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AZUR is finally showing up on the Orange line. If we have reached this major phase of testing, it’s because AZUR has undergone a full range of tests. Now, its performance must be validated in its actual operating environment, in other words, in our tunnels, our stations and alongside our other trains.

Keep your eyes on the Orange and Blue lines

In coming months, AZUR will be travelling on the Orange and Blue lines during off-peak hours.

Testing without passengers

This new phase of testing is essential to assessing the train’s performance under various operating conditions. You cannot board this train. The operator will sound the horn to inform you the train is entering the station. You will also notice that signs will be posted in the door windows. These indicate the train is being tested and that you cannot board.

And testing at night?

So far, over 900 tests have been performed at night.

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As part of technical trials taking place until 2019, STM will test three fully electric Nova LFSe buses.

Electrification of all surface transit is one of STM’s strategies in the fight against global warming.

As early as 2012, STM was buying hybrid biodiesel-electric buses, gradually abandoning diesel drive buses. Today, STM is moving on to the next phase of its action plan by assessing the impact of using three quick-charging electric buses, under real operating conditions, as part of the City Mobility program.

These buses will circulate in the streets of Montréal. In tangible terms, two charging stations will have to be installed along the 36 – Monk bus route to support the operation of three fully electric Nova LFSe buses. The charging stations are set to be built in spring 2016 close to Square Victoria and Angrignon bus terminals. Operational testing will begin in 2016, followed by actual passenger service in the fall. Trials will continue into 2019.

Designed under the direction of Nova Bus as part of the Consortium Bus électrique, the three LFSe buses each have four onboard batteries, fully powered by Québec hydroelectricity thanks to a quick-charging system, and are equipped with a TM4 engine designed in Québec.

Electrifying public transportation is 100% good for the environment!

Technical data sheet (French only)

For further information

Electrification of the surface system
Électrification des transports : Présentation du projet Cité Mobilité de Volvo et de la STM devant les acteurs économiques de la région (English coming soon)

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Strategic planning is a business-critical process used to determine a corporation’s major policies and guidelines, as well as the actions and means that will serve to implement them.

The STM is taking a new approach to get input for its strategic thinking for 2025. Indeed, legislation requires that public transit authorities update their strategic plan every five years. And the time has come for us to get to work on the next one.

That being said, we also want you to be involved in this process! So you are invited to help us develop our strategic plan for 2025, because you are key to our mission.

We are therefore initiating a vast consultation process to determine which concrete actions we need to work on in the next ten years.

Through your ideas, we want to identify which aspects of transit service we can act upon that would have a major impact on your experience as a customer using the STM system. Over the next months, these ideas will be translated into strategic policies and guidelines which will be featured in our action plan or in our Strategic Plan 2025.

Help shape the STM’s future. Thank you for participating.

You have until April 24 to speak up: click here

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Did you know that the 64 – Grenet and 468 – Express Pierrefonds Gouin bus lines now travel in a new, exclusive reserved lane for buses and taxis?

These reserved lane sections are the latest to add to those on Highways 20 and 40, on boulevard Pie-IX, Sherbrooke West and Viau, with its bus-bike-taxi pilot project? No doubt about it, 2014 was a good year for deploying new bus priority measures.

In a recent survey, you suggested that we continue to install bus priority measures. We heard you and we will keep up with their deployment! In the next few years, other major roadways in Montréal will be added to the existing network of reserved lanes. In fact, our goal is to provide you with priority measures along 375 km of roads in time for Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017.

Bus Priority Measures (BPM) consist of various installations on the road system that ensure priority is given to public transit vehicles, thereby improving the speed and on-time delivery of service. BPMs include reserved lanes and priority traffic signals.

To find out more:

Bus preferential measures (BPM)