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Montreal public transit users can use their smartphones to board the subway and bus

Montreal public transit users can use their smartphones to board the subway and bus
Montreal public transit users can use their smartphones to board the subway and bus

Montreal public transit riders will be able to use their smartphones to board the bus and subway next year, the regional transit authority said Thursday.

The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) said the new functionality would be gradually available from summer 2025 as part of its plan to digitise OPUS cards. Currently, users can only tap a physical card at the turnstiles to use the fares they have purchased.

A tender is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

The ability to pay directly with a bank card will not be possible next summer. Users will have to wait until 2026 for that payment option.

That feature is already possible in Laval as part of a pilot project, however. ARTM said Thursday it is expanding the pilot to certain Exo lines on Montreal’s North Shore. More specific details are expected in the fall of 2024.

The new features come from ARTM’s Concerto team, which is responsible for the $140 million modernization of the OPUS system. Last April, the transit authority rolled out an update that allows users to purchase fares and load them onto physical OPUS cards using their smartphones.

Since the announcement, nearly 500,000 transactions have been completed on mobile devices.

Public transport fares to increase from 1 July

ARTM announced the new features in a press release on Thursday, reminding users that public transportation fares will increase starting July 1.

Rates will increase by an average of 3 percent under a new rate structure announced last April.

Below is a summary of the changes:


Monthly subscriptions:

  • Zone A (Montreal Island): $100, up from $97
  • Zone AB (Montreal to Laval or Longueuil): $160, up from $155
  • Zone ABC (Montreal to North and South Shores): $196, up from $190
  • Zone ABCD (including areas outside the ARTM area): $271, up from $263


One way:

A single bus or metro pass for the island of Montreal will remain the same price, at $3.75. However, the 10-ticket package will increase by 75 cents to $33.25.

A single ticket for travel in Zone AB, ABC and ABCD will increase by 25 cents to $4.75, $7 and $9.50 respectively.

Reduced-rate monthly passes are also going up. Starting July 1, Zone A will cost $60, Zone AB $96, Zone ABC $118 and Zone ABCD $163.


With files from CTV Montreal’s Amy Luft