CSL Golden Shuttle to Walmart Lasalle?

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Côte Saint-Luc seniors want STM shuttle service extended

Group says adding 5 minutes to current route would make a big difference

CBC News Posted: Jul 12, 2017 

A group of seniors in Côte Saint-Luc are asking the STM to extend a shuttle bus service that runs to Angrignon mall.

A group of seniors in Côte Saint-Luc are asking the STM to extend a

shuttle bus service that runs to Angrignon mall. (Simon Nakonechny/CBC)

A group of seniors from Côte Saint-Luc say they rely on the STM shuttle bus service that goes to Carrefour Angrignon shopping centre, but right now, it doesn’t go far enough.

The current route drops passengers off in the mall parking lot, making it more difficult to access nearby big box stores on the other side of a busy intersection on foot.

“To cross the Angrignon Boulevard, you take your life into your hands,” said Maureen Deery, a resident of St. Patrick Square, an apartment community for those 55 and up on Côte St-Luc Road.

As it stands, the shuttle’s last stop is at the mall. The group wants the STM to add a stop in front of the Walmart across the street. From there, they would have easier access to other big box stores.

The proposed stop would be about a kilometre away, which doesn’t seem far, but it’s a long way to walk for those who aren’t as spry as they used to be.

Shuttle provides ‘vital access’

The bus line is one of the STM’s last remaining “Navette Or” services designated specifically for seniors. It only runs three times a week and many passengers use it to get all their shopping done in one trip.

“The shuttle is a vital access,” Deery told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak.

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The group of women live in the same apartment building and

use the shuttle service frequently. (Simon Nakonechny/CBC)

Another St. Patrick Square resident, Jackie MacDonnell, says crossing the six-lane intersection, especially when loaded up with heavy shopping bags, can be a struggle.

“It’s hard to get to Walmart because it’s quite a long walk, we have to cross busy streets and all that,” she told CBC.

Some of the users have been pushing for the change since 2015, and even submitted a petition.

The STM declined to give an interview on the topic but did issue a statement saying that there’s a moratorium on changing seniors’ shuttle bus routes and that no changes were being considered for the 262.

‘Huge gain for the seniors’

Côte Saint-Luc city councillor Dida Berku told CBC that she plans to put pressure on the STM to reconsider.

The proposed change would mean “a minor modification for a huge gain for the seniors,” she said.

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Some of the 262 bus users peruse the schedule.

They have been asking for the new stop for two years, with no success. (CBC)

 

Berku said the extra five minutes could be easily accommodated by cutting another, rarely used stop on the 262 line.

“It wouldn’t take much to simply modify the route,” she said. “This is why this shuttle was created.”

With files from Simon Nakonechny, CBC’s Daybreak

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The City of Cote Saint-Luc strongly supports this request. Indeed, we have been in contact with the Montreal Transit Corporation / STM over the last few years to expand the Golden Shuttle service from CSL to reach more shopping centres as well as the hospital district. So far, they have not acceded to our requests.

Montreal Transit says 262 Gold Shuttle is heavily used

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The Gazette Squeaky Wheels column featured a question this week about the 262 Golden Shuttle bus. A rider complained about wait times. But the STM said it is heavily used.
Q: My questions is about the STM’s shuttle 262 (from Côte-St-Luc to the Angrignon shopping centre). I love to take this shuttle because it saves so much time. However, the first bus of the day cannot be relied upon — especially in winter and it’s a wait of an hour and a half before the next bus. I presume this is a low-priority route and drivers are pulled off to service other routes. I am a senior and discussion of this topic with my friends (also seniors) is we would like this route to continue, but fear low use of the service might lead to cancellation. Hope not. Also, a suggestion: If a stop was made at the Elmhurst terminal many riders from the N.D.G. area would benefit and ridership would increase.
– Patricia Kearney
A: STM spokesperson Amélie Régis said the 262 shuttle, which stops at several seniors residences, the Cavendish Mall (and attached CLSC), the Côte-St-Luc library, the pool and the Angrignon mall is quite heavily used for a shuttle. It is actually one of the agency’s most highly used shuttles. She said there is no plan to put an end to its service. As for its reliability, she said the STM doesn’t pull buses off the route in order to service others, but all routes are subject to delays if there is a bus breakdown.

Demand grows for CSL shuttle to hospitals

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Since the launch of the STM’s “Golden Shuttle” 262 which services Cote Saint-Luc’s senior population, connecting apartments, condos and seniors residences with the City’s main facilities as well as the Place Angrignon shopping centre in LaSalle there has been demand to connect the City with Montreal’s west end hospitals.

Several requests have been made by City Council to the STM and we will continue to press forward with this need.  What can you do?  Call the STM and make your opinion known.

Free Press, April 25, 2012. Click to enlarge.

CSL Golden Shuttle Bus Reminder

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Around the Towns

The Suburban, March 21, 2012

 

CSL GOLD SHUTTLE BUS REMINDER

 

Côte St. Luc is reminding residents of the existence of the 262 – Navette Or Côte St. Luc, a “26 km minibus route which features 18 stops in each direction, serving seven residences for seniors in that area, as well as the main local points of interest to them.

In addition to the residences, the minibus route serves Carrefour Angrignon, Cavendish Mall, Maimonides Geriatric Centre, CLSC René- Cassin, the Eleanor London Côte St. Luc Public Library, the Côte Saint-Luc Shopping Centre, and the municipal swimming pool,” says a city advisory.

“The 262 shuttle bus operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with four departures in each direction, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The route takes about 44 minutes to travel in each direction, from the Côte St. Luc municipal swimming pool (north terminus) to Carrefour Angrignon (south terminus). The bus route number appears on a gold-coloured background on designated bus stops.”

All aboard the Golden Shuttle 262

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The one-year-old 262 ‘Golden’ shuttle is gaining in popularity among seniors.  After launching the 262 with the intention of evaluating its potential over a period of a year, the STM has since discovered it to be in Montreal’s top three busiest shuttle services.

The best way to ensure the service is expanded is to ride it.

Read the full article from the Free Press here: 2011-12-08 Free Press Bus 262

Launch of Bus Route 262 and map

 

CSL shuttle launch

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It’s not the space shuttle!  It’s the all-new CSL Golden Shuttle.
  
 
 
 

Golden Shuttle 262 takes to the road on November 2

 

 
Today the City of Cote Saint-Luc and the Montreal Transit Corporation launched a special shuttle aimed particularly at senior citizens.The bus line is numbered 262 – and the official title is the “Navette Or Côte Saint-Luc”.The service was launched in District 6 at the Caldwell Residences by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de MontréalMichel Labreque and Councillors Dida Berku, Allan Levine and myself.

I am particularly pleased to be officiating at the inauguration of this service, something that I have spoken a great deal about over the last few years in anticipation of this day.

Cote Saint-Luc places enormous importance in providing quality services to our senior population.  It is fitting that the first stop on the 262 route will be at our intergenerational and aquatic centre, now under construction.

The ability to remain active and mobile are key factors in maintaining a high quality of life and we hope that our seniors will take great advantage of this new service.

The route ia served by a minivan based on a schedule with 4 departures per direction between 9 am and 6 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The route begins at the future site of the Cote Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre, at Parkhaven and Mackle Roads (northern terminus), and zigzags past seniors residences, the library, city hall, the Cavendish Mall / CLSC, Cote Saint-Luc Shopping Centre, several condos and ends up at Carrefour Angrignon (southern terminus).

The round trip route has 32 stops (16 per direction) offering front door access to 1180 homes.  The journey takes 44 minutes in each direction. 

 
 

L-R: Charles Senekal, Manager, CSL Engineering, Beverly Akerman, President, CSL Senior Social Centre, Sidney Margles, President, CSL Senior Mens Club, Cllr. Michel Labreque, President, MTC/STM, Cllr. Dida Berku, Cllr. Allan Levine, Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen, Tanya Abramovitch, CSL City Manager

 

The shuttle service will begin November 2, 2010 and anyone can hop on with an Opus card or by paying the usual STM fare.

For the detailed route of the 262 from the STM website click here. For the 262 pamphlet click here. For the STM press release click here.

 Read it in the West End Times.