STM is announcing that the new reserved lane for buses and taxis on boulevard Henri-Bourassa is ready to begin service on Monday, August 21, 2017.
Montréal, August 16, 2017 – Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing that the new reserved lane for buses and taxis on boulevard Henri-Bourassa, bordering Saint-Laurent borough, is ready to begin service on Monday, August 21, 2017.
With an overall length of 6.5 km, both directions combined, the reserved lane will be operational on weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 am for westbound buses from Place Vermandère to Douglas‐B.‐Floreani, and eastbound from Douglas‐B.‐Floreani to Place Vermandère, except for the short stretch from De Miniac to Brabant‐Martineau. In afternoon rush hour, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm, the reserved lane will only be operational for westbound buses from Place Vermandère to Douglas‐B.‐Floreani.
The new reserved lane will benefit some 4000 passenger rides during rush hour on the 164 – Dudemaine, 177 – Thimens, 215 – Henri-Bourassa and 225 – Hymus bus lines.
Furthermore, priority traffic lights will be installed in a second phase of work to complete all bus preferential measures along that corridor.
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. Such measures, that include reserved lanes and bus priority traffic lights, cut down travel times by about 10%. The infrastructure work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification. With the reserved lane on boulevard Henri-Bourassa, STM now enjoys reserved lanes along 218.5 km of roads, while 292 intersections feature priority traffic lights, extending the coverage of bus priority measures to a total of 305 km. STM aims to reach its 375-km target by the end of 2017.
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Isabelle A. Tremblay
Société de transport de Montréal (STM)
Téléphone : (514) 350.0800, poste 84940