Woman arrested for not using métro escalator handrail awarded $20,000

Bela Kosoian holds up a sign during a news conference in Montreal on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Graham Hughes / THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — A Quebec police officer stepped over the line when he detained a woman for refusing to hold onto an escalator handrail, the Supreme Court of Canada said in a scathing ruling on Friday that also slammed Quebec’s lower courts.In a unanimous ruling, the court...

Bus shortage ‘a crisis,’ STM director admits

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante with Société de transport de Montréal chairman Philippe Schnobb and STM director general Luc Tremblay arrive for 2020 STM budget press conference on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette Montrealers shouldn’t believe the city’s transit agency when it says it will improve bus service next year, say opposition councillors.They say...

As repairs pile up, STM buses on Montreal roads are at a 10-year low

In a span of 10 years, the city’s transit agency has shown it can do less with more buses.As the fleet of the Société de transport de Montréal’s buses grew 10 per cent from 2009 to 2019, going from 1,680 to 1,849, the number of buses actually picking up passengers has stayed relatively stable or decreased over that period.In recent days, the STM has had the fewest number of buses on the...