Public transit agency Société de transport de Laval (STL) has renewed its trust in GIRO’s software solutions by selecting the HASTUS integrated suite. During a recent upgrade of the HASTUS modules it currently uses to create schedules and manage operations, the STL decided to integrate new functionalities to support its ambitious goal of running a 100% electric bus fleet by 2040. This major electrification program is in line with the STL’s and governmental goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

“This upgrade is part of a broad technology-modernization program to support the STL’s electrification, which entails implementing and upgrading several critical systems, including HASTUS,” said Alexandre Savard, STL’s Program Director – Systems Modernization in Support of Electrification.  

Christine Gauvreau, Executive Director – Customer Experience at STL, adds: “HASTUS software is at the heart of the STL’s operational practices. This upgrade will improve and enhance our service planning and delivery.” 

The STL serves the diverse and growing population of Laval, Quebec’s third-largest city. The agency’s integrated public transit operations require careful planning and efficient management. GIRO, a Canadian company recognized for its global leadership and with more than 600 employees, is lending its cutting-edge expertise to help STL innovate and improve mobility in this dynamic community.   

The STL and GIRO have been working together for over 30 years to plan, schedule and operate Laval’s bus network with service quality and sustainability in mind. The STL has always been at the forefront of adopting innovative technologies to improve the passenger experience and reduce the agency’s environmental impact. Its move towards an electrically powered transportation system is a natural continuation of this commitment. 

The latest version of HASTUS software offers a complete and proven set of features for electric-bus planning and operations. The STL will now use the software’s NetPlan module to optimize the connections and timing of routes to improve the experience of public transit users.    

We are proud to contribute to the continued advancement of the STL’s innovative transportation offering, and to support their transition to sustainable mobility,” said Robert Victor, Vice President, HASTUS – North America, Asia and Australia. “With this HASTUS upgrade, we will be able to support the STL’s efforts to continuously improve reliability and safety, as well as increase resource efficiency.”     

About the STL 

The Société de transport de Laval (STL) develops and operates an integrated network of buses, school services buses, shared taxis and paratransit services that together provide nearly 14 million trips per year. The STL’s regular bus service operates 46 routes with close to 2,700 stops across more than 1,500 km in the Laval area. STL is committed to moving the Laval community forward and is among the most innovative transportation companies in North America, thanks to projects such as its Quality Commitment program, a service guarantee unique in Canada. It was also the first transit company in Canada to accept credit card payments on its buses. Relying on the expertise of its 1,100 employees, the STL is currently carrying out the largest project in its history as it prepares its transformation to a 100% electric bus fleet.

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