STM announces new bus priority measures on Notre-Dame Est corridor

Press release

The Notre-Dame Est corridor, which includes a section of René-Lévesque Boulevard, will open as of Monday, July 9, 2018.

Montréal, July 3, 2018 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing the implementation of bus priority measures on the Notre-Dame Est corridor, including a section of René-Lévesque Boulevard, as of Monday, July 9, 2018. These measures affect the Ville-Marie and Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve boroughs.

The reserved lanes will be operational weekdays, westbound only. The reserved lane on Notre-Dame Est between Georges-V and Beaurivage will be in operation from 6:30 to 9 a.m., while the lane on René-Lévesque, between Papineau and Berri, will be in operation from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“The implementation of these priority measures clearly illustrates the synergy between the different Montréal partners and the concerted effort to develop public transit. More specifically, Notre-Dame Est is a strategically important corridor carrying thousands of road users into the city centre each day, our customers included,” says Mr. Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the STM Board of Directors.

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 priority measures.

These bus priority measures will benefit approximately 10,000 daily trips on part or all of the following bus lines: 22 Notre-Dame, 86 Pointe-aux-Trembles, 150 René-Lévesque, 189 Notre-Dame, 410 Express Notre-Dame, 430 Express Pointe-aux-Trembles and 487 Express Bout-de-l’Île.

Bus priority measures are installations on the road system that ensure priority is given to public transit, thereby improving the reliability and on-time delivery of service. Such measures, that include reserved lanes and bus priority traffic lights, cut down travel times by about 10%. This work was made possible thanks to funding from the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.

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Isabelle A. Tremblay
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Société de transport de Montréal (STM)