EXO (commuter trains, buses and paratransit services) have issued a communiqué to inform its customers that they will be deploying additional prevention and cleaning measures in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Exo officials state that they will be implementing the following additional cleaning measures in the coming days.
As per the communiqué, they will ensure that All EXO trains will be subject to daily cleaning of the contact surfaces (seats, grab bars, door opening buttons, toilets on board trains, handles, etc.) on weekdays .
Exo will also apply a long-lasting antimicrobial product to all of its trains in the coming days.
Exo is also currently in communication with its bus service providers in order to increase the frequency of cleaning of contact surfaces in buses used by exo services.
They are also asking for the collaboration of each user.
“Exo would like to remind you that each public transport user can contribute to preventive measures by ensuring that the hygienic instructions set out by public health authorities are respected, such as washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneeze in the crook of his arm and stay home when flu symptoms appear.
Our teams are closely monitoring the development of the situation and stand ready to implement any measure deemed appropriate by the public health authorities. However, the public health department has reaffirmed that the risk of contracting COVID-19 disease remains very low in public transport.”
Since June 1, 2017, exo has operated regular public transit bus and paratransit services for the north and south shores, as well as the train network in the metropolitan region of Montreal. The exo network includes 6 train lines, 237 bus lines and 60 taxi lines. The second largest public transportation operator in Greater Montreal, exo provided more than 45 million trips in 2018, including nearly 700,000 in adapted transportation.
Exo, officially known as Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM; English: Metropolitan Transportation Network), is a public transit system in Greater Montreal, including the Island of Montreal, Laval (Île Jésus), and communities along both the North Shore of the Mille Îles River and the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River. It was created on June 1, 2017, taking over from the Agence métropolitaine de transport. The RTM operates Montreal's commuter rail and metropolitan bus services, and is the second busiest such system in Canada after Toronto's GO Transit. In May 2018, the erstwhile Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) rechristened itself as Exo.
Exo's territory is concurrent with Montreal Metropolitan Community limits, with the addition of the Kahnawake First Nations reserve and the city of Saint-Jérôme.
It serves a population of approximately 4.1 million people who make more than 750,000 trips daily in the 4,258.97 km2 (1,644.40 sq mi) area radiating from Montreal.
Exo's mandate includes the operation of Montreal's commuter rail service, which links the downtown core with communities as far west as Hudson, as far east as Mont-Saint-Hilaire, and as far north as Saint-Jérôme and commuter buses formerly operated by local operators.