Allison Hanes: Almost anything beats taking the bus

As Montreal’s traffic hell worsens and people contemplate their options, does taking the bus top anyone’s list of alternatives?

Crowded, frequently late, stuck in traffic, inefficient, sweltering in the summer (and often in the winter, too, when passengers are bundled up to brave the elements outside), taking the bus can be a miserable experience many days.

For those who have no other choice, it is a fact of life. But for those who do, almost anything beats the bus — even if that means taking three different métro lines, a long bike ride or stewing alone in a car to reach a destination.

A Montreal Gazette access request found that the Société de transport de Montréal has seen a 13-per-cent reduction in bus ridership between 2012 and 2017. The steepest decrease was — no shock here — in 2015 when the STM’s budget was constrained and service suffered. As any expert or passenger will…

Original published: 2018-07-16 21:41:54 Read the full Montreal News here


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