After decades of waiting, public transit projects are finally happening in Montréal. The upcoming inauguration of the REM, the start of the work on the extension of the blue line, the start of studies for the streetcar between downtown and Lachine, as well as the arrival of the REM de l'Est will transform transportation in the city. Now it’s important not to repeat the mistakes of the past and not to rest on our laurels. We must immediately initiate the next major public transit projects that will shape the city of tomorrow, and we must equip ourselves with the right tools so that public transit continues to grow steadily in Montréal.
a. Maintain leadership in the planning and implementation of subway transportation structuring projects to Anjou (blue line), Saint-Laurent and Ahuntsic-Cartierville (orange line) and downtown (pink line), the streetcar to Lachine and the REM to the east, while ensuring their exemplary implementation, in order to encourage the development of the areas served by these new transportation connections;
b. Continue rolling out the reserved lanes network as a quick and efficient alternative to respond to the congestion of certain bus routes and subway stations, and consolidate the current lanes by improving the configurations and the service hours;
c. Collaborate with the STM so that as many reserved lanes as possible remain accessible to bicycles or carpooling, while respecting predetermined criteria, in particular the imperatives of traffic flow and safety;
d. Establish a rapid bus service on Boulevard Henri-Bourassa;
e. Deploy the 300 new buses to improve the service offering, particularly in underserved areas, through a complete overhaul of the service offering;
f. Continue implementing universal accessibility in subway stations;
g. Improve the efficiency and flexibility of paratransit to reduce the service gap between the bus and subway network and paratransit.