STM to launch four new reserved bus lanes in 2023

Posted: 1 May 2023 | | No comments yet

In line with STM’s Mouvement bus plan, the introduction of the four new reserved lanes in Montreal will not only improve the city’s bus network but also promote active and public transportation.

STM announce new reserved lanes for 2023

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The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the City of Montreal have announced the commissioning of new reserved bus lanes in 2023, as part of their regular programme of bus priority measures (BPM).

The four new reserved lanes will be introduced on Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc (Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce), two sections on Saint-Laurent Boulevard (Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension), Provost Street (Lachine) and Sherbrooke Street West (Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce).

“I am pleased that four new reserved lanes have been confirmed on Saint-Laurent, Provost, Côte-Saint-Luc and Sherbrooke Street West, respectively, in Notre-Dame-Grâce,” said Éric Alan Caldwell, Chair of the STM Board of Directors. “These initiatives serve to improve the performance of our bus network by providing it with dedicated infrastructures and an enhanced customer experience. Adding reserved lanes on these streets for buses and certain other modes of transportation, such as bicycles and taxis, will contribute to smoother traffic and more punctual buses.”

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The City of Montreal will now have over 300km of reserved lanes, which will benefit nearly 20,000 trips per day in 2023. These additions are part of STM’s Mouvement bus plan, the 2021-2025 vision that had been unveiled by STM.

“The addition of these reserved lanes will improve the fluidity, reliability and, by extension, the general performance of the bus network,” said Sophie Mauzerolle, Transport Manager and Mobility to the Executive Committee. “These are concrete measures that will directly contribute to making active and public transportation even more attractive in order to encourage the population to change their habits and abandon solo driving. The network of reserved lanes makes it possible to offer efficient mobility options in areas that are not served by the metro, so it is an important service addition that we are proud of.”