1864 à 1969

  • 1864

    A group of residents works to bring a horse-drawn omnibus service to Quebec City.

  • 1897

    The first electric streetcars, operated by Quebec Railway Light & Power Co., hit the streets of Quebec City.

  • 1938

    The first buses enter into service in the region.

  • 1948

    Electric streetcars are abandoned.

  • 1969

    The Act creating the Commission de transport de la Communauté urbaine de Québec (CTCUQ) is adopted.

1970 à 1979

  • 1975

    The first reserved bus lanes are created.

    An action plan for the development of bus services is rolled out.

  • 1976

    The first limited-stop bus routes are established.

    The first bus shelters are installed.

  • 1977

    The monthly pass is introduced.

    The first eXpress routes are established.

    The Act respecting the CTCUQ is amended to create a new board of directors composed of elected municipal officials.

  • 1979

    A new operations center opens at 720 rue des Rocailles (still the main operations center today).

1980 à 1989

  • 1980

    The first Parc-O-Bus is installed at Place Lebourgneuf.

    A network of RTC pass points of sale is implemented.

  • 1984

    The first comprehensive network guide is published.

  • 1986

    The operations center opens its expanded facilities.

    A pilot project for a share taxi service is launched.

    The first two off-street terminals are constructed in Beauport and Charlesbourg.

    Rapibus service is added, providing fast, direct service between terminals.

    Existing reserved lanes are expanded.

    An agreement with Médiacom results in 200 new bus shelters.

1990 à 1999

  • 1991

    A public debate is held on the financing and revitalization of public transit in the Quebec City area.

    A 3-year action plan to accomplish the new objectives is rolled out.

  • 1992

    A turning point in the history of the CTCUQ and public transit in general: the service undergoes a major overhaul with implementation of the August 17, 1992 revitalization plan.

    Métrobus is rolled out.

    30 km of reserved lanes are added.

    The eXpress network doubles.

    Parc-O-Buses are added.

    The basic network is restructured.

    An on-demand service for the elderly is launched.

    Late-night service is added.

    Shuttle service in the Old Port sector is added.

    An ombudsperson position is created. .

  • 1993

    Métrobus lines are extended.

    5 new eXpress routes are added.

    The automated bus schedule information system (SARHA) is implemented.

  • 1994

    CTCUQ becomes STCUQ (Société de transport de la Communauté urbaine de Québec.

  • 1995

    A reserved lane for buses and carpoolers is installed on Autoroute Dufferin-Montmorency.

  • 1996

    Reserved lanes are established permanently.

    A bus station is constructed at Université Laval.

    Networks and rates are standardized for public transportation services between the north and south shores (Interrives).

  • 1997

    A large bus station is constructed on Parliament Hill.

  • 1998

    The student pass with photo is introduced.

2000 à 2009

  • 2000

    A natural gas–fueled bus (Écolobus) trial program is launched in Old Quebec.

  • 2001

    STCUQ launches its first website.

    In the spring, STCUQ becomes Réseau de transport de la Capitale and unveils its new logo and branding.

    Several organizations sign up for L’abonne BUS, a public transit subscription program.

    The “yellow to blue” educational program is rolled out to raise awareness among first-year secondary school students of the importance of safety in city buses.

    An agreement is reached with Commission scolaire de la Capitale and Centre de formation professionnelle Wilbrod-Bhérer to offer a work/study training program in heavy vehicle repair specializing in buses and coaches.

    A joint call for tenders is issued with STM to purchase a “smart card” electronic fare sale and collection system to be known as “OPUS.”

  • 2003

    An opportunity and feasibility study on implementing a light rail system for the capital area is filed.

    Autocar Québec (Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures) rates are integrated with RTC.

    The Metropolitan pass—valid on the north and south shores—is introduced in October.

  • 2004

    Quebec City celebrates the first “In town, without my car” day, in partnership with RTC and other sponsors.

    RTC and Communauto join forces to allow Communauto members to subscribe to L’abonne BUS.

  • 2005

    RTC improves its ability to keep users informed by displaying route schedule posters and bus stop maps at terminals and major transfer points.

  • 2006

    The Quebec government awards RTC $47 million to construct a new articulated bus maintenance and repair center.

    The new website is launched and includes a bus schedule and interactive map.

    RTC, Communauto, and Société de transport de Lévis launch the DUO car + bus program.

  • 2007

    RTC purchases space in the Armand-Viau industrial park for the future Métrobus service center, which will house 62 articulated buses.

    Canada’s first electric minibus pilot project is conducted in the historic district of Quebec City in February.

    A new reserved lane is put into operation on the southbound access road of Autoroute Robert-Bourassa toward Sainte-Foy.

    More than 2,000 Université Laval students become eligible for a semester bus pass (LPT) thanks to an agreement with Confédération des associations d’étudiants et d'étudiantes de l’Université Laval (CADEUL).

  • 2008

    The Industrial Alliance shuttle service (Route 400) is established along Promenade Samuel-De Champlain.

    An eco-friendly electric minibus route opens in Old Quebec.

    A new slogan is unveiled: “Des solutions qui nous transportent.”

    New trademarks are adopted to differentiate the various services offered (Bus/Métrobus/eXpress/Écolobus).

    RTC is a key partner of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary, providing service during major events.

    A new Métrobus route (802, replacing former Route 12) is established.

    L’abonne BUS Student (formerly LPT) is offered to students at Cégep de Sainte-Foy and Collège François-Xavier-Garneau.

    Two all-weather stations (Fleur-de-Lys stations) open on Route 802.

    The Trajecto trip planner goes live.

    RTC purchases its first articulated buses, which are used on Métrobus routes 800 and 801.

    An Escouade du 400e bus decked out for the 400th anniversary and featuring the slogan “La fête nous transporte” makes many appearances, serving as a mobile information center.

  • 2009

    Métrobus Center opens its doors in December 2009. The building is constructed according to strict LEED standards for energy efficiency and green building practices. It is outfitted with the latest high-tech equipment to optimize bus management.

    Seniors and students can use OPUS cards to pay their fare.

    A customer information center opens at a strategic location in downtown Quebec City.

    RTC participates in the expert panel appointed by the City of Quebec to develop guidelines for the development of more efficient modes of transportation and urbanization with a view to reaching sustainable development goals by 2020.

2010 à 2017

  • 2010

    As of July 5, public transit users are able to save virtual bus tickets to their OPUS cards.

    Tickets begin to be sold on smart cards exclusively.

    The first diesel-electric hybrid bus is put into service in July.

  • 2011

    RTC routes are made available in Google Maps.

    A new all-weather station opens at Place Sainte-Foy.

    New fares are added: 2-day, 7-day, ÉtéBus, and Group passes (valid for 10 children age 6–11 accompanied by an adult).

    Métrobus lines 800 and 801 become wheelchair accessible.

    Métrobus 803 comes online, connecting the Les Saules and Beauport terminals. This new, 15-km line is equipped with a 7-km reserved lane in both directions along Boulevard Lebourgneuf.

    A new terminal is added at Galeries de la Capitale, including an all-weather station (with a digital display and free Wi-Fi).

    RTC establishes a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

    Metropolitan paratransit service (STAC) is rolled out, making it possible for STAC users to travel to any territory within Communauté métropolitaine de Québec (CMQ).

    A new line of mobile rider information tools is rolled out under the RTCnomade brand name.

    Quebec City’s Sustainable Mobility Plan is filed. RTC is mandated to carry out a feasibility study for the tramway project.

  • 2012

    The feasibility study for a Quebec City tramway begins.

    RTC signs an agreement with STM, allowing some riders to use STM’s services for free.

    Articulated buses are added on the Métrobus 802 route.

    Métrobus Center is expanded to accommodate 127 articulated vehicles.

    RTC adopts a universal accessibility policy.

    All users can now purchase L’abonne BUS Perso plans, which give holders a 50% discount on their 12th pass.

  • 2013

    As part of International Women’s Day on March 8, RTC marks the 25th anniversary of the first female drivers taking the wheel to serve customers.

    RTC receives LEED Silver certification for the Métrobus Center, which was built according to strict standards for sustainable development and green building practices. The center is the first bus depot in Canada to receive this certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

    New eXpress 300 and 500 buses are rolled out for workers and students in Sainte-Foy. Not only are they faster and more direct, with more convenient schedules, these routes are part of an urban infrastructure designed to promote public transit.

    Redesigned buses appear on the streets of Quebec City. They’re more comfortable, more fuel-efficient, and fully redesigned to reflect a more modern RTC.

  • 2014

    To make life easier for workers and students, fare schedule adjustments are postponed from March 1 to July 1.

    RTC launches FestiBUS, a pass offering savings of up to 50% on bus fares for those attending the Québec City Summer Festival.

    Real-time Nomade is rolled out on Métrobus lines 802 and 803. This geolocation-based system will make public transit history by significantly improving user information, service reliability, and RTC productivity.

    Métrobus line 803 becomes wheelchair accessible, which means that all high-frequency Métrobus lines are now accessible to this clientele.

    RTC introduces a sustainable development policy to affirm its commitment to tackling the environmental, social, and economic aspects intrinsic to its activities

  • 2015

    Celebrating 150 years of public transit:

    • An exhibition looking back at 150 years of history is presented in some 15 public spaces.
    • Over 3,000 people get a behind-the-scenes look at the organization as part of the Métrobus Center open house on May 24.
    • RTC takes advantage of the 150th anniversary of public transit in Quebec City to host public transit industry players from across the province at the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) conference, held October 14 to 16.

    Some 50 next-generation bus shelters are set up, mainly in locations to be equipped with Nomade information displays.

    The largest all-weather station in the network goes up on the corner of 1re Avenue and 41e Rue Ouest. A second all-weather station is built on the corner of Boulevard René-Lévesque and Rue Cartier.

    RTC signs a major 10-year commercial agreement totaling $48 million with Astral Affichage to manage bus shelter ad space and improve the user experience.

    RTC wins an architecture award in the public and institutional building category for its harmonious integration of the Foresterie and Quatre-Bourgeois all-weather stations into the built environment.

    In the summer, the 410, 430, and 450 special event lines are introduced for major events.

    In September, RTC begins using its special event lines to provide efficient transit service to the Videotron Centre.

    RTC acquires four lots slated for the development of transit hubs and a large-scale regional Parc-O-Bus in the coming years.

    31 new-generation hybrid air-conditioned buses are added to the fleet to improve user comfort.

    In May, RTC launches a campaign to allow its users to download free tickets directly to their mobile phones—the first initiative of its kind in Canada.

    Two new service counters are introduced: one at Université Laval and another at Cégep Garneau.

    RTC creates the 5-day and Unlimited weekend passes, enhances the Family privilege program and L’abonne BUS discount, and officially launches the FestiBUS after a one-year pilot project.

  • 2016

    Real-time Nomade is rolled out on all routes, giving users access to real-time network information via a variety of tools: mobile app/site, website, information displays, screens, and text messages.

    Traffic light preemption systems are phased into Métrobus lines, starting with the 803, then the 800 and 801.

    The first hybrid and air-conditioned articulated buses roll out in August.

    Two new Métrobus lines: the first phase of the 804 and 807 lines begins with the introduction of articulated buses. Meanwhile, studies are launched on developing infrastructure and preferential measures specific to Métrobus lines.

    The 19 line is created, linking Quebec City’s Upper and Lower Town. The first-ever route along Côte Sherbrooke is introduced.

    RTC announces a project to build major regional Parc-O-Bus stations to serve the Charlesbourg, Beauport, and Cap-Rouge sectors. Each will have several hundred parking spaces and be equipped with electric vehicle charging stations and bike racks.

    The final classic model bus is removed from circulation in March, marking a new chapter in the organization’s history.

    A contract is signed with the Dutch company Van Hool to purchase 32 hybrid minibuses (A330-model). These 30 foot minibuses (standard models are 40 feet long) will serve the downtown core and can accommodate about 20 passengers.

  • 2017

    As part of a pilot project, touch screens are installed at six public locations so users can stay informed about RTC services. Static screens are also added to bus shelters for the first time.

    RTC presents its plans for the future network during public consultations held in all neighborhoods of the city. At the Global Public Transport Summit, public transportation experts from Canada, the United States, and Europe present future mobility solutions for Quebec City residents.

    Two new bus lines are created in Beauport: the 51 and the 253.

    The 11 and 21 lines are merged.