Bus network needs funding: Study

A study done at McGill finds, to no one’s surprise, that the STM bus network needs better funding. The pandemic led to a permanent cultural change and the system is still running with a scant 80% of its pre‑pandemic ridership.

After Denis Coderre’s slashing of bus services, the system barely had a chance to rebuild confidence before Covid came along. Now it will take time and money to win riders back.

In other transit news, Exo trains are seeing increased ridership in the first quarter of 2024 compared to 2023. Even so, ridership is only at 47% of what it was in 2019.