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Gatineau's transit system to increase bus service

The Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) plans to spend $3.8-million on bus-service improvements.
2018-04-27 STO-Gatineau Transit passengers SK
Passengers on an Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) bus. Photo/sto.ca

"That 3.8 million dollar investment represents 19,000 more hours of services to the commuters on the transit system," said Myriam Nadeau, President of the STO, and Councillor for District de Pointe-Gatineau. She stated that the changes will affect 31 routes.

The STO will change several of their routes to better accommodate commuters. 

Nadeau told 1310NEWS that $2 million will go toward increasing bus services in Gatineau's West-end. 

"By significantly improving the service to citizens and neighbourhoods of Aylmer and Plateau, we respond to a crying need of our customers, and priorities identified by our Board of Directors and the City of Gatineau," said the Executive Director of STO, Line Thiffeault, stating that the changes are a reflection of the needs of the transit system's riders.

List of changes coming to Gatineau's STO
Routes 18, 28, and 58   Routes being modified due to changes at Tunney's Pasture station. Start and end of line at Holland/Sorrel.
Route 20 Schedule adjusted to provide more service during morning peak hours.
Routes 22, 23, 24, 25, and 29 Schedules adjusted to provide more service during mornings and afternoons.
Route 27 Additional trip to Ottawa at 8:35 a.m.
Route 33 Additional trip from Cégep Gabrielle-Roy to the Cité station during the afternoon peak hours.
Route 34 Modified to take route along boulevard du Plateau, boulevard des Grives, and rue de l'Atmosphère.Busses will run every 10 minutes, instead of every 15 minutes until 10 p.m.
Route 38 Service extended until 11 p.m. during weekdays. Service will now be offered on weekends.
Route 39 Modified to take route along chemin Pink, boulevard es Grives and boulevard du Plateau. Service extended until 11:30 p.m., except on Sundays.
Route 40 Additional trip at the end of afternoon peak hours.
Routes 44, and 46 Schedules adjusted to provide two more regular intervals. Additional trip on line 44 during peak hours.
Route 45 Additional stop at Rivermead Park & Ride Service .
Route 47 Additional stop at Rivermead Park & Ride Service. Additional trip at the end of afternoon peak hours.
Route 49 All trips will now be offered by accessible buses. Buses guaranteed to have bike racks. Additional trip to Cégep Gabrielle-Roy during morning peak hours. Service extended until 11 p.m. on Sundays. Riders with limited mobility will now have access to a link between the Aylmer Galleries and the Gabrielle-Roy Cégep via the Plateau and the Hull Hospital.
Route 55 Schedules to be adjusted (as of June 18, 2018).
Route 59 Schedules to be adjusted (as of June 18, 2018). Three additional trips to be added along Hippodrome Street during morning peak hours. Three additional trips to be added along rue de l'Hotel-de-ville during afternoon peak hours.
Route 66 Modified route along Barry, Pierre-Lafontaine and Sillery.
Route 67 Two additional trips to the Cité station in the evening.
Route 68 Seven additional trips to boulevard des Affaires during peak hours.
Route 85 Two additional trips during morning peak hours, and one additional trip during afternoon peak hours. More frequent buses between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., to run every eight minutes.
Route 97 Departure from the Cité station instead of the Labrosse station for 3 trips during afternoon peak hours.
Route 100 Additional trip in the morning, and two additional trips in the afternoon. More frequent buses between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., to run every four minutes.
Route 200 Additional trip in the morning, and an additional trip in the afternoon.
Route 300 WILL NO LONGER RUN. All trips re-routed to line 400.
Route 800 Additional trip to Labrosse station during morning peak hours. Service to be offered on the weekend until 6 p.m.

The STO board approved the changes Thursday. They are set to take effect on August 27.

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