The STM announces the implementation of bus and taxi priority measures on Gouin Boulevard

Press release

Implementation of a reserved lane for buses and taxis on Gouin Boulevard as of October 21, 2019

Montréal, October 16, 2019 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing the implementation of a reserved lane for buses and taxis on Gouin Boulevard, between Beauséjour Street and Chemin du Golf, and between O’Brien Boulevard and De St-Castin Avenue, in the Cartierville sector of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough, as of October 21, 2019.

“This new reserved lane is in line with our efforts to pursue the implementation of bus priority measures. In addition to reserved lanes, these installations on the road system ensure that priority is given to public transit and improve the efficiency and on-time delivery of service,” says Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the STM.

“Public transit is a concrete solution that allows Montrealers to optimize their travel time. Our administration encourages the implementation of reserved bus lanes, which help reduce traffic congestion by moving  more people more efficiently,” says Éric Alan Caldwell, City of Montréal executive committee member responsible for urban planning, transportation and the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.

“The Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough will soon be adopting its Local Transportation Plan, which aims to promote the use of public and active transportation. During the consultations held in preparation for this plan, it became clear that the Bordeaux-Cartierville district needed to be better served by public transportation. The implementation of bus priority measures on Gouin Boulevard West will improve service in this major corridor during peak periods and is therefore very good news,” says Émilie Thuillier, Mayor of Ahuntsic-Cartierville.

Totalling 2.2 kilometres in length (both directions), the reserved lane will be operational Monday to Friday from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in both directions between Beauséjour Street and Chemin du Golf and eastbound only between O’Brien Boulevard and De St-Castin Avenue. Other bus priority measures (BPM) will be implemented in a second phase on Gouin Boulevard in 2019, with the replacement of traffic light controls to enable bus detection at intersections and respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses to improve travel times. These measures will benefit approximately 30,000 daily trips, including 15,000 mostly during peak periods on the 68 Pierrefonds, 69 Gouin and 468 Express Pierrefonds lines.

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