40th Anniversary - The RTL welcomes its one billionth passenger
Longueuil, July 8th, 2014 – There was quite a surprise awaiting Christopher Fenerdjian when he got off Bus 74 at 5:40 p.m. Monday, and for good reason: a committee of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), celebrating its 40th anniversary, welcomed the one billionth user of the RTL.
Several dignitaries, including the Mayor of Longueuil, Caroline St-Hilaire, were waiting for him at the platform in order to celebrate this milestone in the history of the RTL.
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil was officially created in July 1974, when the society took over the defunct bus service offered by Chambly Transport. In those days, the RTL was better known as the Commission de transport de la Rive-Sud de Montréal (CTRSM).
In 1985, the Commission became the Société de transport de la Rive-Sud de Montréal (STRSM), and it was only in 2002 that it became officially the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL). Today, 40 years later, the RTL has more than 400 buses serving Longueuil, Brossard, Boucherville, Saint-Lambert and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.
“It is quite a privilege for me to welcome you to mark the one billionth trip on board a RTL bus” said Colette Éthier, President of the RTL, who handed a TRAM 3 card valid for six months to the first passenger getting off the bus as well as a TRAM 3 card valid for one month to each passenger on board the bus.
About the RTL
The RTL is the third public transit organization in importance in Québec with a territory serving the five cities in the Longueuil agglomeration, or 309.6 km2. It serves a population of almost 410,000, and makes more than 134,000 trips each day. In 2013, the RTL had a record year in traffic with 34,447,686 regular service trips. Being one of the most important employers in the Longueuil agglomeration with 1,081 employees, the RTL is a major player in the region’s economic vitality. The RTL’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the citizens living on its territory by meeting their always evolving transportation needs. To do so, the RTL devotes a lot of efforts in assuring reliable and improved services.
On the picture, the RTL’s one billionth passenger, Christopher Fenerdjian, cutting the ribbon, with representatives of the RTL and dignitaries, such as the Mayor of Longueuil, Caroline St-Hilaire, front right and the President of the RTL, Colette Éthier, second at the front left; also on the picture, the Vice-President of the RTL, Alexandre Plante, as well as Xavier Léger and Benoît L’Écuyer, members of the Board of Directors. Other passengers were also on Bus 74, the first line accessible at all times to persons with reduced mobility and chosen specifically to commemorate the year the RTL was created, July 1974.
Public Affairs Advisor
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450 442-8600, ext. 8145