FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND CONDITIONS

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


1. Who is eligible for the reduced student fare?
Persons eligible for the student fare1 are students registered full-time from the fall 2017 school term at an academic institution recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES) REGARDLESS OF THEIR AGE. These students can pay the current student fare1.
2. What should you do to benefit from the student fare1?

Prior to purchasing transit fare cards at the student fare1 for the fall 2017 school term, you must first obtain a photo OPUS card.

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

3. 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.

In all cases, the expiry date of your photo OPUS card is shown on the back of the card.

4. Why does the OPUS card with photo expire on October 31?
Each fall, students must provide proof of their full-time student status.
5. Which transit fares and passes are available at the student fare1 and when do they go on sale for full-time students aged 26 and over?

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 at all times.

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

6. Why is the student fare now available 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”.

Making students 26 years old or more eligible for the student fare1 became effective
September 1, 2017, or 60 days after the new Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) adopted the new metropolitan fare list, including this measure.

7. 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 under the heading "Expiration of OPUS cards".
8. I have a regular fare annual subscription, what can I do?

Fare programs OPUS à l'année and OPUS & Cie these programs are exclusively for full-fare subscriptions and/or reduced fare subscriptions for people 65 and over. If you signed up with either one of these fare programs and are a 26 year old student eligible for the student fare1, you must first end that subscription in order to take advantage of the monthly transit pass at the student fare1 or the 4-month pass at the student fare1 offered by STM. By unsubscribing, you relinquish all privileges related to your subscription.

The OPUS+ subscription:if you want to change your OPUS+ subscription to the student fare, you will need to modify your subscription in the section My OPUS+ membership on the My RTM platform. 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.