Adoption of RTL’s 2017 budget
Stimulating the growth of public transit
Longueuil, December 9, 2016 – The Réseau de transport de Longueuil’s (RTL) 2017 budget of $169.3 million was adopted at the Agglomération de Longueuil council’s public meeting held on December 8. There is a limited increase of 1.6% in the budget compared to 2016. Backed by sound management strategies and a common vision, the RTL was able to establish a plan for improving its customer service in order to strengthen and stimulate the growth of public transit in the Agglomération de Longueuil.
At a time when challenges abound, the RTL is proud to table a budget that will allow for the sound management of resources, in particular through a rethinking of its practices and the renewed commitment of the teams already in place. Projects already underway and those lined up in the 2017 budget were given priority in order to continue the shift toward becoming more customer-centric, from a sustainable development perspective consistent with the main points of the 2013-2022 strategic plan.
“Our goal is to make every effort to expand public transit in order to encourage sustainable mobility on the South Shore. For example, our key projects, such as the adoption of innovative technologies, and the continued roll-out of the express bus service and universal accessibility measures, are motivated by the desire to always be a more attractive alternative to solo driving,” explained RTL Chairman Colette Éthier.
Furthermore, the three-year capital plan, tabled at the same time, will involve investments of more than $217 million during the 2017-2019 fiscal period, leading to the completion of several improvement projects.
“This budget will give us the tools we need to bring our vision to life. It includes a number of new and exciting projects designed to respond to the needs expressed by our users. With this budget in hand, the RTL is poised to step up as a key player in the transportation of the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil,” declared Colette Éthier.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil. The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometers. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.
Brigitte Roussy, Communications and Public Affairs Advisor
Réseau de transport de Longueuil
450-442-8600, ext. 8145