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Kingston Transit launches new Montreal St. Express Route with advance ribbon-cutting ceremony

May 2, 2018 -

On Friday, May 4, Kingston Transit will mark the May 7th launch of its new Montreal St. Express Route – and other service improvements – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Montreal St. Park and Ride at 9:30 a.m. MP Mark Gerretsen, MPP Sophie Kiwala and Mayor Bryan Paterson will join City of Kingston and Kingston Transit staff for the 20-minute commute to downtown Kingston on the new 801/802 Express Route.

The new route provides 15-minute AM/PM peak express service from the Montreal St. Park and Ride direct to downtown Kingston, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Queen's University – and 30-minute service on evenings, weekends, and holidays. 

The May 7 launch of the new 801/802 Montreal St. Express Route coincides with the introduction of 10-minute AM/PM peak service on the 601/602 Express Route  and modifications to routes 1, 2, 7, 12 and 16.

All service enhancements can be found in Kingston Transit's May 2018 Ride Guide and online at www.KingstonTransit.ca/schedules. Changes include:

  • the schedule and map for the new 801/802 Montreal St. Express Route;
  • the updated 601/602 Highway 15 Express Route schedules noting 10-minute AM/PM peak service and 15-minute midday service and 30-minute evenings, weekends and holiday service;
  • the updated schedules and maps for routes 1, 2, 7, 12 and 16;
  • the new layout of the updated Downtown Transfer Point; and
  • the new layout of the updated Bus Terminal Transfer Point.

The new May 2017 Ride Guide, outlining Kingston Transit's Express and regular service maps, is available on most Kingston Transit buses, or at City Hall and the Cataraqui Centre.

Quotes:

"Kingston Transit has done it again – these service enhancements will provide Kingstonians with increased access to public transit and will expand work and play opportunities in several areas of our great city. People who live north of Kingston will have the new opportunity to Park and Ride at Montreal Street and the 401 and have a stress-free commute to the downtown core.

- Mark Gerretsen, MP for Kingston and the Islands

"This is a great day for Kingstonians - these service enhancements will significantly enhance public transit service to and from the Montreal Street corridor and will provide people living in Kingston East the opportunity for more service, more often. The enhancements will help to improve access to local businesses and will shorten morning and evening commutes giving families and individuals more time at home with their loved ones."

- Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

 "This new Express Route will allow Montreal St. Park & Ride commuters to reduce their travel times. The current transit trip from the Montreal St. Park and Ride to Kingston General Hospital takes 35 to 40 minutes. This new, much needed, Express Route will allow KGH staff, patients, and visitors to get to there in less than 25 minutes. That's fantastic!"

- Bryan Paterson, Mayor of Kingston

"We, as well as our riders, have been looking forward to each of these service enhancements for quite some time. Improving the service on each of these routes will reduce commute times and will allow more passengers to have single seat service without the need to transfer to another bus to complete their trip."

- Jeremy DaCosta, Director, Transit and Fleet Services

For questions, please call City of Kingston Customer Service at 613-546-0000 or email contactus@cityofkingston.ca.

About the City of Kingston

Kingston's vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston's high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications and customer experience department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.