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Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2008 | 03:42 PM AT
Step up ladies and gentlemen. Here's your ticket to getting around the province for very little money (or if you're a driver, for getting your gas bill subsidized)
Founded in 1983, Allo Stop has been a Montreal institution for 25 years. It's basically a match-making service between drivers and passengers. So if you're driving within the province of Quebec (and we're talking longer haul trips here-- like Montreal-Sherbrooke or Quebec city-Saguenay), you might want to consider riding with Allostop. Which is to say, it's not the same concept as Communauto or a daily carpool.
So how does Allo Stop work?
2. Once you're a member, you can make a reservation: This can be done in person, over the phone or online. There's no advance notice required (but again, there's no fixed schedule, so you have to trust that one of the 60,000 Allo Stop members has a car that's about to leave for where you want to go). Passengers are given a description and license plate number for the car that will be their ride; drivers are provided with the names of the folks they're supposed to collect.
3. Pick-ups and drop offs: All pick-up and drop-off points are centrally located or near a metro station. So it's easy to get around for those who don't have wheels.
So about those much-touted prices:
And if you're wondering how Allo Stop makes money, here's the breakdown.
And in case you were wondering how Allo Stop prices compare with weekend rates of regular car companies, I got a couple of quick quotes for weekend fares:
WEEKEND RENTAL RATES
(That last bit is probably painfully familiar to drivers between the ages of 21 and 24: you have to pay extra because the insurance companies consider you a bigger risk)
By the way, Allo Stop used to run trips between Quebec and Ontario, but had to stop doing so in 2001 because of pressure from bus companies. You can find out more here.
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