New public transit; Flexibus



Many people want to take the bus, but most of the time, it is not convenient: Flexibus is the perfect solution for it!

If you live in a small neighbourhood not well served by public transit. For example not with frequent bus passage, or with bus stops far from your home, a new small bus named Flexibus just arrived and it’s the solution for you. Flexibus can bring you from your home to your bus stop or to wherever you want to go as long as it’s in the same zone. It can either be used to go to the grocery store, the library, a friend’s house or a restaurant. It’s really useful when you are a teenager and can’t get a lift from your parents or when it’s winter or raining and you don’t want to take your bike. It’s also helpful for adults who do not have a car or want to take the bus instead of their cars.  

Flexibus is now available in three zones. The first one is in Val-Bélair and Loretteville. The second one is in Saint-Émile, Wendake, Lac-Saint-Charles and Notre-Dame-des-Laurentides. The last one is in Courville and Montmorency. For the first zone and the third zone, the service is available between 6 am and 11 pm every day. In the second zone, the service is between 9 am to 3 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm during the week and between 6 am to 23 pm on weekends. In the future, there will also be new zones : Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux in 2023, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Champigny and l’Ancienne-Lorette in 2024 and finally Anse au Foulon and Cap-Diamant in 2025.

It is really simple to book a passage on the bus, you just need to install the app named RTC Flexibus and create your account. After that, you put the address where you want the bus to come to pick you up and the address of your final destination. When it’s done, you just have to specify if you are going to pay with money or using your OPUS card and then indicate the time you want the bus to arrive. The departure time can be scheduled, as quickly as in the next 5 to 10 minutes. After travel booking confirmation, the application will allow you to receive updates on the estimated time of arrival and the location of the bus.   

The bus can contain a maximum of seven people and offers an affordable transportation option. The cost is the same as the basic RTC bus service, so 3.50 dollars or it can be paid with your OPUS card. ”It’s almost like a free taxi,” said Letitia Gosselin.