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You’ve suggested that we continue to implement them. That’s what we’re doing. Preferential measures for buses pay off!

In order to respond to the growing demand for public transit and the increasing needs of its clientele, the STM implemented the Bus Preferential Measures (BPM) program.
By 2017, when this program ends, some 115 bus lines will feature preferential measures, with the BPMs positively affecting more than 760 000 trips daily.près
Bus preferential measures (BPMs) are interventions on the road network that give priority to public transit and improve service efficiency and punctuality. BPMs include, in particular, reserved lanes and priority traffic lights for buses (for more details).
For you, this translates into reduced travel time and savings in both time and money. We associate all the BPMs with improved service and efficiency.  And for good reason.
BPMs lead to time savings of some 10% to 20%.Vous l’avez souligné dans un récent sondage . Les MPB représentent : Pertinence, investissement justifié et amélioration du service, tels sont vos qualificatifs.
Vous nous avez également indiqué que vous étiez favorables à leur implantation.  Not to mention the reduction in GHGs that come with them!
With the addition of the reserved lanes on Viau, there are now close to 180 km of reserved lanes on some 30 streets, and more than 100 intersections are equipped with priority traffic signals, all to make your travel more efficient!
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As with the MR-63 and MR-73 métro cars, the AZUR train is also mounted on bogies that essentially propel the train. Bogies, or trucks, are an assembly of parts that include tires, suspension and drive axles.

Of all bogie functions, one that is of particular interest is the braking system.

The new metro cars will still feature one of the main characteristics that make it unique among others around the world: its wooden brake shoes. One of the requirements the STM gave the manufacturer was the provision of a quiet braking system without the usual screeching. In that respect, wooden brake shoes are still the best option for the bogie’s steel wheels.

Each wheel will therefore feature two wooden shoes, and these will continue to be produced in STM workshops with the same yellow birch wood soaked in peanut oil as currently used (rf)

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During the heat wave of July 1 – 2, while thousands of Montrealers were either moving or settling into their new home, the STM and its partners were conducting tests on the new train washing system with the AZUR prototype. The train moved through a soap cycle, similar to a car wash, where it got washed, scrubbed, rinsed and dried from top to bottom. The entire operation took about nine minutes, and when AZUR came out, it was all shiny and clean!

How does it work?

The washing system features markers at the portal entrance that detect whether the arriving train is an MR-73 or the new AZUR. As the train moves forward through the washing station, sensors send out signals to activate pumps and scrubbing brushes. In case you’re wondering, the older MR-63 trains are washed elsewhere, at the Beaugrand minor repairs shop.

AZUR has travelled on all lines

Tests carried out to validate track clearance are completed. They consisted of running the AZUR prototype throughout the entire network, including way stations and tail tracks, and no major issues were reported. AZUR passed with flying colours!

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No, there’s no mistake, you read it right, it says a lifting track. In preparation for the arrival of AZUR métro cars, we completely refurbished our maintenance shops and, in doing so, made a number of modifications. Among them is the installation of a lifting track designed primarily to enable maintenance staff to replace the train’s bogies.
A 150-metre long train lifted at once on a single track!
The lifting track can lift an entire 150-metre long train high enough for bogies to be removed. The train itself weighs in at 240 metric tons, which is like lifting 40 adult elephants. This makes it possible to remove and install bogies without having to unlink the nine cars that make up the AZUR train. This new approach will reduce maintenance time, which will mean more trains available for passenger service.