Montréal, December 5, 1996 - Next Monday December 9, the Papineau reserved lane - located in the Ahuntsic district - will be added to the network of reserved lanes operated by the STCUM. This 0,9 kilometre lane will allow customers to shorten their commuting time while improving the consistency of the service in this sector.
Route 45 - Papineau and Route 54 - Charland/Chabanel buses (routes operating during rush hour only) will travel on the Papineau reserved lane northbound between François-H.-Prévost and Louvain streets from 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm, from Monday to Friday. Taxis and other buses will also be able to use this reserved lane. In addition, a priority light at the intersection of Charland Street and Papineau Avenue, as well as exclusive lanes at the northern and southern approaches to Crémazie Boulevard have also been installed in order to give priority to buses.
While this work was being done by the STCUM, the City of Montréal was modifying traffic signs on Papineau Avenue. The left-turn lane is no longer reserved for the intersections of François-H.-Prévost, Émile-Journault and Louvain streets.
By adding the Papineau reserved lane to its network, the STCUM now has 11 reserved lanes covering a distance of 41 kilometres. It should be mentioned that these renovations costing about $300,000 were made possible by a subsidy from the ministère des Transports du Québec of nearly $200,000,which covered 75% of expenses admissible by the Programme d'aide au financement des infrastructures de transport en commun (financial assistance program for public transit infrastructures).
For additional information, customers should dial (514) 280-5100.