Shortage of STM buses persists as maintenance workers wait for parts

The number of buses available to pick up passengers on Nov. 14 was 1,243. That's fewer than the average number of buses on the road in 2009 — even though the current fleet has 169 more buses overall. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette The city’s shortage of working buses remains historically high — despite assurances last week from Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and the director of the...

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...