Bus preferential measures (BPM)

Why bus preferential measures?

Bus preferential measures (BPM) consist of installations on the road system that ensure priority is given to public transit, thereby improving the reliability and on-time delivery of service, and increasing public transportation’s attractiveness and modal share.

Such measures make it possible to provide faster, more regular and timely service, while giving public transit a competitive edge over cars. They result in shorter travel times for passengers, a lesser environmental impact thanks to fewer GHG emissions, and lower deployment costs.

BPMs include:

 

27 reserved lanes exclusively for buses and taxis (at December 31, 2013)

They allow buses and taxis to operate on an exclusive roadway, thus avoiding traffic congestion, while offering significant advantages in terms of reliability, timeliness and comfort for passengers. 

They feature ground markings, separate signage (either lane-side or overhead) and are operational during rush hour, off-peak periods or 24 hours a day.

Queue bypass lanes

With road markings and special signage, queue bypass lanes enable buses to avoid traffic as they approach certain intersections.

Priority traffic signals for buses « Candlestick »

When the vertical white light appears on traffic signals, buses are given priority and a head start over motorists.

-    Priority departure for buses at intersections

  • 4- to 5-second head start
  • In the direction of heaviest ridership

Active priority traffic lights

Buses request priority from traffic signals as they approach an intersection. Either the green light or white priority signal is extended, allowing the bus to drive through and avoid stopping for a red light.

Texte important

Example: Boulevard Saint-Michel reserved lane

  • 40,000 passenger rides a day on the 67 and 467 bus lines
  • 15 to 20% shorter travel times, or 6 to 8 minutes
  • On-time bus performance: 94.6 %
  • 45 tons of avoided GHG emissions

Opinions expressed by passengers about the Boulevard Saint-Michel reserved lane

95% of customers believe bus preferential measures are useful and improve their ride

91% feel that bus schedules are complied with and investments are worthwhile

82% notice shorter travel times and 81% want reserved lanes for all bus service

And 73% enjoy greater comfort

Source: STM passenger survey - 2010

More reserved lanes

Between boulevard Gouin and avenue Saint-Louis

Starting August 3, all 208 - Brunswick, 209 - Des Sources, 409 - Express Des Sources and 475 - Express Dollard-des-Ormeaux buses will travel in a new lane reserved for buses, taxis and carpools, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation:

Southbound:

From 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • between Gouin and De Salaberry boulevards
  • between Hymus boulevard and avenue Saint-Louis 

Northbound:

From 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.

  • between avenue Reverchon and boulevard Hymus
  • between De Salaberry and De Pierrefonds boulevards 

Cars with 2 or more occupants can use the reserved lane.

Parking on boulevard des Sources is prohibited at all time.

Advantages of lanes reserved for STM buses

  • More efficient trips
  • More punctual service at regular intervals
  • Fewer greenhouse gases on these bus lines

This reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools is made possible with the cooperation of the city of Montréal, the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, the city of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, the city of Pointe Claire and Transports Québec.

For more details - Press Room

New reserved lane on Acadie between Victor-Doré and De Beauharnois streets

Starting July 17, 2015, all 179 de l’Acadie and 180 de Salaberry buses will travel in a new lane reserved for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

Southbound:

  • between Victor-Doré and Lavigerie streets, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • between Caroline-Béique and Beauharnois, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.

Northbound:

  • between Legendre and Louvain streets, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.

between Port-Royal and Place de l’Acadie, from 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.

Upcoming: The City of Montréal plans on adding priority traffic lights (white «candlestick» light) for buses for operation during off-peak periods in a second phase of work sometime in 2016. Where installed, these traffic lights will give priority to buses at those intersection

Advantages of lanes reserved for STM buses :

  • More efficient trips
  • More punctual service at regular intervals
  • Fewer greenhouse gases on these bus lines

Cars :

Car traffic and parking will be prohibited once the reserved lane is operational.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is made possible with the cooperation of the city of Montréal and Transports Québec.

Press Room

Reserved lane on Grenet

Ride aboard the 64 Grenet and 468 Express Pierrefonds/Gouin bus lines and travel along a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Advantages of the reserved lane

  • More efficiency way to travel
  • More regular and on-time delivery of service
  • Fewer greenhouse gases on these lines

Hours of service

  • Southbound : between De Mésy and Deguire, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Northbound : between Deguire and De Serres, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On-steet parking is permitted on opposite side of reserved lane during operation hours.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is a joint initiative by the city of Montréal and Transports Québec.

Two new reserved lane segments are in service

  • between De Viterbe and Saint-Zotique
  • between Rosemont and Pierre-De Coubertin

Southbound: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Northbound: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Automobile traffic and parking are not permitted in the reserved lanes when in service

PILOT PROJECT - bus-bike-taxi reserved lane between Rosemont and Pierre-De Coubertin

Montréal is well known for its citizens’ interest in alternative methods of transportation including buses and bikes. This pilot project allowing for the cohabitation of these two forms of transportation.

Viau reserved lane offers several benefits:

  • Trips that are more efficient
  • Service that is more regular and more punctual
  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions in your sector
  • A safe and comfortable layout for the movement of buses and bikes

It’s a first!

This is the first test of cohabitation between buses and bikes in a reserved lane. We will conduct assessments and,depending on the results, this type of reserved lane could be implemented elsewhere in Montréal.

Ride aboard the 105 Sherbrooke and 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce bus lines and travel along a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Advantages of the reserved lane

  • More efficiency way to travel
  • More regular and on-time delivery of service
  • Fewer greenhouse gases on these lines

Hours of service

  • Eastbound : between Elmhurst and Girouard, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Westbound : between Addington and West Broadway, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On-steet parking is permitted on opposite side of reserved lane during operation hours.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is a joint initiative by the city of Montréal and Transports Québec.

 
 


 

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