The city of Montreal has agreed in principle to the project for the implementation of preferential measures for buses on Beaubien and the Autoroute 25 corridor
Montreal, 5 February 2003 Tonight, the city of Montreals executive committee agreed in principle to the project for the implementation of preferential measures on Beaubien and the Autoroute 25 corridor. This decision enables the STM to present its project to the ministère des Transports du Québec in order to obtain a subsidy covering 75 % of the admissible costs under the Programme daide au transport en commun.
According to M. Claude Dauphin, chairman of the board of directors of the STM and the person responsible for the transportation dossiers at the city of Montreal, "the implementation of these preferential measures will enable us to improve the efficiency and speed of public transit to the great benefit of thousands of passengers who use our services on these routes every day".
In actual fact, the STM provides more than 25,500 trips each weekday on the Beaubien artery and more than 20,500 on the artery running eastbound to Autoroute 25. The installation of priority traffic lights, the creation of a reserved lane on certain arteries, the enhancement of overhead and roadside signs, the extension of stopping zones at certain intersections and interventions targeted at resolving certain traffic problems will allow clients on lines 18-Beaubien, 44-Armand-Bombardier, 77-Cegep Marie-Victorin, 148-Maurice-Duplessis, 194-métrobus Rivière-des-Prairies and 199-métrobus Lacordaire to save between 2 and 12.5 minutes per trip.
These management measures designed to improve bus circulation are valued at more than $2.5 million, approximately $1.9 million for the Beaubien artery and $638,000 for the Autoroute 25 corridor.
"We are confident that the MTQ will support our requests, as the measures we are proposing to improve service and increase ridership are flexible, complementary and effective. Moreover, this project has the advantage of benefiting public transit without restricting automobile traffic, curbside parking or access to the east and west portions of the autoroute, criteria that the MTQ will certainly consider in its analysis", concluded M. Dauphin.