The STM announces the implementation of bus and taxi priority measures on Robert-Bourassa Blvd


Montréal, October 14, 2021 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing the implementation of a reserved lane for buses and taxis on Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, northbound between René-Lévesque Boulevard and Cathcart Street and southbound between René-Lévesque Boulevard and Saint-Jacques Street in the Ville-Marie borough, starting October 18.

Both sections total 600 metres in length and will be reserved Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. These new sections will be added to others like it already in service along this corridor south of St-Jacques Street. Other bus priority measures (BPM) will be implemented in another phase on Robert-Bourassa Boulevard. Bus priority traffic lights (candlestick lights) will be added, and traffic light controls will be replaced to detect buses at intersections and respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses, thus improving bus service reliability and travel times in this area.

These measures will eventually benefit approximately 13,000 trips daily, more than half of which are taken during peak periods on lines 35 Griffintown, 36 Monk, 61 Wellington, 74 Bridge, 168 Cité-du-Havre, 178 Pointe-Nord / Île-des-Sœurs and 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

This work is made possible through funding from the Ministère des Transports du Québec.