$63 million investment to be made in public transport in Longueuil, Canada

Posted: 14 November 2017 | | No comments yet

Fresh investment from the governments of Canada and Quebec are set to transform public transit for the citizens and passengers of Longeueil…

$63 million investment to be made in public transport in Longueuil, Canada

Alexandra Mendès, Member of Parliament for Brossard‒Saint-Lambert, and Lucie Charlebois, Quebec’s Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living and Minister Responsible for the Montérégie Region, have announced an investment of more than $63 million for 22 new projects by the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

The Government of Canada will provide over $35 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec will contribute over $28 million, with the remaining funding provided by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain.

“The Government of Canada is investing in projects that help build sustainable communities while promoting economic development and the growth of the middle class,” explained Alexandra Mendès, speaking on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “I am very pleased that these investments will help the RTL improve travel times through dedicated bus lanes, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of hybrid buses, and enhance riders’ overall experience with information systems. These projects will prepare Brossard‒Saint-Lambert, as well as the entire region of Montérégie, for future growth.”

The projects made possible through this contribution include the purchase of 38 hybrid buses, which will be used to replace buses that are at the end of their useful life. Dedicated bus lanes and priority measures for buses at traffic lights are also planned. The financial contribution will also fund display panels and voice announcements in buses to alert riders of upcoming stop information.

See below for a full breakdown of the new projects and their respective funding:

Project name

Federal funding

Provincial funding

Funding from the ARTM

Anticipated start date

Purchasing of buses in 2018 (22)




1 November 2016

Purchasing of buses in 2019 (16)




1 March 2017

Reserved lanes, Quartier Nord Axis




1 June 2018

SAEIV – Passenger information – Phase 3




1 January 2018

Purchase, trial and planning of a 30-foot electric bus (4)




31 March 2017

Construction of the De Montarville park-and-ride lot




1 June 2018

SAEIV Chrono – general deployment: phase 1 (2nd part)




1 April 2018

Reserved lanes, Grande-Allée Axis – Phase 2 (widening)




1 June 2018

Radio communication system – Phase 2




1 April 2018

Reserved lanes, Chambly (highway 116 – Vauquelin)




1 September 2017

Bus shelters on Taschereau




1January 2017

Reserved lanes, Cousineau (Gareau – Chambly)




1 June 2018

Stop improvement plan – Phase 1




1 January 2017

Improvement of installations at the Geoffrion/PWC stop




1 January 2017

Study – Program for developing reserved lanes and preferential measures for buses




1 October 2017

Purchase and installation of 111 passenger sensors




1 September 2017

Improvement of punctuality management on the network




1 January 2017

Improvement in data management for adapted transit (data archiving)




1 January 2017

Improved scheduling and assignment planning process




January 1st, 2017

Pilot project for installing bicycle racks on the buses




15 October 2017

Pilot project for the installation of self-service cabinets for parts and tools




1 January 2017

Update of traffic signal preemption software – Increase in preferential measures for buses 




1 January 2017

“We are delighted with the importance placed on public transit by the governments of Canada and Quebec,” said Sylvie Parent, Mayor of Longueuil. “This new investment will result in better service for Agglomération de Longueuil residents. Innovative projects under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), including the purchase of four electric buses, will also help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Once completed, these projects will improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of Longueuil’s transit system, make it more inclusive, and meet the community’s immediate needs while preparing for anticipated future increases in ridership.

Lucie Charlebois, speaking on behalf of André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, said: “The Government of Quebec’s investment, as well as those of the Government of Canada and the municipalities, will greatly improve transit fluidity and the user experience. These many projects will benefit the citizens of Longueuil and will contribute to the city’s economic growth while improving air quality and residents’ quality of life.”