MONTREAL - Good news for those who leave their cars in the South Shore to commute to Montreal: 500 parking spaces have been added at the park-and-ride at the Candiac train station and an extra 30 minutes will be added to both rush hours to allow buses to zoom down dedicated lanes from and to the city.

And bus and train service could still be further expanded.

Metropolitan Transit Agency (AMT) boss Joel Gauthier announced Sunday that ridership is up 20 percent since the Mercier bridge issues rerouted traffic jams to the Champlain and Jacques Cartier bridges. There remains a plenty of room on the train, which zips into Angrignon in a 40 minute ride. On Wednesday six new departures were launched on the Candiac line.

Meanwhile a new committee has been appointed to improve traffic hell headed to and from the South Shore.

The committee, which will meet weekly, is made up of three Quebec ministers, municipal officials and representatives of the AMT.

Pierre Moreau, MNA for Chateauguay, said the new group's aim is to keep drivers affected by traffic problems well informed and to coordinate solutions to traffic issues.

Gauthier said the plan to lessen traffic is constantly evolving and alternatives are being studied.