New RTC routes at Quebec City Airport: another option to increase accessibility
Bus, taxi, Uber or vehicle: “The important thing is to have the choice, no matter the means of transport that suits you,” said Stéphane Poirier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jean-Lesage International Airport. Quebec City (YQB), at the time of the inauguration of the new routes and facilities of the Capital Transportation Network (RTC) at the airport site, Wednesday.
Since June 15, Route 76 connects YQB to Sainte-Foy bus and train stations, 7 days a week, between 5 am and 11 pm, at a frequency of 30 minutes. The 80, which was launched on August 17, connects the airport and the lower city, according to the same schedules. Travel time: 40 to 50 minutes for the 76, and between 50 and 60 minutes for the 80.
The project has been on the table since Alain Mercier joined the RTC’s executive board in 2012, and the service has long been expected by the community. “It was a recurring demand from travelers, employees and the business community,” he says. We offer an option that the workers did not have before. ”
The idea of a more direct route was rejected by the RTC, which preferred to bet on the “combination” to improve the entire transport network. He cites the example of the 76 stop at the cinema on the Duplessis highway, “which is very popular with young people”.
For Mr. Poirier, this new service will help fulfill the economic function of the airport, in addition to facilitating accessibility to the site, regardless of financial means. “Many partners on the [airport] site are short of manpower,” he continues. These new routes will allow the low-cost movement of 2500 workers at the airport site.
The rate for a transit through the RTC network is $ 3.10.
Nearly $ 100,000 was invested by YQB for the construction of the concrete deck for the buses.
It will take between 2 and 3 years for new routes to mature, according to Mercier. He says, however, that “hundreds of people board the 76”, and that number is increasing every week.
Carolina Roy-Miller, an independent taxi driver, has not seen a drop in ridership since the route 76, which is not widely used by users, she said. Same story for some taxi drivers Coop, who have not noticed a decrease in attendance. Germain Blouin, of Hypra Taxi, however, notes a slight decline in customers since mid-June.
For the moment, Mr. Mercier does not note any space problem for carrying baggage in buses, even though the project has not reached its full user potential. It encourages “everyone to try the service” and if it is popular, more trips could be added.
Route 78 which connected the airport and the terminus Les Saules five times a day was abolished on 17 August.
These new routes are part of the revision of the routes of the RTC for the implementation of the structuring transport network.