Many members of the student community and staff travel between the main campus and the Longueuil campus each week, coping with the increased car traffic. On the occasion of Sustainable Mobility Week, UdeS is proud to present the improvement of its intercity transport offer with Transdev Limocar, which now offers timetables and routes that better suit the reality of its students and staff, at the most competitive prices.
With this revised agreement, effective September 3rd, the university community will be able to consider a real alternative to the “solo car” for getting from one campus to another. In fact, the connection is now offered several times a day, making it possible to get there in time for the start of classes or the start of the work day and return home in the early evening or at the end of evening classes. in Longueuil. These improved timetables complement the existing ones and the routes are marked as “UdS correspondence” in the Limocar timetables.
Times for new connections:
Main campus – Longueuil Campus
– Departure at 6:05 a.m. and arrival at 8:00 a.m.
– Departure at 8:45 a.m. and arrival at 10:40 a.m.
– Departure at 17:15 and arrival at 19:10.
Longueuil Campus – main campus
– Departure at 6:15 a.m. and arrival at 8:10 a.m.
– Departure at 10:45 a.m. and arrival at 12:40 p.m.
– Departure at 16:15 and arrival at 18:10.
– Departure at 17:45 and arrival at 19:40.
– Departure at 21:00 and arrival at 22:55.
With the addition of new connections between the main campus and the Longueuil campus at bargain prices that are more in line with the schedules of UdeS students and staff, the bus is more than ever a mode of transport for commuting to class or work. We are proud to contribute to this.
Guy Beauchesne, Regional Director of Intercity Limocar and School Transportation for Transdev Québec
The transport service is adapted to the university community mainly with timetables, but also with free WiFi access, which enables its users to study or work during the journey.
More ecological and economical transport
The agreement should also contribute to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: good news for the planet! For many years, UdeS has been actively working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to transport and to make its campuses even more sustainable.
We know that in Quebec, the transport sector is responsible for almost 45% of greenhouse gases. We are aware that Sherbrooke-Longueuil roads generate their share of greenhouse gases. That’s why we’ve worked in partnership with Transdev Limocar to develop an agreement that will improve intercity transportation services and encourage our university community to use it more.
Professor Denyse Rémillard, assistant to the rector and vice-rector for administration and sustainable development at UdeS
In addition to offering an easy and environmentally friendly method of transportation, the agreement offers significant economic benefits to the university community. Rates for intercity transport have been reduced, which benefits both students and employees of UdeS. After presenting a student card, a Sherbrooke-Longueuil ticket, originally priced at $41.71 one-way, costs $27.11, a significant saving of 35%.
It is also possible to purchase notebooks of 10 tickets, providing further economies of scale. In addition, it can be used by faculties and centers that want to offer their students certain trips for academic purposes.
UdeS employees will also receive their share of the savings. Discounts of up to 18% are provided for personal transport, discounts of up to 30% for business trips. In addition, fully paid business trips are approved by UdeS.
Other sustainable mobility initiatives
On September 14, UdeS held its 3rde The mobility fair, which every autumn offers many ideas and solutions for more sustainable travel. Part of the university’s public market, the fair has led many to rethink their modes of transportation.
Also this year, passports from the Société de transport de Sherbrooke (STS) are being distributed to Sherbrooke staff. Valid until September 30 due to the closure of some parking lots related to the assembly of the graduation ceremony. Passes can be picked up at the Center for Sustainable Mobility in room B5-007 of the multifunctional pavilion.
The Longueuil Campus will host a mobility fair on September 21.
In order to offer other alternatives to the personal car and to make car sharing more accessible, two Communauto vehicles are also available on the main campus. These vehicles are reserved exclusively for employees on their business trips on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and can be used by all Communauto subscribers outside of these time slots.
New sections of bicycle routes were also built, which will connect the Main Campus to the city network in 2019 and then to the Innovation Park in 2020 and 2021. Every year, new bicycles are added to the self-service fleet freely available to the university community on the three campuses.
Infrastructure is also available for people who opt for active transport to the campus: shelters and bike racks, showers, self-service repair terminals, etc. While bike theft unfortunately remains an increasingly common problem, the Garage 529 app is an interesting solution for recording your bike’s serial number as well as other specific information. The sticker, which can be affixed to the bike itself, is available from the Center for Sustainable Mobility and indicates that it is now registered with a community of over 400 organisations, including police services, universities as well as cycling clubs and shops.
The UdeS Center for Sustainable Mobility also collaborated on the Fête du vélo 2022. The event, which took place on Sunday 18 September in Jacques-Cartier Park, aimed to promote active transport in the Sherbrooke area.
Through these initiatives, UdeS once again emphasizes its commitment to sustainable mobility and wants to mobilize its community on issues related to the fight against climate change.