The City of Laval has adopted the 2018 Société de transport de Laval (STL) Budget. The STL’s budget will come to $138.1 million, which will enable it to most definitely achieve its strategic objectives: increase its ridership at a ratio exceeding the increase of the Laval population and reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per kilometre travelled by 10% compared to 2012, by 2018. It should also be noted that the City of Laval increased its 2018 contribution by 6.4%, leading to a cumulative increase of 30% over the last four years.
In 2017, the STL rolled out several innovative projects which significantly enhanced client satisfaction, such as the STL Quality Commitment, five Bus Preferential Measures (including two smart traffic lights) as well as the credit card on-board payment pilot project. In addition to these projects, rate initiatives like free service on Route 360 and the partnership with the Laval Rocket Hockey Club, which provided free transport for fans on game day, saw the light of day and were greatly appreciated by Lavallers.
The 2018 budget outlook will allow the STL to continue rolling out projects aimed at improving services, mainly with an increase in the number of service hours and pursuing network electrification projects.
2018 Budget Highlights:
- A 2.6% increase in service hours intended to hit 1.03 million hours per year;
- Improved access to bus stops for people whit impaired mobility;
- Continuation of the bus electrification programme: the launch of a Request For Proposals for the acquisition of 10 electric buses, the rollout of two buses equipped with range extenders, the installation of a quick-charge terminal and studies for the complete electrification of the fleet;
- The launch of the studies to continue the setup of Bus Preferential Measures (BPM);
- The preparation for the study intended to expand the garage.
2018-2027 Capital Plan
The 2018-2027 Capital Plan comes to $347.8 million; a sum that will go mainly for the replacement and addition of buses, the construction of a new garage, and the acquisition and replacement of bus shelters.
It should also be noted that the 2017 rates will be maintained until the summer of 2018 and that the MRTA will carry out a rate review along with Montreal area public transport bodies.
To view the press release, click here.
To consult the budget, click here (in french only).