QC: STM Announces the Commissioning of the Lane Reserved for Buses and Taxis on Sherbrooke Street West

The Société de transport de Montreal (STM) announces the commissioning of the lane reserved for buses and taxis on Sherbrooke Street West. 

This measure and will benefit some 18,000 daily trips for clients who borrow lines 105 - 420 Sherbrooke - Express Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, 51 - Édouard-Montpetit, 162 - Westminster, 138 - Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and 17 - Decarie.

With a length of 5.9 km (round trip), this lane extends eastward between Elmhurst and Girouard, 6 h 30-9 h 30 and westbound between Addington and West Broadway, 15 h 30 to 18 h 30 weekdays.Once the work of the MTQ will be completed on the bridge Saint-Jacques, the lane will extend eastward, between Elmhurst and Decarie Boulevard and westbound between the street Botrel (ramp A-15 north) West Broadway, totaling 6.4 km. Furthermore, the addition of priority fires ("candles") for bus outside peak hours is expected this year by the City of Montreal in a second phase.

"Located in an area where there are already some major projects, the commissioning of the new HOV lane has been achieved through the close cooperation with our partners, the Ministry of Transport of Quebec funding the project 100 percent, the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and the city of Montreal, "said Philippe Schnobb, president of the board of the STM.

"Our customers will also benefit from priority treatment to ensure the reliability of travel times and enjoy average time savings of about 10 percent," said Marvin Rotrand, vice-chairman of the board directors of the STM.

"Work in progress in our district and around exert considerable pressure on our road network, including the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. We believe this new lane transit help ease traffic on the territory, "said Russell Copeman, mayor of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

"It is good news that goes in the direction of our commitment to prioritize public transport and will improve its competitiveness," said Aref Salem, member of the executive committee of the city of Montreal and responsible transportation .

Recall that the preferential measures for buses (MPB) are interventions on the road network to provide priority to public transport and to improve the efficiency and timeliness of the service. MPB include dedicated lanes and signal priority for buses, to date, the STM has about 160 km of reserved lanes and 107 intersections with signal priority. The Company aims to achieve the target of 375 km of bus priority measures by 2017.