In order to make its network easier to understand, the STM has divided its bus lines into five families. In step with the approach taken by several cities, including Québec, New York, Portland and Paris, bus lines providing a similar type of service are now identified by a specific category number. Our purpose here is to help you better identify the different types of bus service –making it easier for you to choose the right bus line, according to the type of service provided, to meet your needs. The bus network is evolving
As part of the public transit service improvement program (PASTEC) implemented in 2007, a number of actions were taken within each network to enable users to reach their destination faster, enjoy shorter waiting times or travel more comfortably.
Buses providing local service are everywhere. They bring you right next to the grocery store, cleaners, florist, restaurants, movie theatre… in short, they provide access to 98% of residential areas, workplaces and learning centres, all within a walking distance of 500 metres!
It’s growing !
Take the family out and save!
With a valid fare card on hand, you can take up to five children with you for free on weekends, legal holidays and even during the winter school break! See details and conditions..
With the 10 minutes MAX network, there’s no need for a timetable. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, buses on 31 lines will pick you up in 10 minutes or less!
It’s growing !
THE RETURN TRIP FARE CARD
Always be prepared with a two-trip fare card! Load the double fare on a single card and save! Fares schedules .
10 Minutes MAX network Click here for a larger format (1.3 Mo) Identifying a 10 minutes max network bus route The symbol on the bus stop panel identifies the bus route and specifies the time frame covered by the 10 minutes max network.
For going out or going to work at night, the 23 all-night bus lines operate continuously after midnight, seven nights a week. It’s growing !
Last June, the nighttime network was upgraded, by:
Travel in style with the Unlimited Evening pass. Take public transit as often as you like between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning throughout the network*. * Except for the 747 bus
Express bus lines make fewer stops between home and office. They take you directly downtown, to a train or métro station. Some of them travel along reserved lanes for an even more efficient commute. The express network’s 31 bus lines bring together all former express, Métrobus, R-Bus and Trainbus lines under a single banner. It’s growing !
OPUS À L’ANNÉE
Subscribe to the OPUS à l’année program and your card will automatically be recharged each month!
Seeing the sights is a lot simpler with the shuttle network. These bus lines have specific destinations, adapted to the needs of tourists, and take you to major sports or cultural events happening in Montreal. Your shuttle network takes you to:
The new 747 – Aéroport P.-E.-Trudeau/Centre-ville bus line now offers travellers an economical and efficient option for travel between the Montréal airport and downtown. TIP
1-day and 3-day fare cards
Ride the public transit network as often as you like for 24 hours or for three consecutive days.
THE BUS NETWORK IN NUMBERS
The number of passenger rides taken in 2011: an increase of more than 12% since 2006. 115
For more room and greater comfort, the new articulated buses feature enough room for 115 people compared to standard buses that can carry 75 passengers. 81.1 million
The number of kilometres travelled by STM buses in 2010, equal to circling the Earth over 2000 times. 1700
The number of buses at the STM’s disposal, including 8 hybrids and 202 articulated ones. 500 km2
The area served by STM buses, or the whole island of Montréal. 213
The number of bus lines, including 160 wheelchair-accessible lines and 23 all-night lines. 119,1
The number of kilometres of reserved lanes. Now that’s fast! 10
The number of taxibus lines provided by the STM in less densely-populated areas.
THE BUS NETWORK OF TOMORROW Driven by electricity
By 2025, all new vehicles will be powered by electricity. Back to the future
With the City of Montréal leading the way, the tramway will make a comeback after more than 50 years. A 21st-century bus shelter
More than 850 new bus shelters, well-lit and well-integrated into the urban landscape, will be installed. Priority for reserved lanes
Reserved lanes will expand from 119,1 km to more than 350 km by 2020. Spotlight on Bus Priority Measures
As a way of promoting faster service, priority measures for buses will soon be implemented. Indeed, by extending a green light, buses can cross an intersection, and by adding white priority lights, buses can get a headstart over other vehicles. The number of kilometres of reserved lanes will also more than double by 2020. The air is charged
A trolleybus system will be deployed in Montréal, and new ‘midibuses’, smaller buses running silently on electricity, will prove quite useful on routes with fewer passengers and along narrow streets that would be difficult for a standard bus. Have you heard about iBus ?
Buses will soon be equipped with a system making it possible to display timetables and incidents or delays in real time, at the busiest bus stops and to send that information to our web and mobile applications. A bus garage that aims for gold
When you increase the number of buses, it becomes necessary to build new infrastructure to maintain them. The STM will be building a new bus garage in Saint-Laurent borough. The two-storey building will house 300 buses. Other installations are also being planned to eventually accommodate electric vehicles. The STM will spare no effort to ensure the building receives a LEED GOLD certification, one of the highest in the industry. To obtain it, the STM must not only reduce the project’s environmental impact to a minimum, the company must also ensure the sound management of resources. Construction will begin in June 2012, and the new Stinson bus garage will be operational in 2013.