Bus priority measures (BPM)

Bus priority measures

Bus priority measures, or BPMs, are installations on the road network that ensure priority is given to buses.

They help:

  • Avoid congestion
  • Provide faster, more regular and timely service
  • Reduce trip times for customers by around 10%
  • Emit fewer GHGs

Types of BPMs

Reserved lanes

Reserved lanes allow buses and sometimes taxis, bikes and carpoolers to operate in an exclusive lane.

Reserved lanes are identified by ground markings and lane-side or overhead signage. They are open during peak periods, off-peak periods or all day every day.

Our network of reserved lanes

2019

As of October 21, a new reserved lanes for buses and taxis is in service on Gouin Boulevard between De Beauséjour and Chemin du Golf and between O'Brien and De St-Castin.

Reserved lane schedule and location: 

From Monday to Friday, between De Beauséjour and Chemin du Golf, both directions, from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Reserved lane between De Beauséjour and Chemin du Golf

From Monday to Friday, between O'Brien and de St-Castin, eastbound only, from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Voie réservée entre O'Brien et St-Castin

Bus lines running in these reserved lanes:

  • 68 Pierrefonds
  • 69 Gouin
  • 468 Express Pierrefonds
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Other BPMs will be implemented in a second phase on Gouin Boulevard in 2019. Traffic light controls will be replaced with technology that can detect buses at intersections and respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses to improve trip times.

These measures will benefit approximately 30,000 daily trips.

This work is made possible through funding from the Ministère des transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l'Électrification des transports. 

For more information, visit our press room.

As of August 26, a new reserved lane for buses and taxis will be in operation on Papineau Avenue between Jean-Talon and Marie-Anne streets. In addition, bus priority measures will be provided temporarily south of Marie-Anne Street, pending completion of road works on the section between Marie-Anne and Gauthier.

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday

  • West: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • East: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Bus lines running in this reserved lane:

  • 45 Papineau
  • 445 Express Papineau

These measures will benefit approximately 15,000 daily trips, almost half of which are made during peak periods, by customers on the 45 and 455 lines.

New reserved lane on Bourbonnière for buses and taxis

The new reserved lane on Bourbonnière will improve daily trips for users of the 139 Pie-IX going north. The reserved lane will be in service only until the work on the Pie-IX BRT is finished in 2022.

  • Northbound, between Sherbrooke Street and Rosemont Boulevard.
  • In service from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., during the work on the Pie-IX BRT on Pie-IX Boulevard.

A new reserved lane is now open for buses, taxis and carpools on Côte-Vertu Boulevard between Hervé-Saint-Martin and Montée de Liesse.

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday

  • West: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • East: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Other BPMs will be implemented in a second phase on Côte-Vertu Boulevard in 2019. Traffic light controls will be replaced with technology that can detect buses at intersections and respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses to improve trip times.

These measures will benefit approximately 1,300 daily trips, including 820 mostly during peak periods, on the 174 Côte-Vertu-Ouest line.

Additional service on 174 Côte-Vertu-Ouest

Since January 2019, the 174 has offered departure times that correspond with the beginning and end work shifts on Côte-Vertu Ouest Boulevard. View the full schedule for the 174.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

 

 

2018

A new reserved lane is now open for buses, taxis and bikes on Thimens Boulevard between Alexis-Nihon and Henri-Bourassa Ouest (westbound) and between Cousens and Alexis-Nihon (eastbound).

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday

  • West: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • East: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Bus lines running in the new reserved lane:

  • 128 Ville-Saint-Laurent
  • 171 Henri-Bourassa
  • 177 Thimens
  • 213 Parc-Industriel-Saint-Laurent
  • 225 Hymus

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Other BPMs will be implemented in a second phase on Thimens Boulevard in 2018, with the addition of priority traffic lights (white candlestick lights) for buses, which will operate during off-peak periods. Buses will be given priority when crossing intersections where these signals are installed. A second phase of work will see these traffic lights upgraded with smart technology to respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses to improve trip times.

These measures will benefit approximately 21,000 daily trips, including 8,000 made mostly during peak periods on the five bus lines using the reserved lane.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

A new reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools is now in service on Sherbrooke Street between Haig and Parthenais.

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday between Haig and Parthenais

  • West: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • East: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Most sections of this new reserved lane will be open to carpools (two or more people).

Bus lines running in the new reserved lane:

  • 24 Sherbrooke
  • 185 Sherbrooke
  • 432 Express Lacordaire

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Other BPMs will also be implemented on Sherbrooke Street in 2018, with the addition of priority traffic lights (white candlestick lights) for buses, which will operate during off-peak periods. Buses will be given priority when crossing intersections where these signals are installed. A second phase of work will see these traffic lights upgraded with smart technology to respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses to improve trip times.

 

These measures will benefit approximately 29,600 daily trips, including 9,000 made mostly during peak periods, on the three bus lines using the reserved lane.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

New reserved lanes on Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard

New reserved lanes for buses, taxis and bikes are now in service during peak periods on Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard.

Hours of operation:

Monday to Friday

West:

  • 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.: between 87e Avenue and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Boulevard
  • 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.: between 56e Avenue and Langelier Boulevard

East:

  • 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.: between Langelier Boulevard and Rivière-des-Prairies Boulevard

Bus lines running in the new reserved lanes:

  • 49 Maurice-Duplessis
  • 48 Perras
  • 43 Monselet
  • 69 Gouin
  • 81 Saint-Jean-Baptiste (new line starting August 27)
  • 86 Pointe-aux-Trembles
  • 183 Gouin
  • 444 Express Cégep Marie-Victorin
  • 448 Express Maurice-Duplessis
  • 449 Express Rivière-des-Prairies
  • 428 Express Parcs industriels de l'Est
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PRIORITY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Other BPMs will also be implemented in a second phase on Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard in 2018, with the addition of priority traffic lights (white candlestick lights) for buses, between Désy Avenue and Rivière-des-Prairies Boulevard, which will operate during off-peak periods. Buses will be given priority when crossing intersections where these signals are installed.

More space for bikes:

The Maurice-Duplessis reserved lane is the third reserved bus/bike lane in Montréal. Reserved lanes give additional space to cyclists. Sharing the road is thus easier, safer and more collaborative.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

Bus priority measures on Notre-Dame Est corridor

New reserved lanes for buses and taxis are now in service on the Notre-Dame Est corridor, from Monday to Friday.

  • Notre-Dame Est reserved lane: 6:30 to 9:00 a.m., westbound between  Georges-V and Beaurivage
  • René-Lévesque reserved lane: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., westbound, and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., westbound between Papineau and Berri 

Bus lines running in the new reserved lanes:

  • 22 Notre-Dame
  • 150 René-Lévesque
  • 410 Express Notre-Dame
  • 430 Express Pointe-aux-Trembles

Monday to friday: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. around René-Lévesque. Also 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. between Beaurivage and Georges-V on Notre-Dame Est.

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Since 2017, priority traffic lights have gradually been installed on the Notre-Dame Est corridor and others will be over the coming months to complete all bus priority measures. These BPMs will benefit approximately 10,000 daily trips.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

 

2017

Reserved lane for buses and taxis on Boulevard des Galeries-d'Anjou

A new reserved lane for buses and taxes is now in service during peak periods on Boulevard des Galeries-d'Anjou, Monday to Friday. 

Hours of operation:

  • 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

South:
- between Jean-Talon and Bélanger
- between saint-Zotique and Beaubien

  • 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

North:
- between Saint-Zotique and Jean-Talon

  Bus lines running in the new reserved lane:

  • 44 Armand-Bombardier
  • 95 Bélanger
  • 460 Express Métropolitaine

These measures will benefit about 22,000 daily trips during peak periods on the buses using the new reserved lane.

New priority traffic lights were installed between Jarry and Beaubien streets to complete all bus priority measures along this road.   

The infrastructure work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

Reserved lane on four sections of Wellington Street, between Rhéaume and Ann.

A new reserved lane is now open for buses, taxis and bikes during peak periods on Wellington Street, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation:

  • 6:30 to 9:00 a.m.

East:

- between Rhéaume and Gilberte-Dubé streets / bus/taxi reserved lane

- between Fortune and De la Sucrerie / bus/taxi/bike reserved lane

- between Peel and Ann streets / bus-taxi reserved lane

  • 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    East:

- between Rhéaume and Gilberte-Dubé streets / bus/taxi reserved lane.

West:

- from De la Sucrerie to Charron / bus/taxi/bike reserved lane

- from the Highway 15 overpass to Gilberte-Dubé Street / bus/taxi/bike reserved lane

  Bus lines running in the new reserved lanes:

  • 21 Place-du-Commerce
  • 57 Pointe-Saint-Charles
  • 61 Wellington,
  • 71 Du Centre
  • 74 Bridge
  • 715 Vieux-Port

These measures will benefit approximately 1,700 trips during peak periods on these bus lines.

Number two! 

This is the second shared reserved lane for buses and bikes in Montréal. 

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New priority traffic lights will gradually be deployed between Woodland and Nazareth streets to complete the bus priority measures program along that corridor. In a second phase of work, these traffic lights will be upgraded with smart technology to respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses. This will improve trip times for nearly 11,000 passenger rides per day.

The infrastructure work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

Two new reserved lanes for buses and taxis on Henri-Bourassa Boulevard are benefiting approximately 4,000 trips during peak periods, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation:

6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • West: from Place Vermandère to Douglas-B.-Floreani
  • East: from Douglas‐B.‐Floreani to Place Vermandère, except for the short stretch from de Miniac and Brabant‐Marineau

3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • West only: from Place Vermandère to Douglas‐B.‐Floreani

  Bus lines running in the new reserved lane:

  • 164 Dudemaine
  • 177 Thimens
  • 215 Henri-Bourassa
  • 225 Hymus
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Bus priority lights will be installed in a second phase of work to complete all bus priority measures along this corridor.

The infrastructure work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministère des transports de la mobilité durable et de l’électrification des transports.

For more information, visit our press room.

2016

A brand-new waiting area is now available for users of lines 439 Express Pie-IX and 139 Pie-lX southbound. Located at the intersection of Pie-lX Boulevard and D’Amos Street, this is the very first waiting area in operation under the Pie-lX BRT project.

Important: the bus stop located on Pie-lX Boulevard and D’Amos Street is being moved to the AMOS station, and the bus stops located on Arthur-Champoux and Martial streets have been adjusted according to the new southbound reserved lane between Henri-Bourassa and Charleroi.

Advantages of the AMOS station

  • Time saved thanks to the reserved lane
  • Safe access
  • Spacious and comfortable weather-protected shelter
  • Transit fare dispensers
  • Validation of fares on OPUS cards or L’Occasionnelle card before boarding
  • Boarding buses via all doors

Learn more about the integrated bus rapid transit project on Pie-IX Boulevard here:

https://rtm.quebec/en/news/projects/pie-ix-bus-rapid-transit

Between De Jumonville and Renoir

Buses operating on five lines now run in a reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

South:

6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • between Amos and Charleroi; Grandes-Prairies and Galets; Paimpol and Jean-Talon; Saint-Zotique and Jumonville
  • Overall length: 4.25 km

North:

3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • between Jean-Talon and Paimpol; Galets and Grandes-Prairies; Charleroi and Renoir.
  • Overall length: 2.9 km

Total overall length of reserved lane: 7.15 km

Bus lines running in this new reserved lane:

Main bus lines:  32 Lacordaire and 432 Express Lacordaire

Bus lines operating on portions of reserved lane:  33 Langelier, 69 Gouin and 439 Express Pie-IX

Cars with two or more passengers can also use the reserved lane.

This reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools is made possible with the collaboration of the City of Montréal, the boroughs of Montréal-Nord, Saint-Léonard and Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie and Transports Québec.

For more information, visit our press room.

Between Rosemont Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street

Lines 139 and 439 now run in a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

South: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This section of reserved lane is in operation because of the work on the Pie-IX/ Sherbrooke intersection and the integrated bus rapid transit (BRT) project on Pie-IX Boulevard.

To learn more about the Pie-IX BRT project, go to srbpieix.ca

2015

Between De Normanville Street and Pie-IX Boulevard

The 18 Beaubien line now runs in a reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

West:

  • between 20e Avenue and 1ere Avenue, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • between De Lorimier Avenue and Fabre Street, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

East: 

  • between De Normanville Street and De Lorimier Avenue, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • between 1ere Avenue and Pie-IX Boulevard, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Note: This is an extension of the reserved lane with priority traffic lights initially deployed on Beaubien Street in 2009.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis was made possible in cooperation with the City of Montréal and Transport Québec (MTQ).

For more information, visit our press room.

Between Gouin Boulevard and Saint-Louis Avenue

Lines 208 Brunswick, 209 Des Sources, 409 Express Des Sources and 475 Express Dollard-des-Ormeaux now run in a new reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation:

South:

6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • between Gouin and De Salaberry boulevards
  • between Hymus Boulevard and Saint-Louis Avenue

North:

3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • between Reverchon Avenue and Hymus Boulevard
  • between De Salaberry and De Pierrefonds boulevards 

Cars with two or more occupants can use the reserved lane.

Parking on Des Sources is prohibited at all times.

This reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools is made possible with the cooperation of the City of Montréal, the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, the City of Pointe Claire and Transports Québec.

For more information, visit our press room

New reserved lane between Victor-Doré and De Beauharnois streets

Lines 179 de l’Acadie and 180 de Salaberry are now running in a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

South:

  • between Victor-Doré and Lavigerie, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • between Caroline-Béique and Beauharnois, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

North:

  • between Legendre and Louvain, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • between Port-Royal and Place de l’Acadie, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
 

Vehicles:

Vehicle traffic and parking will be prohibited once the reserved lane is operational.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is made possible with the cooperation of the City of Montréal and Transports Québec.

For more information, visit our press room

2014

Lines 64 Grenet and 468 Express Pierrefonds/Gouin are now running in a  reserved lane for buses and taxis on Grenet, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

  • South: between De Mésy and Deguire, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • North: between Deguire and De Serres, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On-street parking is permitted on the side opposite the reserved lane during service hours.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is a joint initiative of the City of Montréal and Transports Québec.

Two new reserved lane sections are now in service for buses and taxis:

  • between De Viterbe and Saint-Zotique
  • between Rosemont and Pierre-De Coubertin

South: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

North: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m

Vehicle traffic and parking are not permitted in the reserved lanes during service hours

PILOT PROJECT: bus/bike/taxi reserved lane between Rosemont and Pierre-De Coubertin

Montréal is well known for its citizens’ interest in alternative methods of transportation, including buses and bikes. This pilot project allows these two modes of transportation to share the road.

The Viau reserved lane offers several benefits:

  • Trips that are more efficient
  • Service that is more regular and more punctual
  • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions in your sector
  • A safe and comfortable configuration for buses and bikes

It’s a first!

This is the first shared reserved lane for buses and bikes in Montréal. We will assess the results, and this type of reserved lane could be implemented elsewhere in the city.

Lines 105 Sherbroke and 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce are now running a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

  • East: between Elmhurst and Girouard, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • West: between Addington and West Broadway, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On-street parking is permitted on the side opposite the reserved lane during service hours.

This reserved lanefor buses and taxis is a joint initiative of the City of Montréal and Transports Québec.

 
 

Bus rapid transit

Two BRT projects underway:

Integrated Pie-IX BRT

Sauvé/Côte-Vertu BRT

 

BRT service runs in a lane reserved for bus traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers a service frequency comparable to that of the métro during peak periods. These are, in a way, super reserved lanes!

Candlestick and real-time traffic signals

Candlestick lights give buses priority and a 4- to 5-second head start over motorists. We have 400 of these lights across our network.

The following candlestick variations allow buses to go straight, turn left, turn right, or have priority to perform a required manoeuvre.

Real-time traffic lights are installed along certain corridors. Buses send a signal to the traffic light as they approach an intersection. Either the green light or the candlestick light is extended, allowing the bus to drive through and avoid stopping at a red light.

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