Three existing bus garages expansion

Bus garages expansion underway

The Saint-Laurent, Anjou and Legendre bus garage expansion project is part of the STM’s strategies for accommodating the 300 new hybrid buses that will start arriving in 2020. The bus garages serve to park and maintain our buses.

These three expansions are yet another step toward the bus network electrification. We are actually thinking today about our future needs by providing space for the equipment needed to maintain and charge electric buses.

Work began at the three bus garages in August 2019 and is due to be completed in 2021. However, bus garages will be able to integrate the new buses as soon as the indoor parking of the buses is completed, at the end of 2020.

Saint-Laurent bus garage

 

Project summary

Expanding the Saint-Laurent garage will allow us to add 52 of the 300 additional hybrid buses to our current fleet as of 2020. Hybrid buses provide a 30% fuel economy and CO2 reduction, and are quieter than buses operating on diesel only. Adding these buses will allow us to enhance the bus service.


Duration of the work: summer 2019 to summer 2021

Description of the work: expansion of a bus garage

Impact on métro service: no

Impact on bus service: no

Impacts on customer trips

There will be no impact on customers. The bus garage will continue to operate during construction works, which will not affect bus service.

Impacts on local residents

Construction work likely to generate noise will normally be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws, some work may continue over the weekend to keep the construction on schedule.

We use blasting to perform part of the excavation required to build the project. Blasting work began in September 2019 and will continue until the end of 2019.

What measures will be implemented to ensure safety around the worksite

  • The construction site has already been fenced off, and the work will be done within its perimeter.
  • Blasting mats will be installed over the rock to contain rock fragments, when required.
  • Safety instructions will be posted around the site.
  • No explosives are stored on site.
  • A professional firm specialized in monitoring vibrations has been mandated to ensure compliance with the standards established by the City of Montréal and the STM.

Based on the method used, what is the usual procedure for warning nearby residents that a micro-blast is imminent?

  1. 12 whistle or siren sounds
  2. 30-second wait
  3. Micro-blast
  4. One long whistle or siren sound
  5. End of blasting

Schedule
Several blasting operations can be carried out every day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week.


Will residents feel vibrations and hear noise?
Close to the worksite, residents may feel vibrations or hear noise when the rock is broken up, which is totally normal.

The required excavation work will generate vibrations that could be noticed by residents near the worksite. We have hired an independant consulting firm to survey (mainly photograph) all buildings around the worksite. These inspections will serve to document the condition of the buildings before and after construction.

In the unlikely event that any damage is reported, an expert opinion could help determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the worksite. Property owners affected by this measure will be notified accordingly.

Installation of Carbon monoxide detectors

Gestion Monox Inc. has been mandated to install carbon monoxide detectors in buildings within 100 metres of the site. If your property is located in the targeted area, Gestion Monox Inc. has contacted or will contact you shortly. For more information, please visit gestionmonox.com.

Mitigation measures:

  • Noise and vibration levels are monitored throughout construction.
  • An air quality study is being done and mitigation measures are implemented to ensure the comfort of area residents.
  • A traffic plan for cars and trucks has been put in place to keep traffic in the sector as smooth flowing as possible.
  • The bike path on Chemin du Bois-Franc is maitained at all times.
  • As much as possible, we want the trucks to use Thimens Boulevard.

Learn more about the project

The Saint-Laurent garage is located at the corner of Cousens Street and Thimens Boulevard. The expansion will be built on the current employee parking lot, which will be relocated underground.

The work will be carried out in three stages:

Stage 1 (summer 2019 to spring 2021):

  • Expansion of the indoor parking to house 52 additional buses
  • Expansion of the mechanical workshop
  • Addition of offices and rooms on the second floor
  • Construction of underground parking for employees

Phases 2 and 3 (2021):

  • Refurbishment of interior of existing bus maintenance facilities

During the work, buses will enter and exit via the entrance on Chemin du Bois-Franc. Once the bus garage expansion is completed, buses will enter via Cousens Street.

Sustainable development criteria

The new building that is to be constructed incorporates several sustainable development principles. The choice of materials, the importance of natural light due to larger windows, and reduced water consumption are some sustainable development features of the new building.

This project also contributes to reducing heat islands. Around 15 additional trees are to be planted on site. The expansion, with its white and green roof, replaces an area that was previously entirely asphalted.

The equipment integrated into the facilities will be subject to strict rules regarding noise levels and will comply with the standards set by the Borough. The buses that will be added at the garage will be hybrid buses, which are quieter than diesel buses.

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Legendre bus garage

Project summary

Expanding the Legendre garage will allow us to add 56 of the 300 additional hybrid buses to our current fleet as of 2020. Hybrid buses provide a 30% fuel economy and CO2 reduction, and are quieter than buses operating on diesel only. Adding these buses will allow us to enhance the bus service.


Duration of the work: summer 2019 to end of 2020

Description of the work: expansion of a bus garage

Impact on métro service: no

Impact on bus service: no

Impacts on customer trips

There will be no impact on customers. The bus garage will continue to operate during construction works, which will not affect bus service.

Impacts on local residents

Construction work likely to generate noise will normally be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws, some work may continue over the weekend to keep the construction on schedule.

Mitigation measures:

  • Noise and vibration levels will be monitored throughout construction.
  • An air quality study will be done and mitigation measures will be implemented to ensure the comfort of area residents.
  • A traffic plan for cars and trucks will be put in place to keep traffic in the sector as smooth flowing as possible.
 

Learn more about the project

The Legendre garage is located on Legendre Street East and has an access from Saint-Laurent Boulevard. The expansion will be built on a portion of the employee parking lot.

The work will be carried out in three stages:

Stage 1 (summer 2019 to the end of 2021):

  • Expansion of the indoor parking to house 56 additional buses
  • Expansion of the mechanical workshop
  • Redesigning of the employee outside parking lot

Phases 2 and 3 (2021):

  • Refurbishment of interior of existing bus maintenance facilities

Sustainable development criteria

The new building that is to be constructed incorporates several sustainable development principles. The choice of materials, the importance of natural light due to larger windows, and reduced water consumption are some sustainable development features of the new building.

This project also contributes to reducing heat islands. The greening rate of the entire Legendre site will increase 9% to 15%. Around 30 additional trees will be planted as part of the landscaping measures of the outside parking lot. The expansion will have a green roof replacing an area that was previously entirely asphalted.

The equipment integrated into the facilities will be subject to strict rules regarding noise levels and will comply with the standards set by the Borough. The buses that will be added at the garage will be hybrid buses, which are quieter than diesel buses.

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Anjou bus garage

Project summary

Expanding the Anjou garage will allow us to add 52 of the 300 additional hybrid buses to our current fleet as of 2020. Hybrid buses provide a 30% fuel economy and CO2 reduction, and are quieter than buses operating on diesel only. Adding these buses will allow us to enhance the bus service.


Duration of the work: summer 2019 to summer 2021

Description of the work: expansion of a bus garage

Impact on métro service: no

Impact on bus service: no

Impacts on customer trips

There will be no impact on customers. The bus garage will continue to operate during construction works, which will not affect bus service.

Impacts on local residents

Construction work likely to generate noise will normally be scheduled between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. In accordance with municipal by-laws, some work may continue over the weekend to keep the construction on schedule.

We use blasting to perform part of the excavation required to build the project. The excavation work currently underway will continue until the end of January 2020.

What measures will be implemented to ensure safety around the worksite?

  • The construction site has already been fenced off, and the work will be done within its perimeter.
  • Blasting mats will be installed over the rock to contain rock fragments, when required.
  • Safety instructions will be posted around the site.
  • No explosives are stored on site.
  • A professional firm specialized in monitoring vibrations has been mandated to ensure compliance with the standards established by the City of Montréal and the STM.

Based on the method used, what is the usual procedure for warning nearby residents that blast is imminent?

  1. 12 whistle or siren sounds
  2. 30-second wait
  3. Micro-blast
  4. One long whistle or siren sound
  5. End of blasting

Schedule
Several blasting operations can be carried out every day between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week.

Will residents feel vibrations and hear noise?
Close to the worksite, residents may feel vibrations or hear noise when the rock is broken up, which is totally normal.

The required excavation work will generate vibrations that could be noticed by residents near the worksite. We have hired an independant consulting firm to survey (mainly photograph) all buildings around the worksite. These inspections will serve to document the condition of the buildings before and after construction.

In the unlikely event that any damage is reported, an expert opinion could help determine whether the damage is the result of the vibrations produced by the worksite. Property owners affected by this measure will be notified accordingly.

Installation of Carbon monoxide detectors

Gestion Monox Inc. has been mandated to install carbon monoxide detectors in buildings within 100 metres of the site. If your property is located in the targeted area, Gestion Monox Inc. has contacted or will contact you shortly. For more information, please visit gestionmonox.com.

Mitigation measures:

  • Noise and vibration levels will be monitored throughout construction.
  • An air quality study will be done and mitigation measures will be implemented to ensure the comfort of area residents.
  • A traffic plan for cars and trucks will be put in place to keep traffic in the sector as smooth flowing as possible.

Learn more about the project

The Anjou garage is located on Larrey Street. The expansion will be built on the current employee parking lot, which will be relocated underground.

The work will be carried out in three stages:

Stage 1 (summer 2019 to spring 2021):

  • Expansion of the indoor parking to house 52 additional buses
  • Expansion of the mechanical workshop
  • Addition of offices and rooms on the second floor
  • Construction of underground parking for employees

Phases 2 and 3 (2021):

  • Refurbishment of interior of existing bus maintenance facilities

Sustainable development criteria

The new building that is to be constructed incorporates several sustainable development principles. The choice of materials, the importance of natural light due to larger windows, and reduced water consumption are some sustainable development features of the new building.

This project also contributes to reducing heat islands. The expansion, with its white and green roof, replaces an area that was previously entirely asphalted.

The equipment integrated into the facilities will be subject to strict rules regarding noise levels and will comply with the standards set by the Borough. The buses that will be added at the garage will be hybrid buses, which are quieter than diesel buses.

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