New lanes reserved for buses and other vehicles over 14 kilometres will be located in Montreal, including on a portion of the paths Côte-de-Liesse and Queen Mary, as well as boulevards Langelier and Trinitarian.
The decision was endorsed, in closed session, by the executive committee of the City of Montreal on the 8th of July.
They also include a new lane reserved for buses, taxis and car-sharing which is in function since last Monday on the boulevard Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine, in southern direction, between highway 40 and boulevard of the rose gardens.
It joins the hov lane already exists on this boulevard between rose gardens and the street Currateau, for which the hours have been extended.
The work to build the other lanes will begin in the fall and their commissioning is expected by the end of 2020, according to the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). They will be added to the 258 kilometers of bike lanes already in place.
Thus, different modes of collective transport or the assets will have priority on several new routes in the peak hours, Monday to Friday.
In the borough of Saint-Laurent, a lane reserved for buses, taxis and carpooling see the light of day on the chemin Côte-de-Liesse road, in east direction, between the rue Graveline and the way Delmeade.
On the chemin Queen-Mary, located in Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, a lane reserved for buses and taxis will be in service between the avenue Macdonald street and Cedar Crescent (north and south).
On the boulevard Langelier, a new lane reserved for buses, taxis and bicycles, is provided between Sherbrooke street and Bélanger. Then, between rue Bélanger and Dumesnil for buses and taxis only (north and south).
In The South-West, and in LaSalle, buses and taxis have priority at certain times on the three sections of the boulevard des Trinitaires.
On the Plateau-Mont-Royal, a short stretch of the avenue Lorimier, located between rue Rachel and “35 metres to the north of it, will be reserved at all times for the bus.
In addition, an extension of the dedicated lane for taxis and buses on the boulevard Rosemont is also expected around mid-September.
On the boulevard René-Lévesque, the hours of operation of bus lanes already in place will be extended this fall.
On the 8th of July, the STM has also announced “a new shared bus-bike on nearly half of the lanes existing and four new lanes that will be implemented by the year 2020”. These four new lanes are the axes Langelier, of the Trinitarians, Robert-Bourassa and Lorimier/Rachel. The in-service dates of lanes to BUS-Bikes have not been specified, but the years 2020 and 2021 are targeted.