Integrated PIE-IX BRT Project

Integrated Pie-IX BRT Project

Project summary

The Pie-IX BRT is a leading, high-performance public transit project integrated into the work to rebuild and upgrade Pie-IX Boulevard between eastern Laval and Montréal.

  • The commissioning of the initial sections between Laval and Pierre-De Coubertin in Montréal (except for the Jean-Talon section between Everett and Bélair) is still planned for fall 2020.
  • The commissioning of the Jean-Talon section, including construction of a pedestrian tunnel between the Pie-IX BRT and the future Blue line extension station, is planned for 2023.
  • The Pie-IX BRTwill also be extended between Pierre-De Coubertin and Notre-Dame.

About the Pie-IX BRT:

A public transit infrastructure spread across 13 km of Pie-IX Boulevard, between Saint-Martin Boulevard in Laval and Notre-Dame Street in Montréal:

  • 18 stops in Montréal and two in Laval, all located in the centre of the road except for the stop at Pie-IX métro station
  • Bus priority traffic lights in real time
  • SRB bus shelters
  • The work will involve constructing a pedestrian tunnel between the Pie-IX BRT and the future métro station on the Blue line extension.

Reserved lanes will operate 24/7. They will be a different colour and will be situated in the central, rather than left, lane.

The Pie-IX BRT project has many components:

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During peak periods, the Pie-IX BRT will offer a frequency comparable to that of the métro.

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

  • Lanes reserved exclusively for buses
  • Rapid boarding through all bus doors

The City of Montréal is using the BRT project to upgrade its sewer and water networks, which have reached the end of their useful lives. The City will also reconstruct the road, sidewalks and grass medians of Pie-IX Boulevard between Henri-Bourassa Boulevard and Notre-Dame Street East.

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 turn the area into a multifunctional environment where public transportation will be an important part of residents’ travel habits.

This infrastructure will accommodate the various STM bus lines and bus lines of other transit companies that will regularly travel the entire length or part of Pie-IX Boulevard. The project will also improve bus service in neighbourhoods near the Pie-IX BRT as well as areas farther away.

The number of trips along the Pie-IX axis will double over time. Once the project is completed, 70,000 trips will be made on the Pie-IX BRT every day.

Major work is currently underway on the Pie-IX BRT to build a pedestrian tunnel leading from the Pie-IX BRT to the future Blue line extension station.

Work  includes excavating the Jean-Talon / Pie-IX intersection, relocating a water main, and building the pedestrian tunnel, two elevators, staircases, and two BRT shelters.

Why is Blue line extension work being integrated into the Pie-IX BRT project?

  • Avoids having to interrupt the BRT service during métro construction work
  • Reduces the number of worksites required
  • Ensures efficient management of public funds

Work area

Work will take place on Pie-IX Boulevard, between Bélair and Everett streets, and on Jean-Talon Street, between 22nd and 23rd avenues. Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained at all times, but sidewalks will be blocked occasionally.

Coming soon: A new kind of bus shelter

Once completed, this comfortable, well-lit, windowed BRT shelter at Pie-IX and Jean-Talon will include digital displays showing the next bus departures in real time. An elevator and stairs will lead directly to the future métro station on the Blue line extension, so that transferring customers will not have to cross the street.

Work under way in Montreal : beginning  on March 22, 2021

After the preparatory work currently underway, work on the Pie-IX BRT will move to the centre of the road. This is where we will build the reserved bus lanes, set up the newly configured central median and install the BRT shelters.

Work in the Pie-IX Boulevard/Jean-Talon Street area, including construction of a pedestrian tunnel linking the Pie-IX BRT to the future Blue line station, is currently underway.

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Bus lines 41,139 and 439 will be detoured onto nearby streets. Line 355 will continue to serve Pie-IX Boulevard.  Certain stops may be moved or cancelled. Be sure to check the signage at your bus stop and consult stm.info.

Beginning in summer 2021, a new reserved lane will be added to the Bélanger and Provencher corridors to optimize service. Check the signage at your bus stop and visit stm.info for more information.

Please note that the Amos station is now closed, as there is no longer any bus service at that stop. The station’s fare vending machine is no longer in service.

Between Sherbrooke Street and Henri-Bourassa (except for between Everett and Bélair streets)

Traffic is maintained at all times in both directions (with a few exceptions). The four centre lanes will be closed along most of Pie-IX Boulevard. This setup may be modified in some areas.

Between Everett and Bélair streets:

  • The lanes on the east side is currently closed. On the west side, one northbound lane and one southbound lane are open.
  • Jean-Talon Street: One eastbound lane and one westbound lane are currently open between 22nd and 23rd avenues.

Work will take place on streets adjacent to Pie-IX Boulevard. Streets near the Jean-Talon/Pie-IX area may be partially closed.

 

The work schedule will adjust to the progress of the site. The work could take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and on weekends between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Exceptionally, work may also take place in the evening or at night.This work could be postponed in the event of operational constraints or unfavorable weather conditions.

THE INITIAL PROJECT

The initial sections will be completed in four phases between Gouin and Pierre-De Coubertin, except for the Jean-Talon section between Everett and Bélair


Phase 1 (March 2019 to winter 2019) : done

Phase 2 (March 2020 to December 2020) : done

Phase 3 (2021) : underway

  • 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, bus rapid transit service testing and commissioning of the Pie-IX BRT.

 

THE PROJECT INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PEDESTRIAN TUNNEL, IN THE JEAN-TALON AND PIE-IX AREA

Phase 1 (from September 2020 to spring 2021): Obstruction on the east side of boulevard Pie-IX

  • Pie-IX Boulevard: The east side of the street will be closed to traffic between Bélair and Everett. On the west side, one northbound lane and one southbound lane will be open.
  • Jean-Talon Street: One eastbound lane and one westbound lane will be open between 22nd and 23rd avenues.
  • Work will be done on streets adjacent to Pie-IX Boulevard.

Phase 2 (spring/summer 2021): obstruction east of the intersection

  • Pie-IX Boulevard: The east side of the street will be closed to traffic between Bélair and Everett. On the west side, one northbound lane and two southbound lanes will be open.
  • Jean-Talon Street: The road will be closed between Pie-IX Boulevard and 23rd Avenue.
  • Implementation of new bus detours for buses traveling on Jean-Talon Street.

Phase 3 (summer 2021 to fall 2023): closed completely to traffic

  • Pie-IX Boulevard: Closed completely to traffic between Bélair and Everett.
  • Jean-Talon Street: Closed completely between 22nd and 23rd avenues.
  • Implementation of new bus detours for lines running on Pie-IX.

On-street parking: Parking restrictions will be in effect on Pie-IX Boulevard. Follow all posted signage. Given the current setup of Pie-IX Boulevard, there will be no stopping unless otherwise indicated. Specific spaces will be reserved as loading zones. Follow all posted signage regarding these spaces.

Sidewalks and access: Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks may occasionally be obstructed; in this event, pedestrian detours will be implemented.

Bus: Service will be maintained, but certain bus stops could be relocated or cancelled. Read bus stop signs carefully and find out more at 514-287-8919 or stm.info.

Sidewalks and access: Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks may occasionally be obstructed during certain operations.

Garbage, recycling and organic waste collection: Collection schedules will be maintained for the duration of the work. Please clearly identify your bins.

Businesses on Pie-IX Boulevard: Please note that the businesses on Pie-IX Boulevard will remain open during the work.

Procedure to follow if you stop receiving your mail: While work is underway on the Pie-IX BRT project, there may be issues with the delivery of your mail by Canada Post. Your homes and mailboxes will remain accessible; however, there may be issues with deliveries due to modified access caused by the work. To resolve these issues, find out more and contact Canada Post through their mail delivery service or at 1-866-607-6301.

Water shut-offs: Water may be shut off during certain work. Notices will be distributed to affected homes 48 hours before a shut-off. We ask that you pay close attention to these notices so that you can prepare accordingly.

Follow the project’s progress: srbpieix.ca/inscription

IMPORTANT: Work may be postponed in the event of operational constraints or unfavourable weather.

 

Work in Laval

The work will be finished in 2021 in Laval. The Pie-IX BRT will be fully commissioned in Laval at the same time as the Montréal service, in fall 2022.

Work is under way in three separate areas:

  • Saint-Martin area
  • Route 125
  • Rose-de-Lima / De la Concorde area

Work in 2021

  • Completion of three BRT shelters
  • Planting of new coniferous trees and shrubs at the Centre de la nature
  • Installation of new LED lighting in the Centre de la nature parking lot
  •  Installation of new traffic lights on Saint-Martin and De la Concorde boulevards
  • More to come.

Saint-Martin

  • Construction of the concrete slabs and low walls for the BRT shelters to be built in 2021
  • Work on the Saint-Martin east and west park-and-ride lots: paving, landscaping, pavement markings, lighting and sidewalks
  • Excavation and construction of the retention pond
  • New terracotta-colour 24/7 reserved lanes
  • Commissioning of the Saint-Martin and Vanier bike lanes
  • Construction of conduits for the City of Laval’s future fibre optic network
  • Installation of fencing, lighting and new traffic lights along Saint-Martin Boulevard

Route 125

  • Retrofit and creation of new reserved lanes on Route 125 shoulders and off-ramps in both directions

Rose-de-Lima Avenue / Centre de la nature de Laval / De la Concorde Boulevard

  • New drainage system and excavation work
  • Park-and-ride retrofit: paving, landscaping, pavement markings, lighting and new sidewalks
  • New bike lane on De la Concorde Boulevard
  • New terracotta-colour 24/7 reserved lane
  • Construction of the concrete slab and low walls for the BRT shelter to be built in 2021
  • Installation of fencing and paved parking for La Marmaille daycare centre

Potential impacts:

  • During the project, we will take residents into account and ensure that activities at the Centre de la nature de Laval, La Marmaille daycare centre 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 lots will be maintained.
  • Bus traffic: There should be no impact. However, bus stops may be moved during the work.

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

A major retrofit of the Pie-IX Bridge between Laval and Montréal, part of Route 125, is currently under way, and a BRT reserved lane is part of the project. The Ministère des Transports (MTQ) is in charge of work and communications related to the Pie-IX Bridge. The work began in September and will be completed in 2023.

If you have questions about the major refurbishment of the Pie-IX Bridge, please contact the project team at pontpieix@transports.gouv.qc.ca.

Improvements to the reserved lane on the Pie-IX Bridge are possible thanks to funding from the federal government as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

Notices to residents

*This information is available only in French: srbpieix.ca

To receive notices regarding work underway, write to us at info@srbpieix.ca.

FAQ

For questions or comments, please contact us.

  • 514-287-8919
  • info@srbpieix.ca
  • 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 Notre-Dame street.

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. Considering the word underway on Pie-IX boulevard, the Amos station is currently not in service.

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 reserved 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.

Local residents

Additional parking alternatives:

  • East side of Pie-IX, between Villeray and Everett
  • East side of Pie-IX, between Bélair and Bélanger

Garbage collection will be handled by the contractor

Water spraying to reduce dust as needed

Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained

Local businesses

Businesses directly affected by the work will be contacted by the project liaison officer to determine what mitigation measures can be taken

Financial aid program for businesses affected by major work

  • Eligible locations expanded to account for Jean-Talon worksite

Truck routes

  • Detour to major streets: Pie-IX | Crémazie | Viau
  • Local traffic only on Jean-Talon Street between Viau and Pie-IX  

Alternate routes for drivers

  • Detour to major streets: St-Michel | Crémazie | Lacordaire

Mitigation measures in the area

  • Police presence at main intersections affected by detours
  • Mobile message signs placed at strategic intersections

Major upcoming work will require new bus detours in the area and a new reserved lane.

New reserved lane on Bélanger / Provencher

  • Eastbound on Bélanger and northbound on Provencher
  • Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week
  • For buses, taxis and carpools
  • No parking on Provencher or De Buies during hours of operation
  • Preparatory work underway: curb extensions, resurfacing, repairs as needed

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.

Artwork will be included in the Pie-IX BRT project as per the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics. This policy requires all government organizations to build artwork into their construction projects and allocates a fixed amount of funding equivalent to a percentage of the estimated building cost.

Artist Jean-Sébastien Denis will create and install artwork on the majority of the BRT shelters on Pie-IX Boulevard.

The artist selection process is handled entirely by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications. Visual and details to follow.

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):

Presentations (in French only):

Good neighbours committees

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


The extension of the Blue line is one of the projects developed following the declaration made by the Government of Quebec and the City of Montréal to revitalize the east end of Montréal. Many others are underway to breathe new life into the area. Increased mobility, economic development and improved living environments for citizens are the main focuses of this ambitious undertaking. Visit Québec.ca/RevitalisationEstMontreal to learn more.

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.

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