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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.

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Côte St. Luc historical site finally regains its proper address

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Côte St. Luc historical site finally regains its proper address
Article online since November 14th 2006

BY MARILYNN VANDERSTAY

Over 150 years ago a church built by the Sulpician monks in Côte St. Luc was given the civic address of 6767 Côte St. Luc Rd. Last month, after over a quarter of a century of being without a visible sign marking the address, the number was properly reinstated on the property that now hosts St. Patrick’s Square senior residence.

From its beginnings in 1848, the church underwent a number of transformations from the church to a school, then a private home, and a general store and post office in the early 1930s.Around 1943, the store became a restaurant, then a snack bar with a beer license. A plumbing business and shoe repair store followed. The church building was torn down in 1964 and construction began in the late ’70s on St. Patrick Square, a not-for-profit pre-retirement community for autonomous residents 55-plus.

The project was made possible with aide from the federal government and the support of one of Montreal’s oldest organizations, the St. Patrick’s Society, established in 1834.

Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau officially opened St. Patrick Square on March 10, 1979. The original bell from the church had been preserved and was installed in the lobby. But there was a glitch. The building did not have a front door to post the civic address on and for the last 27 years, the number had been posted on a small

corner sign which didn’t give directions to the front door. That made finding the address difficult for everyone from visitors to delivery people.

“We inherited the civic address 6767 Côte St. Luc Rd., but as we don’t have a front door on Côte St. Luc Road, it has been a bit of a mystery how people have found us, said Square executive director Georgia Remond.

Last month the Square hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the installation of new signs posted at the corner of Cote St. Luc Road and King Edward and up the street at the entrance of the garden of the Square. The signs depict the new logos of the Square superimposed with the civic address 6767 and an arrow pointing the way.

Piper Graham Batty led 14 of the original tenants who moved into the residence in 1979 and volunteers from the St. Patrick Senior’s Recreation Association to the ribbon which stretched from the corner of King Edward to the front doors of the Square.They were joined by former CSL mayor Bernard Lang, CSL councillor Dida Berku, and Mary McDaid, president of St. Patrick’s Society.

“The event became a party at the ribbon as all the participants were given decorated scissors to assist in the ribbon cutting, said Remond, adding the ribbon was made of three-inch wide white satin with the logs imprinted every three feet so each participant could take home a piece of the ribbon as a souvenir. The event was followed by an Irish coffee reception.

Côte St. Luc historical site finally regains its proper address