STM announces improved bus service for next fall in several sectors of Montréal

Press release

The STM has announced that it plans to improve bus service in certain sectors of Montréal starting August 27.

Montréal, May 2, 2018 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has announced that it plans to improve bus service in certain sectors of Montréal, namely Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Chabanel and Griffintown. Adopted by the STM Board of Directors at this evening’s meeting, the bus system improvements, which are aimed at enhancing transit users’ experience, will be implemented starting August 27.

Additional service in the Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles borough

The STM plans to enhance its service in the Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles sector, with the creation of a north-south link designed to reduce public transit travel time and the number of transfers. To achieve this, it will launch the new 81 – Saint-Jean-Baptiste line, providing access to shops, employment hubs and cultural activities between the Roussin community centre in Pointe-aux-Trembles and Espace-Rivière in Rivière-des-Prairies. Changes will also be made to the 40 – Henri-Bourassa-Est, 86 – Pointe-aux-Trembles and 183 – Gouin Est lines, with a view to harmonizing service with the new 81 Saint-Jean-Baptiste line and improving public transit options in the borough.

Improved service in the Chabanel sector

The STM will improve service in this area in order to facilitate access to jobs and shops and make the Chabanel sector more attractive for businesses and residential and commercial construction projects. The upcoming changes will simplify trips to this part of Montréal. They include a modified 54 – Charland/Chabanel line, which will become the main access route to the Chabanel sector. Lines 19 – Chabanel/Marché Central and 53 – Boulevard Saint-Laurent will be merged and become the 19 – Chabanel/Marché Central line, providing expanded service to the Marché Central shops, including weekends. In September 2017, the 55 Saint-Laurent line was extended to the Henri-Bourassa station.

Creation of the 35 – Griffintown line

Given the booming residential sector in Griffintown, the STM plans to improve public transit in this area with a new service linking the Sud-Ouest to downtown, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every 20 minutes during rush hours and every 30 minutes outside rush hours and on weekends. The 35 – Griffintown line will start at the Place-Saint-Henri métro station and then follow Notre-Dame Street through the Saint-Henri and Petite-Bourgogne neighbourhoods to Griffintown. It will also serve the Ville-Marie and Sud-Ouest boroughs, including the Lionel-Groulx métro station and the Cité-du-Multimédia and Quartier international districts. The line will end in the Quartier des Spectacles, at the Place-des-Arts métro station.

Better access to Mount Royal

Already accessible via several bus lines, including the 11 – Parc-du-Mont-Royal/Ridgewood line, Mount Royal will also be served by public transit for the second year in a row by the 711 – Parc-du-Mont-Royal/Oratoire line, which will include two new bus stops, located at the entrance to Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery and at the future “Soleil” lookout. Service on this line will begin on weekends between June 2 and 17, and will then be available seven days a week during the summer. Weekend service will be extended as of August 27.