Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge: Free public transit coming to an end for some

By News Staff

Those benefiting from the free public transit due to construction on the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge will have to start paying for their fares again starting on Monday.

As of Feb. 5, due to the improved travel times within these sectors, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) 212 and 411 bus lines and the #11 exo Vaudreuil-Hudson train line from Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Baie-d’Urfé station will no longer be offering free travel.

The current free service are still in effect at the Hudson, Vaudreuil, Dorion, Pincourt and Île-Perrot train stations as well as on the entire exo bus service in La Presqu’Île until further notice.

“Users traveling from the five stations located outside of Montreal will therefore continue to receive a free two-pass ‘All Modes ABC’ ticket in order to make their journey by train, including necessary connections via the networks. bus and metro and the REM,” states a press release by the Ministry of Transport. “The distribution of these tickets will now be carried out seven days a week, depending on the train timetable.”

In order to avoid paying a fine, transport users will need to validate their free tickets.

The toll suspension on Highway 30 is still in effect until further notice, between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Monday to Friday.

On Jan. 15, a third lane was opened on the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge after fixing a damaged portion.

According to the Ministry, the reopening of additional lanes is planned for the fall of 2024 but its dependant on the work progress.

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