Students older than 25 eligible for cheaper OPUS card this fall
Policy goes into effect Sept. 1, reduced rate also applies to Laval, Longueuil
Starting this fall, full-time students of any age in the Montreal area will be eligible for a reduced rate on their monthly public transit pass.
Student groups have been calling on the province to lift age limits on student rates for years. The cheaper pass is currently only available to students aged 25 and under.
The new policy goes into effect Sept. 1.
The new rates are as follows:
- In Montreal (STM): $49.75 instead of $83.
- For Laval (STL) and Longueuil (RTL) : $108 instead of $135.
The reduced rates will also apply to the Conseil régional de transport de Lanaudière (CRTL) and the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM).
The change was made following amendments last year to Bill 76, passed last year at the National Assembly.
The reduced rates are expected to cost the province $3.4 million, according to the regional transit authority, the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain.