Integrated PIE-IX BRT Project

Integrated Pie-IX BRT Project

Project summary

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
  • The Pie-IX BRT will have 20 BRT bus stops (18 in Montréal and two in Laval), spread out on almost 13 kilometres of Pie-IX Boulevard between Saint-Martin Boulevard in Laval and Notre-Dame street in Montréal. It will serve more than 70,000 customers a day.
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SRB Pie-IX will be extended to Notre-Dame Street. The new 1.7 km section connecting Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue to Notre-Dame Street East will include three new stations, adding to the 17 already under construction.

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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
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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 Notre-Dame street.

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.

Starting March 2 : Major work on Phase 2 will continue and the worksite will be relocated to the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard

Work on the integrated Pie-IX BRT project will continue in 2020. As of March 2, 2020, the worksite will be relocated to the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard.Residual work on the west side is also expected.

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Starting March 2

Bus lines 139 Pie-IX, 439 Pie-IX and 41 Quartier Saint-Michel/Ahuntsic

Southbound bus lines will take Pie-IX Boulevard, aside from a detour along Des Récollets between Industriel and Henri-Bourassa.

Northbound bus lines will be rerouted onto adjacent streets.

Bus stops may be moved or cancelled during the occasional work. Check the signage at your bus stops.

The 355 Pie-IX line service will start at 11 p.m. and remain on boul. Pie-IX. The northbound stops will be on the central reservation.

Consultez l'emplacement précis des arrêts des lignes 41, 139, 355 et 439:

 

 

Starting March 2

Traffic will be maintained at all times in both directions.

Two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be maintained on the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard between Sherbrooke and Industriel.

Two northbound lanes and one southbound lane will be maintained on the west side of Pie-IX Boulevard between Industriel and Henri-Bourassa.

Vehicles travelling in this area will also be able to use Saint-Michel, Viau and Lacordaire.

Work completed in 2020

  • Replacement of sewer, aqueduct and gas conduits
  • Construction of new electrical infrastructure
  • Refurbishment of the road foundation
  • Refurbishment of sidewalks
  • Replacement of lighting

Work schedule 

Work will be carried out Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Given the scale of the work planned, some work will be carried out on evenings and weekends.

As of March 2

On-street parking: Parking restrictions will be in place around and inside the work area. Read the signage carefully.

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.

Snow removal: In the event of snow accumulation, the work will be reconfigured to allow snow to be removed from the lanes. This will require closing one lane on Pie-IX Boulevard between Sherbrooke and Henri-Bourassa. Follow the signs and allow for additional travel time.

Rest assured that we will take all the necessary measures to reduce the impact of the work.

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

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

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 on March 2 2020

  • Work on the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard
  • 2 southbound lanes and 1 northbound lane between Sherbrooke street and Industriel boul.
  • 2 northbound lanes and 1 southbound lane between Industriel boul. and Henri-Bourassa boul.

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:

  • Saint-Martin
  • Highway 125
  • Rose-de-Lima / Concorde

Work on the integrated SRB Pie-IX project in Laval will resume on February 10 in the Saint-Martin parking lots. This work will allow the construction of two retention basins. Access to a sufficient number of spaces in the Saint-Martin parking lot will be preserved.

Work outside the parking lots will begin in the spring of 2020. Communications will follow at that time.

We thank you for your cooperation.

 
 

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)
  • Rose-de-Lima

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. The project is currently postponed to a later date.

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

 

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 won't be in service starting March 2 2020.

2021:

  • Change of the configuration of the central median
  • Construction of stations for the new Pie-IX BRT
  • Start of work on the pedestrian tunnel at the corner of Jean-Talon and Pie-IX, which will connect the BRT shelters to the infrastructure planned for the extension of the Blue line of the métro
  • Start of work on the Pie-IX BRT section extending to Notre-Dame Street

2022:

  • Final road paving
  • Bus rapid transit service testing
  • Commissioning of most sections of the Pie-IX BRT

2023:

  • Commissioning of the second section of the Pie-IX BRT, which will extend to Notre-Dame

The east side of Pie-IX Boulevard will be closed between Amos Street and Pierre-De-Coubertin Avenue to ensure maximum traffic flow throughout the second 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 east side are not under construction. Notices will be sent to inform residents of the new sections of work on the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard and the new available parking spaces.

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 Pie-IX Bridge, linking Laval to the Island of Montréal, via Highway 125, will undergo a major renovation. A reserved lane for the BRT is scheduled to be integrated into the project. The Ministère des Transports will be responsible for work and communications regarding the Pie-IX Bridge. The project is currently postponed to a later date.

If you have comments about the Pie-IX Bridge's major renovation project, please contact the project team at: pontpieix@transports.gouv.qc.ca.

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.

 

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):

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):

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

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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