Laval residents over 65 will soon be able to ride STL buses for free.
Wednesday night, Laval's city council approved the transit corporation's 2014 budget, which calls for the free rides for seniors — and also provides for a slight fare increase for everybody else.
"It was our electoral promise that if we get into power...we would allow them to take public transit free of charge," said the new chair of the STL, David de Cotis, who also sits on council as a member of the Mouvement Lavallois. "We're holding true to our electoral promise."
De Cotis expects the move will be implemented by sometime in May 2014.
Meanwhile, a strip of eight tickets will cost $20.75, up from an even $20. The reduced-fare bloc of eight rides will go up 50 cents, to $14.75.
A monthly pass will cost $86.50, up $1.50. The reduced-fare pass will got up $2 to $69.
The single ride will go up from $3 to $3.25.
The STL will also introduce a special pass for students for July and August. It'll be one pass for both months, and will means savings of about 40 per cent.