Press release

The STM is announcing the implementation of a new reserved lane along four sections of rue Wellington, between Rhéaume and Ann streets.

Montréal, September 25, 2017 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing the implementation of a new reserved lane along four sections of rue Wellington, between Rhéaume and Ann streets. The new reserved lane project for buses, taxis and bikes will make it possible to carry out further studies on road-sharing by these transportation modes, starting Monday, September 18, 2017.

With an overall length of 1.6 km both directions combined, this reserved lane will be operational on weekdays. Eastbound, from 6:30 to 9 a.m., the reserved lane will be open between Rhéaume and Gilberte-Dubé streets (bus-taxi lane, also open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.), between Fortune and De la Sucrerie (bus-taxi-bike lane), as well as between Peel and Ann streets (bus and taxi lane). Westbound, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., the bus-taxi-bike reserved lane will extend from De la Sucrerie to Charron and from the Highway 15 overpass to rue Gilberte-Dubé.

This new reserved lane will benefit some 1700 passenger rides taken each day during rush hour aboard the 21 – Place-du-Commerce, 57 – Pointe-Saint-Charles, 61 – Wellington, 71 – Du Centre, 74 - Bridge and 715 – Vieux-Port bus lines.

Furthermore, new priority traffic lights will gradually be deployed between Woodland and Nazareth streets to complete the bus preferential measures program along that corridor. In a second phase of work, these traffic lights will be upgraded with smart technology to respond to requests for priority sent by buses, in real time, in order to improve travel times for nearly 11,000 passenger rides per day.

Bus priority measures (MPB) consist of installations on the road system that ensure priority is given to public transportation, thereby improving the reliability and on-time delivery of service. These measures, including reserved lanes and priority traffic lights, lead to 10% shorter travel times. Implementation work is made possible through funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

With the roll-out of a reserved lane on rue Wellington, STM enjoys reserved lanes along 220.1 km of roads and priority traffic signals at 292 intersections, having bus preferential measures deployed along a total of 306.6 km of roadways. STM expects to reach its target of 375 km before the end of 2017.  

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De gauche à droite : Pascal Rochon, conseiller corporatif -  infrastructures et équipements, STM; Philippe Schnobb, président du conseil d'administration, STM; Sébastien Désilets, conseiller - développement des réseaux, STM

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