Integrated PIE-IX BRT Project

Integrated Pie-IX BRT Project

Project summary

 

Towards a gradual commissioning of the Pie-IX BRT at the end of 2022

The Pie-IX BRT project is well underway, and the fourth and final phase of the work has begun in most areas of Pie-IX Boulevard north of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue. There will be a testing period for the BRT service before the gradual commissioning of the reserved lanes in late 2022. 

The Pie-IX BRT is a leading, high-performance public transit project integrated into the work to rebuild and upgrade Pie-IX Boulevard, between Saint-Martin Boulevard in Laval and Notre-Dame Street in Montréal. It is also a public transit infrastructure spread across 13 km of Pie-IX Boulevard.

  • 38 BRT bus shelters, all located in the centre of the road except for the stop at Pie-IX métro station and in Laval, and bus priority lights in real time.
  • Construction of a pedestrian tunnel between the Pie-IX BRT and the future métro station on the Blue line extension.
  • Reserved lanes will operate 24/7. They will be a different colour and will be situated in the central, rather than right, lane.

Get ready for a future where public transit holds a key position in transportation trends.

    Consult the accessibility page for more info on the external medias.

    See Discover the Pie-IX BRT on YouTube

    The next steps of the project

    In 2022

    The Pie-IX BRT is slated to be commissioned at the end of 2022 in most sectors between Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue in Montréal and Saint-Martin Boulevard in Laval, excluding the Jean-Talon area.

    In 2023

    The Jean-Talon BRT shelters as well as Bélanger North BRT shelter in the Jean-Talon area will be in service in 2023, due to the work that will continue as planned this year for the construction of a pedestrian tunnel between the Pie-IX BRT and the future blue line extension station. The Pierre-De Coubertin BRT shelters will also be ready in 2023, once the work at Pie-IX métro station has been completed.

    Extension of the Pie-IX BRT to Notre-Dame Street

    The Pie-IX BRT will also be extended between Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue and Notre-Dame East. This new 1.7-km section will include five new BRT shelters. Work is expected to begin in fall 2022.

    The Pie-IX BRT project has many components:

    Implementation of a new public transit system

    Comfortable, accessible and safe

    • Spacious and comfortable bus shelters
    • Electronic displays showing upcoming bus departures in real time
    • Safe pedestrian access
    • Boarding for wheelchair users
    • Tactile paving
    • Strips marked on the ground
    • Pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown

    Rapid and reliable

    • Lanes reserved exclusively for buses
    • Rapid boarding through all bus doors

    Complete refurbishment of municipal infrastructure on Pie-IX Boulevard

    The City of Montréal is using the BRT project to upgrade its sewer and water networks, which have reached the end of their useful lives. The City will also reconstruct the road, sidewalks and grass medians of Pie-IX Boulevard between Henri-Bourassa Boulevard and Notre-Dame Street East.

    Improvement of public property design

    The project will improve residents’ surroundings by planting several hundred trees, widening sidewalks, refurbishing the road, medians and lighting, and installing new traffic lights. The improvements will turn the area into a multifunctional environment where public transportation will be an important part of residents’ travel habits.

    A project with benefits for the entire network

    This infrastructure will accommodate the various STM bus lines and bus lines of other transit companies that will regularly travel the entire length or part of Pie-IX Boulevard. The project will also improve bus service in neighbourhoods near the Pie-IX BRT as well as areas farther away.

    The architectural work of the BRT shelters located north of Pierre-De Coubertin avenue in Montreal has been completed. The installation of equipment and the finalization of these shelters will begin in the spring of 2022, and end in fall of 2022. A total of 38 BRT shelters will cross the 13 kilometers of the integrated BRT Pie-IX project.

    The new BRT shelters measure nearly 30 meters, are 100% accessible and will be equipped with electronic displays indicating the passage of buses in real time. The intersections where they will be installed will include digital and audible counting pedestrian lights.

    To discover the completed construction of BRT shelters in Laval.

    The installation of 68 iterations of the artwork KYRIELLE, by Jean-Sébastien Denis, on the Pie-IX BRT shelters has begun!

    Jean-Sébastien Denis created the piece Kyrielle : the first piece created for the bus network.

    A total of 68 works of art will be displayed on bus shelter wall panels along the 13-kilometre route of the BRT. I

    The artwork is included in the Pie-IX BRT project as per the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics and is the first piece created for the bus network.

    To know more about the artist's approach.

    The Saint-Martin BRT shelters, as well as the De la Concorde East drop-off area are now in service. The Pie-IX BRT will be fully commissioned in Laval at the same time as the Montréal service, in late 2022. In Laval, the Pie-IX BRT project includes three stops with BRT shelters and a drop-off area :

    Pie-IX/Saint-Martin bus stops:

    • East stop – SRB Pie-IX/Saint-Martin (62008)
    • West stop – Stationnement incitatif Saint-Martin (61274)

    Pie-IX/De la Concorde bus stops:

    • West stop – Near the parking lot of the Centre de la nature
    • Drop-off area along the Pie-IX BRT at the intersection of Route 125/Boulevard Pie-IX and De la Concorde East. This bus stop does not have a BRT shelter.

    Consult the accessibility page for more info on the external medias.

    See Discover the 3 BRT shelters in Laval on YouTube

    Work under way in Montreal (except fot pedestrian tunnel construction near Jean-Talon and Pie-IX)

    Towards a gradual commissioning of the Pie-IX BRT in Montréal at the end of 2022

    The Pie-IX BRT project is well underway, and the fourth and final phase of the work has begun in most areas of Pie-IX Boulevard north of Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue. This phase will be completed in the fall of 2022. There will be a testing period for the BRT service before the gradual commissioning of the reserved lanes in late 2022. 

    The work carried out in this final phase includes:

    • Finishing the BRT shelters and installing artwork
    • Installing the lighting system and traffic lights
    • Completing the landscaping work on the boulevard
    • Finalizing the pavement and lane markings

    Traffic on Pie-IX Boulevard in 2022

    The final lane configuration is in place on Pie-IX Boulevard. Two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes are open to traffic, except for the Jean-Talon area.

    Buses: The buses will remain in service in the right lane of Pie-IX Boulevard, and will continue their regular routes on Pie-IX, except in the Jean-Talon area where detours are in place.

    Occasional work and paving on Pie-IX Boulevard

    As the work progresses, temporary closures in specific areas of Pie-IX Boulevard may be occasionally required.

    Work underway in the Jean-Talon area

    Please see the next tab for more information about work in the area of Jean-Talon Street and Pie-IX Boulevard, including the construction of the pedestrian tunnel between the Pie-IX BRT and the future métro station on the Blue line extension. A detailed map of bus detours in this sector is also available.

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    Work schedule: The work schedule will adjust to the progress of the site. The work could take place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and on weekends between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Exceptionally, work may also take place in the evening or at night.This work could be postponed in the event of operational constraints or unfavorable weather conditions.

    On-street parking: Parking restrictions will be in effect on Pie-IX Boulevard. Follow all posted signage. Given the current setup of Pie-IX Boulevard, there will be no stopping unless otherwise indicated. Specific spaces will be reserved as loading zones. Follow all posted signage regarding these spaces.

    Sidewalks and access: Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained at all times. Sidewalks may occasionally be obstructed; in this event, pedestrian detours will be implemented.

    Garbage, recycling and organic waste collection: Collection schedules will be maintained for the duration of the work. Please clearly identify your bins.

    Businesses on Pie-IX Boulevard: Please note that the businesses on Pie-IX Boulevard will remain open during the work.

    Water shut-offs: Water may be shut off during certain work. Notices will be distributed to affected homes 48 hours before a shut-off. We ask that you pay close attention to these notices so that you can prepare accordingly.

    Follow the project’s progress: srbpieix.ca/inscription

    IMPORTANT: Work may be postponed in the event of operational constraints or unfavourable weather.

    Under construction: Pedestrian tunnel leading from the Pie-IX BRT to the future Blue line extension station

    Major work is currently underway on the Pie-IX BRT to build a pedestrian tunnel leading from the Pie-IX BRT to the future Blue line extension station. Work includes excavating the Jean-Talon / Pie-IX intersection, relocating a water main, building the pedestrian tunnel, two elevators, staircases, and two BRT shelters.

    Why is Blue line extension work being integrated into the Pie-IX BRT project?

    • Avoids having to interrupt the BRT service during métro construction work
    • Reduces the number of worksites required
    • Ensures efficient management of public funds

    A unique bus shelter at this intersection

    Once completed, this comfortable, well-lit, windowed BRT shelter at Pie-IX and Jean-Talon will include digital displays showing the next bus departures in real time. An elevator and stairs will lead directly to the future métro station on the Blue line extension, so that transferring customers will not have to cross the street. Find out more about this future installation (French only).

    Work is well underway in the area of Pie-IX boulevard and Jean-Talon street

    A 22,000 m³ hole, approximately 7 olympic swimming pools, is dug at the intersection of Blvd Pie-IX and Jean-Talon street. This excavation allows the construction of the underground pedestrian tunnel that will link the Pie-IX BRT to the future metro station of the blue line extension.

    Work area

    Work is taking place on Pie-IX Boulevard, between Bélair and Everett streets, and on Jean-Talon Street, between 22nd and 23rd avenues. Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained at all times, but sidewalks will be blocked occasionally.

    Work schedule: The work schedule will adjust to the progress of the site. Exceptionally, work may also take place in the evening or at night.This work could be postponed in the event of operational constraints or unfavorable weather conditions.

    On-street parking: Current regulations prohibit parking on Pie-IX Boulevard. However, during the work, parking will be permitted exceptionally on the east side of the Boulevard between Bélanger and Bélair.

    Sidewalks and access: The sidewalk will be partially blocked due to excavation at the intersection of Pie-IX and Jean-Talon. Detours will be set up for pedestrians.

    Garbage, recycling and organic waste collection: Collection schedules will be maintained for the duration of the work. Please clearly identify your bins.

    Businesses on Pie-IX Boulevard: Please note that the businesses on Pie-IX Boulevard will remain open during the work.

    Water shut-offs: Water may be shut off during certain work. Notices will be distributed to affected homes 48 hours before a shut-off. We ask that you pay close attention to these notices so that you can prepare accordingly.

    Follow the project’s progress: srbpieix.ca/inscription

    IMPORTANT: Work may be postponed in the event of operational constraints or unfavourable weather.

     

    Jean-Talon / Pie-IX area (between Everett and Bélair streets) :

    • The western intersection of Pie-IX boul. and Everett street: Closed completely to traffic
    • Traffic is maintained in both directions on Pie-IX Boulevard between Villeray and Everett. A northbound lane and a southbound lane are available, on the east side of Pie-IX Boulevard.
    • Local traffic is however permitted for residents on the west side between Villeray and Everett streets as well as for residents between Everett and Jean-Talon streets.
    • Temporary parking lots will be maintained on Pie-IX Boulevard between Jean-Talon and Everett streets, east side.
    • Implementation of bus detours for lines running on Pie-IX.

    Work will take place on streets adjacent to Pie-IX Boulevard. Streets near the Jean-Talon/Pie-IX area may be partially closed.

    Jean-Talon / Pie-IX area

    The 141 - Jean-Talon, 188 - Couture and 372 - Jean-Talon bus lines are diverted to the streets adjacent to the work. A reserved lane is in place on the Bélanger and Provencher corridors to optimize service.

    Texte important

    Lines 141 - Jean-Talon, 188 - Couture and 372 - Jean-Talon are now diverted westbound on Villeray Street between 24e Avenue and 21e Avenue due to work at the intersection of boulevard Pie -IX and Everett Street.

    Bus lines 41 - Quartier Saint-Michel/Ahuntsic, 139 - Pie-IX, 439 - Express Pie-IX and 355 - Pie-IX are also diverted in this area. 

    Please note that the Amos station is now closed, as there is no longer any bus service at that stop. The station’s fare vending machine is no longer in service.

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    Notices to residents

    *This information is available only in French: srbpieix.ca

    To receive notices regarding work underway, write to us at info@srbpieix.ca.

    FAQ

    For questions or comments, please contact us.

    • 514-287-8919
    • info@srbpieix.ca
    • The BRT project will provide safe, reliable and rapid service in a reserved lane, which will reduce to a minimum the possibility of conflicts with other road users.
    • Buses that use their own lane will not be slowed by traffic congestion. In addition, thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the BRT will have priority at traffic lights.
    • The BRT stations will be equipped with cutting-edge technology to keep riders informed in real time.
    • The Pie-IX BRT will mean a reduction in travel time of up to 10 minutes between Henri-Bourassa Boulevard and Notre-Dame street.

    The Amos station opened on October 17, 2016. This first Pie-IX BRT station was built as a prototype. The results will enable optimized construction of the subsequent stations. Considering the word underway on Pie-IX boulevard, the Amos station is currently not in service.

    A number of protection measures will be integrated to ensure the safety of transit users and pedestrians on Pie-IX Boulevard, including:

    • Reduced speed of traffic thanks to narrower lanes
    • Elimination of all left turns unprotected by traffic lights
    • Low concrete walls with guardrails will be built on both sides of the stations to protect users.
    • Fencing installed across from the stations will prevent people from crossing the road other than at intersections.
    • At the intersections where the stations are located, pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown and a call button will be installed at the curb and on the median at station crossings to help pedestrians cross the boulevard.
    • Pedestrian crosswalks will be widened to 5 metres.
    • The reserved BRT lane will be in a different colour, to avoid confusion for car drivers.
    • The reserved BRT line will be used full-time. No other vehicles will be able to use the lane.

    Yes. The BRT stations will be equipped with strips of tactile paving in contrasting colours and be raised up by about 13 mm. Pedestrian crossing lights with digital and audio countdown are also planned for the stations, so that pedestrians will be able to cross Pie-IX Boulevard safely. A wheelchair loading zone is also planned for each of the 17 stations.

    The City of Montréal and the ARTM have agreed to take advantage of the implementation of the Pie-IX BRT to carry out municipal infrastructure work (roadwork and underground systems) that is needed due to the end of the systems’ useful lives and asset capacity limits.

    Integration of municipal infrastructure work into the Pie-IX project has the following advantages:

    • Reduction of both partners’ costs by combining certain worksite expenses
    • Concentration of all of the work during a given period, thus limiting the impact of the work on nearby residents and road users
    • Minimization of inconvenience for residents and users

    The reserved BRT lane will be located in the middle of Pie-IX Boulevard. The lane will be exclusive and permanent. With the BRT, there will no more be conflicts between buses and drivers turning right or vehicles entering and exiting the numerous driveways along Pie-IX Boulevard. The planned configuration will mean reduced travel time and more consistent service than the curbside reserved lane. Customer experience will also be greatly improved with comfortable stations where riders can load through the articulated buses’ three doors and view information in real time. 

    Local residents

    Additional parking alternatives:

    • East side of Pie-IX, between Villeray and Everett
    • East side of Pie-IX, between Bélair and Bélanger

    Garbage collection will be handled by the contractor

    Water spraying to reduce dust as needed

    Pedestrian access to buildings will be maintained

    Local businesses

    Businesses directly affected by the work will be contacted by the project liaison officer to determine what mitigation measures can be taken

    Financial aid program for businesses affected by major work

    • Eligible locations expanded to account for Jean-Talon worksite

    Truck routes

    • Detour to major streets: Pie-IX | Crémazie | Viau
    • Local traffic only on Jean-Talon Street between Viau and Pie-IX  

    Alternate routes for drivers

    • Detour to major streets: St-Michel | Crémazie | Lacordaire

    Mitigation measures in the area

    • Police presence at main intersections affected by detours
    • Mobile message signs placed at strategic intersections

    Major work require new bus detours in the area and a new reserved lane.

    New reserved lane on Bélanger / Provencher

    • Eastbound on Bélanger and northbound on Provencher
    • Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week
    • For buses, taxis and carpools
    • No parking on Provencher or De Buies during hours of operation

    Work to be carried out:

    • Refurbishment of sidewalks
    • Work on electrical conduits
    • Installation of gas lines
    • Work on drainage sumps
    • Work on underground telecommunication network conduits
    • Work on water conduits (aqueducts)
    • Work on storm drains
    • Refurbishment of road
    • Installation of reserved lanes
    • Construction of reserved lanes
    • Construction of stations
    • Refurbishment of central median
    • Replacement of lighting and traffic lights
    • Planting and landscaping

    Various electrification scenarios were analysed, first by the AMT in 2011 and then by the STM in 2013 and 2014.

    Further to these studies, the scenario of an electric bus (or trolleybus) was not retained by the AMT, the City of Montréal or the STM, essentially due to very high costs, the impact of poles and overhead cables, and conflicts between the underground bases needed to support the power supply and municipal underground systems. The bases supporting the poles required for electrification are much larger than normal street light bases. In addition, there would be conflicts between these much larger bases and the roots of the numerous mature trees along the boulevard, the potable water main in the middle of the boulevard and certain sections of the sewer that have been retrofitted by the City of Montréal since 2011 in preparation for the Pie-IX BRT.

    The integrated Pie-IX BRT project will have stations all the way to Laval and includes:

    • The construction of 3 BRT shelters
    • The construction of a park-and-ride lot on Saint-Martin Boulevard
    • The refurbishment of the parking lot at the Centre de la nature de Laval
    • The addition of bike lanes on Saint-Martin and De la Concorde boulevards
    • The planting of hundreds of new trees and shrubs
    • The refurbishment of surface infrastructure (landscaping, geometric reconfiguration and road work)
    • The installation of new LED lighting in the Centre de la nature de Laval parking lot and along the reserved lane
    • The installation of new traffic lights on Saint-Martin and De la Concorde boulevards
    • The construction of conduits for the Ville de Laval’s future fibre optic network
    • The construction of new drainage systems

    A major retrofit of the Pie-IX Bridge between Laval and Montréal, part of Route 125, is currently under way, and a BRT reserved lane is part of the project. The Ministère des Transports (MTQ) is in charge of work and communications related to the Pie-IX Bridge. The work began in September and will be completed in 2023.

    If you have questions about the major refurbishment of the Pie-IX Bridge, please contact the project team at pontpieix@transports.gouv.qc.ca.

    Improvements to the reserved lane on the Pie-IX Bridge are possible thanks to funding from the federal government as part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

     

    Jean-Sébastien Denis created the piece Kyrielle : the first piece created for the bus network.

    In Laval, the artwork’s first variations have been installed on the wall panels of BRT shelters.A total of 68 works of art will be displayed on bus shelter wall panels along the 13-kilometre route of the BRT.

    The artwork is included in the Pie-IX BRT project as per the Politique d’intégration des arts à l’architecture et à l’environnement des bâtiments et des sites gouvernementaux et publics. This policy requires all government organizations to build artwork into their construction projects and allocates a fixed amount of funding equivalent to a percentage of the estimated building cost. The artist selection process is handled entirely by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.

    About the artwork

    “Presented in pairs, the pieces appear as geometric variations inspired by the diamond emblem of the Pie-IX BRT project. […] The forms evoke both the sinuous twisting of a road and the constant movement that characterizes the comings and goings of public transit.” 

    “As a symbolic reflection of the multiculturalism of public transit users, KYRIELLE seeks to honour the hybrid identities of Montréal and Laval and to revive a sense of pride, belonging and citizenship. The project is not only a vivid way to promote the new face of the Pie-IX BRT but also a chance to truly highlight the cultural diversity that drives both cities, while presenting a joyful, unifying vision of the street.” 

    More information about the artist

    Consultations and information evenings

    In the spring of 2017, to answer the concerns expressed by shops, industries and institutions, the integrated project office team set up the Comité d'affaires SRB Pie-IX (Pie-IX BRT business committee).

    Minutes of meetings (in French only):

    Presentations (in French only):

    Good neighbours committees

    The committees give Pie-IX Boulevard residents a chance to meet periodically during the work to receive up-to-date information and share their concerns. This ongoing cooperation is aimed at minimizing or avoiding negative impacts of the work on citizens and maximizing positive benefits.

    The project in images


    The Pie-IX BRT project is a joint effort between the ARTM, the City of Montréal , the Ministère des Transports (MTQ)the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), and their partners, the City Laval,  the Société de transport de Laval (STL), exola Société québecoise des infrastructures (SQI) as well as the various boroughs served.

    The Pie-IX BRT project is one of the projects developed following the declaration made by the Government of Quebec and the City of Montréal to revitalize the east end of Montréal. Many others are underway to breathe new life into the area. Increased mobility, economic development and improved living environments for citizens are the main focuses of this ambitious undertaking. Visit Québec.ca/RevitalisationEstMontreal to learn more.

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