Although tensions remain high as nearly 2,500 STM employees prepare to go on strike in the coming week, the STM is still attempting to make improvements to their summer service.
They most recently announced the improvement of bus service in several areas of Montreal, specifically Rivière-des-Prairies – Pointe-aux-Trembles, Chabanel, and Griffintown. The planned improvements to coming lines are as follows:
The STM will offer enhanced service in the area with “the creation of a north-south link” for the purpose of reducing travel time. STM will be putting into service a new “81 – Saint-Jean Baptiste” line, which will increase access between the Roussin Community Centre in Pointe-aux-Trembles and Espace-Rivière.
Changes will also be made to 40 – Henri-Bourassa-Est, 86 – Pointe-aux-Trembles and 183 – Gouin East, although specific details for the aforementioned lines have not been announced.
Several busses will be modified to help improve the area of access. Line 54 – Charland/Chabanel, will become the main access line for the Chabanel area. Lines 19 – Chabanel/Marche Central and 53 – Boulevard Saint-Laurent will merge into Line 19. The new merged line will “offer an extended service to the Marche Central businesses, especially on weekends.”
Due to the development of the Griffintown residential sector, the STM will be offering a new service that links the Southwest to the downtown core. The new route, Line 35 – Griffintown, will run from 6 am to 10:30 pm and operate every 20 minutes during rush hour and 30 minutes outside rush hour and on weekends.
Line 35 – Griffintown will leave from the Place Saint-Henri Metro and arrive at Griffintown after using Notre-Dame Street to cross the Saint-Henri and Little Burgundy neighbourhoods.
The new line will also reach the Ville-Marie and Sud-Ouest area, hitting Lionel-Groulx station, the Cite-du-Multimedia neighbourhood, the Quartier International de Montreal, and Place-Des-Arts.
In addition to Line 11 – Parc-du-Mont-Royal, the addition of line 711 – Parc-du-Mont-Royal/Oratory will take place over the summer. The line will receive two additional stops at the entrance of the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery. Service for this line will begin on June 2 and 17 on the weekends, then opening up to 7 days a week during the summer.
All changes, unless specified otherwise, will be implemented on August 27, 2018.