Telecommuters who want to continue the discussion in front of the office coffee machine are better off choosing Monday and Friday to have a chance of getting a seat on the subway.
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If some find that their subway is a bit busier than it was before the holidays, they are not mistaken.
Currently, the Montreal subway’s ridership is 72% of pre-pandemic levels.
This is an increase of 3% compared to the end of autumn 2022, explained Philippe Déry, spokesman for the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
However, some days are more popular than others for travel.
According to the transport company, more workers come to the metropolis on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“We find that the resumption of traffic is greater on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (73% vs. pre-COVID) than on Mondays and Fridays (69% vs. pre-COVID),” explained Mr. Déry.
The spokesman claims that subway users can find a seat in the car even during rush hour.
“Traditionally, the front and rear cars are less busy and there can be more space in the middle of the cars while customers tend to stay closer to the doors,” he said.
Mr. Déry also assured that STM had not made any changes to its range of services. The trains continue to consist of nine cars.