Stinson bus garage

First LEED Gold bus garage in Québec

The Stinson bus garage was designed and built according to the highest standards of sustainability, which made it possible for it to obtain LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Canada Green Building Council. We take pride in this accomplishment, as it reflects our corporate values with regards to sustainable development. Here are some of its innovative green characteristics:

  • Heat recovery system with an 80% efficiency rating
  • 21 rooftop skylights reduce the need for artificial lighting
  • Indoor circulation of buses minimizes the opening and closing of garage doors for arriving and departing buses, thereby reducing energy loss and pollution while maximizing the efficiency of bus movements
  • 60% less energy used than by the STM’s other bus garages
  • Green roof extending over 8,000 m2 (equal to one and a half times a football field); the rest of the roof is covered with a light-reflecting material
  • Greening the entire site: over 500 trees, 1300 shrubs and plants, and some 22,000 m2 of lawn and wooded areas
  • Rainwater catchment systems and water recovery systems that recycle bus washing and rinsing water have lowered consumption of drinking water by 75%   
  • Use of sustainable, regionally-sourced materials, including wood and steel, promote the local economy while reducing GHG emissions related to their transportation
  • Parking spaces for car-sharing vehicles
  • Recharging stations for electric cars
  • Indoor parking space for 70 bicycles

A bus garage aiming for gold

On January 6, 2014, the STM welcomed 111 bus drivers and some fifteen maintenance employees to the new Stinson bus garage located at 635 rue Stinson in Saint-Laurent  Borough. The huge, two-storey building can hold 300 buses, including 100 articulated vehicles. Its installations were planned to eventually house electric buses.

Equipped with facilities meeting universal accessibility standards, the new bus garage has also been designed according to principles of sustainable development we adhere to. Everything has been done to ensure the building is LEED Gold certified.

Among its many green characteristics, the garage’s layout allows buses to circulate indoors, thereby:

  • reducing the number of exterior doors
  • ensuring greater energy efficiency for the building
  • minimizing the inconvenience for local residents
  • minimizing travel times for vehicles undergoing maintenance and/or servicing

Benefits for our clients and the sector


The new Stinson bus garage will enable us to:

  • Handle the planned expansion of STM’s bus fleet
  • Increase the offer of service
  • Support increased ridership
  • Integrate electric buses as necessary
  • Revitalize the industrial park
  • Improve the appearance of the residential area
  • Develop green spaces
  • Benefit from a site layout that surpasses environmental standards
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