Integrated Pie-IX BRT Project
- Project summary
- Work underway in Montréal
- Work underway in Laval
- Notices to residents
- FAQ, consultations and information evenings
The Pie-IX bus rapid transit (BRT) project is a high-performance public transit service that is integrated into the reconstruction and upgrade of Pie-IX Boulevard, between the eastern areas of Laval and Montréal.
- Construction begins: November 2018
- Service commissioning: Fall 2022
The project will be completed in four phases. Phase 1 is currently underway.
The Pie-IX BRT will have 17 BRT bus stops (15 in Montréal and two in Laval), spread out over 11 kilometres of Pie-IX Boulevard between Saint-Martin Boulevard in Laval and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue in Montréal. Expected to be up and running in 2022, it will serve more than 70,000 customers a day. View the map of the futur Pie-IX BRT.
The Pie-IX BRT project has three components:
Comfortable, accessible and safe
- Spacious and comfortable bus shelters
- Electronic displays showing upcoming bus departures in real time
- Safe pedestrian access
- Boarding for wheelchair users
- Tactile paving
- Strips marked on the ground
- Pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown
Rapid and reliable
- Frequency comparable to that of the métro during peak periods
- Lanes reserved exclusively for buses
- Fare purchase and validation in station
- Rapid boarding through all bus doors
Did you know?
The Pie-IX BRT will offer a frequency comparable to that of the métro during peak periods.
The City of Montréal will use the BRT project to upgrade its water and sewer networks, which are currently at the end of their useful lives. The City will reconstruct the foundation, road, sidewalks and grass medians of Pie-IX Boulevard between Henri-Bourassa Boulevard and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue.
The project will improve residents’ surroundings by planting several hundred trees, widening sidewalks, refurbishing the road, medians and lighting, and installing new traffic lights. The improvements will create a multifunctional environment where public transit will be an important part of residents’ travel habits.
Work underway in Montréal: Phase 1 of 4
Phase 1 of the integrated Pie-IX BRT project is currently underway on Pie-IX Boulevard between Amos Street and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue and will continue through to December 2019.
Traffic is maintained at all times in both directions. Two lanes are reconfigured into southbound lanes, and one lane remains open for northbound traffic.
Duration of phase 1: Until December 2019.
Nature of work: Infrastructure work, refurbishment of sidewalks, electrical conducts, installation of gas lines, drainage sumps, underground telecommunication network conduits, aqueducts, storm drains, refurbishment of road, refurbishment of central median, replacement of lighting and traffic lights.
Impact on métro service: No
Impact on bus service: Yes
Impact on vehicle traffic: Yes
Phase 1: Impact on bus traffic
Until December 2019, phase 1 of the integrated Pie-IX BRT project will require relocating several bus stops and a detour going north.
Northbound bus traffic
The following northbound bus lines will run on adjacent streets before 11:00 p.m.
* Please note that the 355 Pie-IX will still run on Pie-IX Boulevard after 11:00 p.m.
Southbound buses will still take Pie-IX Boulevard. Southbound bus stops are now mostly on the central median.
The new reserved lane on Bourbonnière will improve daily trips for users of 139 Pie-IX NORTH.
- 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.
Phase 1: Impact on vehicule traffic
Until December 2019, a new road configuration will be effective on Pie-IX Boulevard between Amos Street and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue.
Traffic will circulate on the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard. Two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be maintained at all times.
Vehicles travelling in this area of the Island of Montréal are also able to use Saint-Michel, Viau and Lacordaire boulevards.
Laval residents can use the Papineau-Leblanc bridge on Highway 19 (A19) or the Olivier-Charbonneau toll bridge on Highway 25 (A25).
The west side of Pie-IX Boulevard will be closed between Amos Street and Pierre-De-Coubertin Avenue to ensure maximum traffic flow throughout the first phase of the work. In addition, this will maximize safety for local residents and avoid confusion for motorists and transit users. It will also allow various parking areas to be created when certain sections on the west side are not under construction. Notices will be sent to inform residents of the new sections of work on the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard and the new available parking spaces.
Phase 1: Impact on residents
We encourage local residents to sign up for our electronic newsletters to stay informed about the various stages of the project, intersection closures, and which street sections are undergoing work as the project progresses. Sign up now.
Street parking: Parking restrictions will be in effect on the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard and on cross streets. We encourage you to use the parking spaces available on adjacent sections of the street that are not yet undergoing work or on cross streets. Parking spaces will be reopened as work progresses. Carefully read the signage in effect.
Sidewalks and access: Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks may occasionally be obstructed during certain operations. Pedestrian walkways will be set up. Access to businesses on Pie-IX Boulevard and adjacent streets will be maintained at all times.
Garbage, recycling and organic waste collection: Collection schedules will be maintained for the duration of the work. Please identify your bins and put them at the curbside as usual.
Water shut-offs: Water may be shut off during certain work. Notices will be distributed to affected residences 48 hours before a shut-off. We ask that you pay close attention to these notices so that you can plan ahead.
Snow removal: In case of snow accumulation, a new configuration will be put in place to ensure the snow removal of the tracks. This will require the closure of a lane on Pie-IX Boulevard between Sherbrooke Street and Boul. Henri-Bourassa.
Postal delivery: Mail and package delivery by Canada Post will be maintained for the duration of work. It you experience issues with postal delivery, please contact Canada Post postal delivery services directly or call 1-866-607-6301. For other delivery services, please contact your provider.
Rest assured that we will do what is necessary to minimize the impact of the work.
The project will be completed in four phases:
Phase 1: March 2019 to winter 2019/2020
- Work on the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard
- 2 southbound lanes and 1 northbound lane
Phase 2: Starting in spring 2020
- Work on the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard
- 2 southbound lanes and 1 northbound lane
Phase 3: 2021
- New configuration of the central median and construction of the new BRT stations
- 1 lane in each direction (northbound and southbound)
Phase 4: 2022
- Final road paving and commissioning of the Pie-IX BRT.
Work underway in Laval
The integrated Pie-IX BRT project will have stations all the way to Laval, where it is planned to be commissioned at the same time as in Montréal in fall 2022.
Work will take place in three different areas:
- Highway 125
- Rose-de-Lima / Concorde
Wok planned in 2019 (blue in the map below):
- Saint-Martin park-and-ride (east)
- Saint-Martin Boulevard
Work planned in 2020 (orange in the map below):
- Highway 125
- Saint-Martin park-and-ride (west)
Work planned in 2021 (green in the map below):
- Highway 125 north exit to Concorde
- Rose-de-Lima / Concorde
No impact is to be expected. Bus stops may, however, be moved during work. We invite you to visit your transit agency's website and check the signs at bus stops.
During the project, we will take residents into account and ensure that activities at the Centre de la nature de Laval, CPE La Marmaille and other places near the work zones can be carried out safely at all times.
Pedestrian access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times. Measures will be implemented to facilitate parking and deliveries.
Access to an adequate number of spaces in the Saint-Martin park-and-ride will be maintained.
The integrated Pie-IX BRT project will have stations all the way to Laval and involve:
- The construction of three BRT shelters
- The construction of a park-and-ride lot on Saint-Martin Boulevard
- The refurbishment of the parking lot at the Centre de la nature de Laval
- The addition of bike lanes on Saint-Martin and De la Concorde boulevards
- The planting of hundreds of new trees and shrubs
- The refurbishment of surface infrastructure (landscaping, geometric reconfiguration and road work)
- The installation of new LED lighting in the Centre de la nature de Laval parking lot and along the reserved lane
- The installation of new traffic lights on Saint-Martin and De la Concorde boulevards
- The construction of conduits for the Ville de Laval’s future fibre optic network
- The construction of new drainage systems
Work on the Pie-IX Bridge, including a dedicated BRT lane, is not part of the integrated Pie-IX BRT project. The Ministère des Transports will be responsible for work and communications related to the Pie-IX bridge.
Notices to residents
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- The BRT project will provide safe, reliable and rapid service in a reserved lane, which will reduce to a minimum the possibility of conflicts with other road users.
- Buses that use their own lane will not be slowed by traffic congestion. In addition, thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the BRT will have priority at traffic lights.
- The BRT stations will be equipped with cutting-edge technology to keep riders informed in real time.
- The Pie-IX BRT will mean a reduction in travel time of up to 10 minutes between Henri-Bourassa Boulevard and Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue.
The Amos station opened on October 17, 2016. This first Pie-IX BRT station was built as a prototype. The results will enable optimized construction of the subsequent stations.
The Amos station currently serves the STM’s 139 and 439 lines. Ultimately, it will also serve the STL’s 52 and 252 lines and an Exo line.
A number of protection measures will be integrated to ensure the safety of transit users and pedestrians on Pie-IX Boulevard, including:
- Reduced speed of traffic thanks to narrower lanes
- Elimination of all left turns unprotected by traffic lights
- Low concrete walls with guardrails will be built on both sides of the stations to protect users.
- Fencing installed across from the stations will prevent people from crossing the road other than at intersections.
- At the intersections where the stations are located, pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown and a call button will be installed at the curb and on the median at station crossings to help pedestrians cross the boulevard.
- Pedestrian crosswalks will be widened to 5 metres.
- The reserved BRT lane will be in a different colour, to avoid confusion for car drivers.
- The reserved BRT line will be used full-time. No other vehicles will be able to use the lane.
Yes. The BRT stations will be equipped with strips of tactile paving in contrasting colours and be raised up by about 13 mm. Pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown are also planned for the stations, so that pedestrians will be able to cross Pie-IX Boulevard safely. A wheelchair loading zone is also planned for each of the 17 stations.
The City of Montréal and the ARTM have agreed to take advantage of the implementation of the Pie-IX BRT to carry out municipal infrastructure work (roadwork and underground systems) that is needed due to the end of the systems’ useful lives and asset capacity limits.
Integration of municipal infrastructure work into the Pie-IX project has the following advantages:
- Reduction of both partners’ costs by combining certain worksite expenses
- Concentration of all of the work during a given period, thus limiting the impact of the work on nearby residents and road users
- Minimization of inconvenience for residents and users
The dedicated BRT lane will be located in the middle of Pie-IX Boulevard. The lane will be exclusive and permanent. With the BRT, there will no more be conflicts between buses and drivers turning right or vehicles entering and exiting the numerous driveways along Pie-IX Boulevard. The planned configuration will mean reduced travel time and more consistent service than the curbside reserved lane. Customer experience will also be greatly improved with comfortable stations where riders can buy their fares, load through the articulated buses’ three doors and view information in real time. BRT frequency and speed will be comparable to the métro.
The current plan is for the Pie-IX BRT project to end at Pie-IX métro station (Green line) on Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue. However, on July 5, 2018, the Government of Quebec announced that it will contribute financially to various studies that the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) will undertake to develop public transit. Some of the studies will focus on a possible extension of the Pie-IX BRT.
Work to be carried out:
- Refurbishment of sidewalks
- Work on electrical conduits
- Installation of gas lines
- Work on drainage sumps
- Work on underground telecommunication network conduits
- Work on water conduits (aqueducts)
- Work on storm drains
- Refurbishment of road
- Installation of reserved lanes
- Construction of reserved lanes
- Construction of stations
- Refurbishment of central median
- Replacement of lighting and traffic lights
- Planting and landscaping
Various electrification scenarios were analysed, first by the AMT in 2011 and then by the STM in 2013 and 2014.
Further to these studies, the scenario of an electric bus (or trolleybus) was not retained by the AMT, the City of Montréal or the STM, essentially due to very high costs, the impact of poles and overhead cables, and conflicts between the underground bases needed to support the power supply and municipal underground systems. The bases supporting the poles required for electrification are much larger than normal street light bases. In addition, there would be conflicts between these much larger bases and the roots of the numerous mature trees along the boulevard, the potable water main in the middle of the boulevard and certain sections of the sewer that have been retrofitted by the City of Montréal since 2011 in preparation for the Pie-IX BRT.
Consultations and information evenings
In the spring of 2017, to answer the concerns expressed by shops, industries and institutions, the integrated project office team set up the Comité d'affaires SRB Pie-IX (Pie-IX BRT business committee).
Minutes of meetings (in French only):
- Compte rendu - Rencontre du 29 novembre 2017
- Compte rendu - Rencontre du 30 mai 2017
- Compte rendu - Rencontre du 19 septembre 2018
- Compte-rendu - Rencontre du 18 février 2019
- Compte-rendu - Rencontre du 23 mai (Laval)
Presentations (in French only):
Information evenings were held in 2018 and February 2019 (see presentations below). The purpose of these events was to present the project as a whole, the detailed phasing of the work, and the planned mitigation measures. These presentations were followed by a question and discussion period with citizens and the project team.
Presentations (in French only):
- Présentation du 9 octobre 2018
- Présentation du 11 octobre 2018
- Présentation du 25 février 2019 (Rosemont)
- Présentation du 26 février 2019 (Villeray)
- Présentation du 27 février 2019 (Montréal-Nord)
- Présentation du 23 mai 2019 (Laval)et Compte-rendu
- Présentation du 3 octobre 2019 (Détour bus avenue des Récollets)
Good neighbours committees were formed. The committees give Pie-IX Boulevard residents a chance to meet periodically during the work to receive up-to-date information and share their concerns. This ongoing cooperation is aimed at minimizing or avoiding negative impacts of the work on citizens and maximizing positive benefits.
The project in images
- Future Pie-IX BRT at the corner of De Castille Street and Pie-IX Boulevard.
- Future Pie-IX BRT at the corner of 56e Street and Pie-IX Boulevard.
- Future Pie-IX BRT at the corner of Rosemont Boulevard and Pie-IX Boulevard.
- Future Pie-IX BRT in Laval’s Rose-de-Lima sector.
- Future Pie-IX BRT in Laval in the Saint-Martin park-and-ride.
The Pie-IX BRT project is an integrated project developed jointly by the ARTM, the City of Montréal and the Ministère des Transports (MTQ). It is carried out in close collaboration with their partners: the City Laval, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the Société de transport de Laval (STL), exo as well as the various boroughs served.