 days a year, every 30 minutes during off-peak hours and at 20-minute intervals during the afternoon rush hour – is meant to make airport travel faster and cheaper for passengers and workers.

    The service is free for those with a weekly or monthly transit pass and costs $7 each way for all others.

    Saving time and money sold airport security guard Patrick Julien on public transit for his commute, a first. “I usually take my car and it costs me $40 a week in gas,” said Julien, who lives in Rosemont. His job package includes employee parking, but he estimates it takes him 50 to 60 minutes to go by car.

    By taking the subway to Berri-UQAM and grabbing the 747 express, Julien figures he’ll save 20 minutes a trip and $90 a month by buying a transit pass instead of gas.

    “I’m going to use the bus every day – I won’t have to leave earlier for traffic and my car will get a rest,” he said as the bus rocketed along Highway 20.

    Midday is a down period for airport arrivals and departures, so there will be more bus trips between 2 and 6 p.m. when the bulk of the big flights arrive and depart for Europe.

    At the airport itself, an STM employee will be on duty for two weeks to answer questions for incoming travellers and others new to the system.

    A word of advice: Teach these information agents where major hotels are relative to the various bus stops on René Lévesque.

    Poor business visitor Steinar Matthiasson, just off a plane from Iceland, was initially told his Hilton was on Sherbrooke St. before a reporter informed him it was Place Bonaventure and he should get off at Mansfield to get there.

    Matthiasson saw the 747 signs as he was coming through customs and decided to give the bus a whirl. With a little help, he bought a three-day transit pass for $14 (same price as a return ticket), which gives him unlimited trips on the STM system during his three-day stay.

    “This is my lucky day,” he said when he realized he was hitting the airport the first day the 747 was up and running.

    Matthiasson had a suggestion for the STM: Put the major hotels on the 747 map to help tourists.

    Tickets are available at the airport currency exchange counter in international arrivals. A customer can pay cash, but in coins only – the machines on the bus don’t take paper money. In town, you can purchase express bus tickets at the central bus terminal at Berri and the Infotourist Centre at Dominion Square.

    Go to http://www.stm.info/English/a-somm.htm for times and stops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bond_james_bond View Post
    Wow. I didn't know the airport fare meant so much to them.

    I remember taking a cab for a short trip downtown.

    When I got into the first cab outside the hotel, the driver asked me if I wanted to go to the airport.

    I said, "no, just down the street a little bit."

    He looked at me like I just banged his wife.
    A good friend of mine was staying at the Omni & wanted to meet me for dinner downtown. It was raining fairly hard outside & he wasn't sure where to go. So he decided it would be best if he'd take a cab from the hotel & get dropped off a few blocks downtown. Well, to make a long story short, the cab drivers at the hotel refused to give him a ride since they had hoped he was going to the airport. One of them even told him to walk & that exercise would be good for him. One of the doormen wasn't too happy at this, so he went out on the street & flagged down an oncoming taxi cab to pick up my friend.

    Since that time, i'm quite aware that taxi cabs posted at hotels prefer clients going to the airport (for $$ reasons & not having to lose their 'turn' in line). So if i'm going a short distance & need a cab, i'll simply start walking on the street & flag down an oncoming cab.

    I for one can't wait to give the new bus a try. I hope it's similar to the Airport Express buses in Toronto where you take a bus at the airport & they drop you off at your hotel, and vice-versa. It's much more convenient than the 'system' they presently had going on where they bus you practically at the other end of town & you then have to hop onto a shuttle & get driven all around town at various hotel drop-offs until they finally drop you off at yours.

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    I need to go to the airport about 10 to 15 times a year. I might not use the bus service all the time, but since it is all on my dime I will be using it most of the time.

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    I used this bus service just the other week during my visit to Montreal. It all worked out great, just a couple of points that might help some of us out of towners:

    1. The bus only takes passes or exact change of $7 (no bills). I had to run off the bus and buy a soda so I would have the change
    2. You need to request your stop because the bus, like most city run buses won't stop unless you request it by pushing that yellow strip. Being that I was used to the Aerobus I assumed the bus was going to automatically stop at all stops.

    Other than that it worked out great. Very affordable way to travel from the airport.

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