The STM annouces the implementation of bus, taxi and bike priority measures on Thimens Boulevard

Press release

Implementation of a reserved lane for buses, taxis and bikes on Thimens Boulevard, as of December 17.

Montréal, December 13, 2018 – The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is announcing the implementation of a reserved lane for buses, taxis and bikes on Thimens Boulevard, between Alexis-Nihon and Henri-Bourassa Ouest (westbound) Boulevards as well as between Cousens Street and Alexis-Nihon (eastbound) Boulevard, as of December 17, 2018.

Totalling 8 kilometres in length (both directions), the reserved lane will be operational from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. westbound and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. eastbound from Monday to Friday. Other bus priority measures (BPM) will be implemented in a second phase on Thimens Boulevard in 2019, with the addition of priority traffic lights (white candlestick lights), which will operate during off-peak periods. These traffic lights will be upgraded with smart technology to respond to real-time requests for priority sent by buses to provide priority at intersections and improve travel times.

These measures will benefit approximately 21,000 daily trips, including 8,000 made mostly during peak periods on the 128 Ville-Saint-Laurent, 171 Henri-Bourassa, 177 Thimens, 213 Parc-Industriel-Saint-Laurent and 225 Hymus bus lines.

“This new reserved lane project for buses, taxis and bikes will be the fourth road-sharing project between these modes of transportation. The initiative will improve travel time efficiency and bus service reliability in the corridor as well as benefit citizens who choose sustainable modes of transportation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners involved in this project for their efforts,” says Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the STM.

“Our administration is committed to improving the offer of sustainable transportation over the entire Montréal territory. The bus, taxi and bike priority measures on the Boulevard Thimens corridor help improve the quality of the bus service while increasing the number of bike lanes. This is an example of road-sharing that benefits Montrealers who choose to use public and active modes of transportation,” says Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal.

“We are very pleased with the continued roll-out of the bus priority measures provided for in the Saint-Laurent borough’s local transportation plan, adopted in 2017,” says Alan DeSousa, Mayor of Saint-Laurent. “They increase public transit’s competitiveness over single-occupant car use and provide our citizens with improved access to quality mobility. Also, road-sharing with bikes promotes the use of a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation, while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is thanks to this excellent collaboration with the STM and other partners that Saint-Laurent remains at the forefront of mobility and sustainable development.”

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. They include reserved lanes and bus priority traffic lights. This work is made possible through funding from the Ministère des Transports.


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

Marc-Olivier Fritsch
Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent

Geneviève Jutras
Attachée de presse de la mairesse
Cabinet de la mairesse de Montréal et du comité exécutif
514 243-1268