Laval, April 5, 2016 – David De Cotis, President of the STL’s Board of Directors; Guy Picard, Director General of the STL (Société de transport de Laval), and Chantal Provost, President and Director General of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval, are pleased to announce the launch of a new on-call shared taxi service for the Eastern Industrial Park between boulevards Lite and Leman. The Omni Brokerage Group Ltd has also joined the process, representing the area’s businesses.
“The STL is working in close collaboration with local actors to find adapted solutions that meet the needs of clients” explains David De Cotis. “When the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Laval and Omni Brokerage Group Ltd contacted us, we listened to their needs and developed a tangible solution”.
The route, stops and schedule for the taxi service are all established in advance, allowing for transfers to and from the regular STL network. The service has over 80 departures seven days a week. Clients who would like to use the service must reserve a spot at one of the scheduled stops by calling Co-Op Taxi Laval at 450 688-8700.
Reservations must be made at least 30 minutes before the departure time. To use the service, clients must be at the stop location they requested and show the driver their OPUS chip card with a valid fare for public transportation on the STL network. Information about the on-call taxi service is available at stl.laval.qc.ca, under the schedules and routes tab.
The issue of access to the industrial park via public transportation was raised by Chantal Provost following discussions at the Chambre’s business members’ meetings held in the fall. This collaboration between the STL and the Chambre came about following reflections on adapted transportation solutions to reduce the costs associated with commuting by car and to encourage greater accessibility for workers.
Nancy Salloum, Human Resources Director for the Omni Brokerage Group Ltd adds that “the implementation of an on-call shared taxi service is a solution that suits us perfectly for the time being. This service provides our employees with the advantages of public transit and allows us to determine the popularity of this type of service by the project’s end in December 2016. “
Guy Picard concluded by stating that “our mission is offering quality service to all taxpayers in the City of Laval. We have a team that truly understands how to implement optimal solutions that are best adapted to the specific needs of our clients.”