The STM’s summer initiative offering free access to the metro in seven different stations in downtown Montreal will officially end after this weekend. The news first broke on June 16 when Mayor Valérie Plante announced that Montrealers could take advantage of free access to the metro every weekend from June 24 to September 5.
“The STM is delighted with this excellent news! This will be another incentive to use the metro and to (re)discover its advantages (reliability, efficiency, frequency of service…) in addition to contributing to the dynamism of the city center by making it easier to travel”, the The STM had tweeted in response.
The plan was introduced as a way to promote transit use and downtown tourism. Stations with free admission on weekends under the program are Berri-UQAM, Champ-de-Mars, McGill, Peel, Place-d’Armes, Place-des-Arts and Saint-Laurent.
The STM also moved forward with other service expansion projects this summer. Three other stations, Mont-Royal, Arts Square, and Outremont, all have become universally accessible following renovations. In the case of Outremont, this represented a shutdown of more than eight months.
Work is also officially underway to extend the blue line east by five stations to the borough of Anjou. Major preparatory work for the diversion of sewer, water and electricity lines began at the corner of rue Jean-Talon and boulevard Viau at the end of August.
While free admission will no longer be after this Labor Day weekend, the initiative has apparently been a success and will hopefully make a return next summer as well. *crossed fingers*