STM - Society in motion
Over the last few years, the STM has implemented bus priority measures (MPB-mesures préférentielles de bus) in partnership with the city of Montréal by constantly improving on the efficiency, punctuality, and swiftness of transit services. These measures are featured in different ways and provide more efficient bus service:
- Development of reserved lanes: These lanes allow buses to use an exclusive corridor to avoid traffic congestion. The reserved lane network has more than doubled since the MPB program’s inception in 2008. Substantial advantages can be derived by these lanes in relation to punctuality, swiftness, comfort, etc.
- Priority traffic lights in real time: When buses reach an intersection, they automatically receive priority at traffic lights. The green light signal is then lengthened so that buses may continue on their way without having to stop at a red light.
- Priority departure signals (known as candles): When this vertical white rectangle appears on the traffic light display, buses can depart ahead of motorists.
- Bus lines with limited stops: Even if preferential measures for buses do not apply directly to these lines, time gains are enhanced by the combined advantage of buses with limited stops traveling along reserved lane corridors and priority departure signals.
In addition to the deployment of these measures along major public transit arteries, plans include the implementation of bus rapid transit services (on Pie IX and Henri-Bourassa boulevards) and express lines. In 2011, the bus priority measures (MPB) were deployed over 136 kilometres and will stretch to more than 350 kilometres by 2015.
Be there first with reserved bus lanes!
The reserved lane network is constantly expanding. It now covers 119.1 kilometres. With its 24 well-identified lanes, you can make significant time gains and avoid traffic jams on many busy Montréal arteries, especially during morning and evening rush hours. Leave your stress behind and let us drive you: come aboard and choose the lane reserved especially for you!