Boarding through the front door in the bus of Greater Montreal ” will gradually return in the coming weeks: the passenger will need to start to pay for their ticket.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, only the rear doors of the bus opened at stops, an exceptional measure which had been put in place to protect the drivers of the spread of the coronavirus.
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) on Friday confirmed that physical barriers will be installed gradually by the end of the month of August in order to protect the position of its bus drivers. “We are waiting for the hardware which should arrive in the next few days to start the installation in the bus,” says a spokesperson for the carrier, Isabelle Tremblay.
The fare box will be back once all the positions of drivers in the same transport centre will be equipped with barriers of plexiglas.
The STM will provide the names of the bus lines where the boarding will be from the front.
As of Monday, the return of payment in cash will be required for customers of the paratransit line and the 212-Sainte-Anne of the STM, in which the service is offered in a minibus, urban.
Earlier on the crowns
On the side of Laval, the entry by the front door in the bus will resume gradually starting from the 1st of August, confirms the Société de transport de Laval (STL). To this date, the majority of the vehicles will be fitted with wall-to-wall protection in the area of driving behaviour.
The operator exo, which manages the buses on the north and south suburbs of Montreal, confirms the gradual return of the validation of titles to board their regular bus from the 1st of July.
The réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) stresses that the perception of the tickets in its buses will resume from mid-July. The walls in acrylic glass are being installed in the area of the driver.
All of the carriers in the Greater Montreal said that once the return of the boarding at the front, the users will have to necessarily go down by the back door of the bus, with the exception of persons with reduced mobility.
-With the QMI Agency