Bus preferential measures (BPM)

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New bus priority measures, including new reserved lanes, will be implemented in 2018. For more informations, go to the Discover the new reserved lanes section.

Why bus preferential measures?

Bus preferential measures (BPM) consist of installations on the road system that ensure priority is given to public transit, thereby improving the reliability and on-time delivery of service, and increasing public transportation’s attractiveness and modal share.

Such measures make it possible to provide:

  • faster, more regular and timely service giving public transit a competitive edge over cars;
  • shorter travel times for passengers`;
  • a lesser environmental impact thanks to fewer GHG emissions;
  • and lower deployment costs.

BPMs include:

Reserved lanes

They allow buses and taxis, and sometimes bikes and cars including more than one passenger, to operate on an exclusive roadway, thus avoiding traffic congestion, while offering significant advantages in terms of reliability, timeliness and comfort for passengers. 

They feature ground markings, separate signage (either lane-side or overhead) and are operational during rush hour, off-peak periods or 24 hours a day.

Queue bypass lanes

With road markings and special signage, queue bypass lanes enable buses to avoid traffic as they approach certain intersections.

« Candlestick » priority traffic signals for buses

When the vertical white light appears on traffic signals, buses are given priority and a head start over motorists.

  • Priority departure for buses at intersections
  • 4- to 5-second head start
  • In the direction of heaviest ridership

 

Active priority traffic lights

Buses request priority from traffic signals as they approach an intersection. Either the green light or white priority signal is extended, allowing the bus to drive through and avoid stopping for a red light.

Reserved lanes

Example - Boulevard Saint-Michel reserved lane

  • 40,000 passenger rides a day on the 67 and 467 bus lines
  • 15 to 20% shorter travel times, or 6 to 8 minutes saved
  • On-time bus performance: 94.6%
  • 45 tons of avoided GHG emissions

Opinions expressed by passengers

  • 95% of customers believe bus preferential measures are useful and improve their ride
  • 91% feel that bus schedules are complied with and investments are worthwhile
  • 82% notice shorter travel times and 81% want reserved lanes for all bus service
  • And 73% enjoy greater comfort

Source: STM passenger survey - 2010

Discover the new reserved lanes

2018

Buses operating on the Sherbrooke street east now travel in a reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools between Haig and Parthenais.

Hours of operation :

Monday to Friday between Haig and Parthenais

  • Westbound : from 6 : 30 to 9 : 30 a.m.
  • Eastbound : from 3 : 30 to 6 : 30 p.m.

Most sections of this new reserved lane will be open to carpools (two or more people).

Bus lines impacted by the new reserved lane:

  • 24 Sherbrooke
  • 185 Sherbrooke
  • 432 Express Lacordaire lines

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Other BPMs will also be implemented on Sherbrooke Street in 2018, with the addition of priority traffic lights (white candlestick lights) for buses, which will operate during off-peak periods. Buses will be given priority when crossing intersections where these signals are installed. A second phase of work will see these traffic lights upgraded with smart technology to respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses to improve travel times.

 

These measures will benefit approximately 29,600 daily trips, including 9,000 mostly during peak periods, on those three bus lines.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

For more information, go to our press room.

New reserved lanes on the Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard

Buses operating on the Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard now travel in a reserved lane for buses, taxis and bikes on Maurice-Duplessis Boulevard.

Hours of operation :

Monday to Friday

Westbound :

  • from 6 : 30 to 9 : 30 a.m. : 87 avenue to Saint-Jean-Baptiste Boul.
  • from 6 : 30 to 9 : 00 a.m. : 56 avenue to Langelier Boul.

Eastbound :

  • from 3 : 30 to 6 : 00 p.m.: Langelier Boul. to Rivière-des-Prairies Boul.

Bus lines impacted by the new reserved lanes:

  • 49- Maurice-Duplessis
  • 48- Perras, 43- Monselet
  • 69- Gouin,
  • 81 Saint-Jean-Baptiste (new line starting August 27)
  • 86- Pointe-aux-Trembles
  • 183- Gouin
  • 444- Express Cégep Marie-Victorin
  • 448- Express Maurice-Duplessis
  • 449- Express Rivière-des-Prairies
  • 428- Express Parcs industriels de l'Est
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PRIORITY TRAFFIC LIGHTS

Other bus priority measures will also be implemented in a second phase on Maurice-Duplessis in 2018, with the addition of priority traffic lights (white candlestick lights) for buses, between the Désy Avenue and the Rivière-des-Prairies Boulevard, during off-peak periods. Buses will be given priority when crossing intersections where these signals are installed.

More spaces for bikes:

The Maurice-Duplessis reserved lane becomes the 3rd reserved bus-bike lane in Montreal. With these reserved lanes, cyclists benefit from an increase in space reserved for them. Sharing the road is thus easier, safer and more collaborative.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

For more information, go to the press room.

Bus preferential measures on Notre-Dame Est corridor

Buses operating on the Notre-Dame Est corridor now travel in reserved lanes, dedicated to buses.

  • Notre-Dame Est reserved lane : 6: 30 to 9 : 00 a.m. Westbound between  Georges-V and Beaurivage
  • René-Lévesque reserved lane: 6: 30 to 9 : 30 a.m. Westbound and from 3: 30 to 6 : 30 p.m. Westbound between Papineau and Berri 

Bus lines impacted by the new reserved lanes:

  • 22 – Notre-Dame
  • 150 – René-Lévesque
  • 410 – Express Notre-Dame
  • 430 – Express Pointe-aux-Trembles

Monday to friday: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. around René-Lévesque. Also 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. between Beaurivage and Georges-V on Notre-Dame Est.

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Since 2017, priority traffic lights have gradually been installed on the Notre-Dame Est corridor and others will be over the coming months to complete all bus preferential measures. These bus preferential measures will benefit approximately 10,000 daily trips.

This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

For more information, go to the press room.

 

2017

Reserved lane along four sections of rue Wellington, between Rhéaume and Ann streets.

Buses are now travelling on a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, from Monday to Friday. 

Hours of operation:

  • From 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Southbound:
- between Jean-Talon and Bélanger.
- between saint-Zotique and Beaubien.

  • From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Northbound:
- between Saint-Zotique and Jean-Talon.

  Bus lines impacted by new reserved lane:

  • 44 – Armand-Bombardier
  • 95 – Bélanger
  • 460 – Express Métropolitaine

About 22,000 passenger rides are taken each day during rush hour aboard these bus lines.

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New priority traffic lights will be installed between Jarry and Beaubien, in a second phase of work, to complete all bus preferential measures along that corridor.   

The infrastructure work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

For more information,
go to the press room.

Reserved lane along four sections of rue Wellington, between Rhéaume and Ann streets.

Buses now travel on a new reserved lane project for buses, taxis and bikes, from Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation:

  • From 6:30 to 9:00 a.m.

Eastbound:

- between Rhéaume and Gilberte-Dubé streets / bus-taxi lane.

- between Fortune and De la Sucrerie / bus-taxi-bike lane.

- between Peel and Ann streets / bus-taxi lane.

  • From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    Eastbound:

- between Rhéaume and Gilberte-Dubé streets / bus-taxi lane.

Westbound:

- from De la Sucrerie to Charron / bus-taxi-bike lane.

- from the Highway 15 overpass to rue Gilberte-Dubé / bus-taxi-bike lane.

  Bus lines impacted by new reserved lane:

  • 21 – Place-du-Commerce
  • 57 – Pointe-Saint-Charles
  • 61 – Wellington,
  • 71 – Du Centre
  • 74 – Bridge
  • 715 – Vieux-Port

About 1,700 passenger rides are taken each day during rush hour aboard these bus lines.

It's a second!

This is the second test of cohabitation between buses and bikes in a reserved lane.

New priority traffic lights will gradually be deployed between Woodland and Nazareth streets to complete the bus preferential measures program along that corridor. In a second phase of work, these traffic lights will be upgraded with smart technology to respond to requests for priority sent by buses, in real time, in order to improve travel times for nearly 11,000 passenger rides per day.

The infrastructure work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

For more information,
go to the press room

A new reserved lane for buses and taxis on boulevard Henri-Bourassa benefits some 4 000 passenger rides taken during rush hour, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation:

From 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • Westbound: from Place Vermandère to Douglas-B.-Floreani
  • Eastbound: from Douglas‐B.‐Floreani to Place Vermandère, except for the short stretch from de Miniac and Brabant‐Marineau

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • Westbound only: from Place Vermandère to Douglas‐B.‐Floreani

  Bus lines impacted by new reserved lane:

  • 164 – Dudemaine
  • 177 – Thimens
  • 215 – Henri-Bourassa
  • 225 – Hymus.
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Bus priority lights will be installed in a second phase of work to complete all bus priority measures along this corridor.

The infrastructure work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

For more information,
go to the press room

2016

A brand-new entrance is opened for users of lines 439 Express Pie-IX and 139 Pie-lX southbound. Located at the intersection of Boulevard Pie-lX and Rue d’Amos, this is the very first waiting area in operation under the Pie-lX BRT (Bus Rapid Transit service)

Watch out for the changes. The bus stop located on Boul. Pie-lX and Rue D’Amos is being moved to the AMOS station, and the bus stops located on Rue Arthur-Champoux and Rue Martial have been adjusted to the new southbound reserved lane between Boulevard Henri-Bourassa and Rue Charleroi.

The fares and schedules in force remain the same.

Advantages of the AMOS station

  • Time saved thanks to the reserved lane section
  • Safe access
  • Spacious and comfortable weather-protected entrance
  • Transit pass dispensers
  • Validation of passes on OPUS card or L’Occasionnelle card before boarding
  • Boarding by all doors of the bus;

Discover this integrated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service project on Boulevard Pie-IX by visiting:

https://rtm.quebec/en/news/projects/pie-ix-bus-rapid-transit

Between De Jumonville and Renoir

Buses operating on five lines now travel in a reserved lane, dedicated to buses, taxis and carpools, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

Southbound:

6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • between Amos and Charleroi; Grandes-Prairies and Galets; Paimpol and Jean-Talon; Saint-Zotique and Jumonville.
  • Overall length: 4.25 km.

Northbound:

3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

  • between Jean-Talon and Paimpol; Galets and Grandes-Prairies; Charleroi and Renoir.
  • Overall length: 2.9 km

Total overall length of reserved lane: 7.15 km

Buses lines using this new reserved lane:

Main bus lines:  32 – Lacordaire and 432 – Express Lacordaire

Bus lines operating on portions of reserved lane:  33 – Langelier, 69 – Gouin and 439 – Express Pie-IX

Cars with 2 or more passengers can also use the reserved lane.

This reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools is made possible with the collaboration of the City of Montréal, the Montréal-Nord, Saint-Léonard and Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie boroughs and Transports Québec.

For more information,
go to our press room

Between boulevard Rosemont and rue Sherbrooke

Bus lines 139 and 439 now travel on a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, from Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

Southbound: from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This section of reserved lane is in operation because of the work to reconfigure the Pie-IX - Sherbrooke intersection and of the integrated project for bus rapid service (SRB) on boulevard Pie-IX.

To learn more about the Pie-IX SRB project, go to  srbpieix.ca

2015

Between rue De Normanville and boulevard Pie-IX.

The 18 - Beaubien bus line now travels in a reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

Westbound:

  • between 20e Avenue and 1ere Avenue, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • between avenue De Lorimier and rue Fabre, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Eastbound: 

  • between rue De Normanville and avenue De Lorimier, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • between 1ere Avenue and boulevard Pie-IX, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Note: This is actually an extension of the reserved lane with priority traffic lights initially deployed on rue Beaubien in 2009.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis was made possible in cooperation with the city of Montréal and Transport Québec (MTQ).

Between boulevard Gouin and avenue Saint-Louis

All 208 - Brunswick, 209 - Des Sources, 409 - Express Des Sources and 475 - Express Dollard-des-Ormeaux buses now travel in a new lane reserved for buses, taxis and carpools, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation:

Southbound:

From 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.

  • between Gouin and De Salaberry boulevards
  • between Hymus boulevard and avenue Saint-Louis 

Northbound:

From 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.

  • between avenue Reverchon and boulevard Hymus
  • between De Salaberry and De Pierrefonds boulevards 

Cars with 2 or more occupants can use the reserved lane.

Parking on boulevard des Sources is prohibited at all time.

This reserved lane for buses, taxis and carpools is made possible with the cooperation of the city of Montréal, the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro, the city of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, the city of Pointe Claire and Transports Québec.

For more details - Press Room

Between Victor-Doré and De Beauharnois streets

All 179 de l’Acadie and 180 de Salaberry buses now travel in a new lane reserved for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of operation

Southbound:

  • between Victor-Doré and Lavigerie streets, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • between Caroline-Béique and Beauharnois, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.

Northbound:

  • between Legendre and Louvain streets, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.
  • between Port-Royal and Place de l’Acadie, from 3:30 to 18:30 p.m.
 

Cars :

Car traffic and parking will be prohibited once the reserved lane is operational.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is made possible with the cooperation of the city of Montréal and Transports Québec.

Press Room

2014

Ride aboard the 64 Grenet and 468 Express Pierrefonds/Gouin bus lines and travel along a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of service

  • Southbound : between De Mésy and Deguire, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Northbound : between Deguire and De Serres, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On-street parking is permitted on opposite side of reserved lane during operation hours.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is a joint initiative by the city of Montréal and Transports Québec.

Two new reserved lane segments are in service

  • between De Viterbe and Saint-Zotique
  • between Rosemont and Pierre-De Coubertin

Southbound: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Northbound: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m

Automobile traffic and parking are not permitted in the reserved lanes when in service

PILOT PROJECT - bus-bike-taxi reserved lane between Rosemont and Pierre-De Coubertin

Montréal is well known for its citizens’ interest in alternative methods of transportation including buses and bikes. This pilot project allowing for the cohabitation of these two forms of transportation.

Viau reserved lane offers several benefits:

  • Trips that are more efficient
  • Service that is more regular and more punctual
  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions in your sector
  • A safe and comfortable layout for the movement of buses and bikes

It’s a first!

This is the first test of cohabitation between buses and bikes in a reserved lane. We will conduct assessments and,depending on the results, this type of reserved lane could be implemented elsewhere in Montréal.

Ride aboard the 105 Sherbrooke and 420 Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce bus lines and travel along a new reserved lane for buses and taxis, Monday to Friday.

Hours of service

  • Eastbound : between Elmhurst and Girouard, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Westbound : between Addington and West Broadway, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On-street parking is permitted on opposite side of reserved lane during operation hours.

This reserved lane for buses and taxis is a joint initiative by the city of Montréal and Transports Québec.

 
 

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