FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND CONDITIONS

EXTENDED STUDENT FARE1 FOR ADMISSIBLE STUDENTS AGED 26 AND OVER IN THE METROPOLITAN REGION


1. What does this announcement entail?
This announcement concerns full-time students aged 26 and over who study in an establishment recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES). As of September 1, 2017 those students of 26 and over registered full-time for the fall semester 2017 and/or the following semesters will be eligible to purchase fares at the available student fare, or at the same fares currently available for students 25 and under. This initiative is offered by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) in collaboration with the following transit agencies: RTL, RTM, STL and STM.
2. Who is eligible for the reduced student fare?
  • Until August 31, 2017, users eligible for the student fare are students who are registered full-time in an educational institution recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES) AND who are under 26 years old on October 31 of the current school year.
  • As of September 1, 2017, all full-time students registered for the fall semester 2017 and/or the following semesters in an institution recognized by the MEES, regardless of their age, will be able to travel at the applicable reduced student fare.
3. What should you do to benefit from the student fare?1?

In order to buy passes at the student fare1, you will first need to obtain an OPUS card with photo. For students aged 26 and over, this card will only be available as of August 1, 2017.

Visit your transit agency website to find out the locations and conditions for obtaining your OPUS card with photo:

4. When can you start using your new OPUS card with photo?
You can obtain your OPUS card with photo as of August 1, 2017, but the student fare will only be available to you as of September 1, 2017. If you obtain your OPUS card with photo before September 1, you will be able to travel by purchasing regular fares.
5. What is the validity period of the OPUS card with photo?

Your OPUS card with photo is renewable every year on October 31, except for children aged 14 and under, whose OPUS card with photo is valid for 2 years. The renewal period extends from August 1 to October 31.

Example for a student aged 15 and over (OPUS card with photo expires every year):

An OPUS card with photo issued before August 1, 2017 will expire on October 31, 2017.

An OPUS card with photo issued as of August 1, 2017 will expire on October 31, 2018.

You will find the expiry date of your OPUS card with photo at the back of your card.

6. Why does the OPUS card with photo expire on October 31?
At the beginning of every academic year, students have to provide proof their full-time student status.
7. Which transit fares and passes are available at the student fare1 and when can you buy them?

You can purchase your monthly pass as of the 20th day of the previous month. The unit passes and ticket booklets, when available in the fare list of your transit agency, can be purchased as of September 1.

Visit the website of your transit agency by using the links below to find out the student fares1:

8. Why is the student fare1 only available as of September 1 for students aged 26 and over?

This new regulation is part of the implementation of Bill 76, adopted by the Quebec National Assembly, “An Act to modify mainly the organization and governance of shared transportation in the Montréal metropolitan area”.

The new Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) needed to approve the proposed fare list - including the extended student fare for admissible students of 26 and over - 60 days before it becomes effective.

The new fare list was adopted on June 29, 2017. It will become effective from September 1, 2017.

9. What should I do with my regular fare OPUS card?
You can continue using your card until the fares run out or the card expires. To know the expiry date of your card, please visit carteopus.info.
10. I have a regular fare annual subscription, what can I do?

The OPUS à l'année and OPUS & Cie subscriptions: these subscriptions are only available at the ordinary fare and at a reduced fare for 65 years and older users. If you want to benefit from the student fare1 for a monthly pass or a 4-month pass, you will need to unsubscribe from OPUS à l’année or OPUS & Cie by August 10, 2017 at the latest. When you unsubscribe, you will lose all the advantages related to the subscription.

The OPUS+ subscription:if you want to change your OPUS+ subscription to the student fare - starting on September 1 - you will need to modify your subscription in the section My OPUS+ membership on the My RTM platform by August 10, 2017 at the latest. A fare change may affect the advantages that were associated with your regular fare membership, if applicable.

The OPUS+ entreprise subscription: this subscription is only available at the regular fare. If you want to benefit from the student fares1, you will need to cancel your OPUS+ entreprise membership and then subscribe to the OPUS+ subscription. If you want to unsubscribe, you will first need to contact the RTM Customer Service, and then subscribe to the OPUS+ accessible from your My RTM account. Keep in mind that when you unsubscribe, you will lose all the advantages related to the subscription.





1 « Student fare » refers to fare reduction, offered by transit service providers to eligible full-time students, sometimes called reduced fare or student fare, depending on transit company.