STM to add more service to Montreal's crowded Orange Line network

May 13 2019, 11:19 pm

The STM is taking steps to decongest pressure on its heavily-trafficked Orange Line metro, especially between the Beaubien and Berri-UQAM station.

The line from Laval to downtown Montreal is constantly overcrowded during morning and evening rush hours.

The plan, dubbed “Mouvement orange” aims to improve public transit on the Orange Line, Montreal’s busiest metro network, by offering faster, efficient bus alternatives with service straight to downtown and extra train lines.

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Every day, more than 21,500 people ride the metro lines between Beaubien and Berri-UQAM which, according to the STM, is the busiest stretch in the city’s underground metro network.


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Due to the REM construction, the western half of the Orange Line is expected to get even more crowded and “Mouvement orange” will add extra trains to the line during rush hour to unload pressure along the network as a result.

Starting in September 2019, two trains will be added to the Henri-Bourassa station while three others will serve as a back-up on secondary tracks at Cremazie, Berri-UQAM, and Lionel-Groulx.

Also in September, some buses will add specific routes to alleviate the metro’s pressure. The 445 Papineau Express will run mostly parallel to the Orange Line. Starting at 20th Avenue and rue Bellechasse, the bus will travel south on Avenue Papineau before ending at Peel and De la Gauchetiere.

The 465 Cote-des-Neiges Express will cover the Mont Royal train stop along Cote-des-Neiges to René Levesque and continue through to downtown.

The 480 will run from Guy and St. Mathieu along René Levesque to Park Avenue before heading to the Park metro station.

In a series of tweets, Mayor Valérie Plante said she hopes the new initiatives will convince Montrealers to ditch their cars and rely more on public transit.

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