There was one bus rapid transit route in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in operation. It operated from 1989 to 2002 on Pie-IX Boulevard, and after it ceased operating, became a regular reserved lane rush hour service using regular bus stops as the 505 Reserved Lane Pie-IX. It is projected to return to service in 2013. A second BRT line is planned for Henri Bourassa Boulevard, projected for service in 2018.
The STCUM 505 R-BUS Pie-IX (Express Pie-IX), running along Boulevard Pie-IX (Pope Pius the Ninth), provided supplementary, limited-stop service to the 139 Pie-IX bus route during rush hours. It operated from 1989 to 2002, being the first reserved-lane bus service and first BRT service in Montreal. The system had 10 dedicated stations, and a regular stop and terminus at the Pie-IX metro station.
Prior to 2002, this route used to run against traffic on the part-time dedicated bus lanes on the opposite side of the traffic median. It featured dedicated sheltered BRT stations, a high frequency of service, and priority traffic signals. The use of these bus lanes were suspended indefinitely after a passenger, unaware of the traffic contraflow, was struck by a bus. In the interim, from the suspension of service, until its planned resumption, alternate service occurs on the reserved-lane rush-hour bus 505 Reserved Lane Pie-IX. There were plans to restart the service once safety cones and fences are installed along Pie-IX Boulevard.
The stations were dismantled as of August 2010, to make way for the revised service system.
Service is project to be restored by 2013, with two dedicated lanes in the middle of the street and 24-hour service. The service will be transferred from the MUCTC, which operated the BRT line until its suspension in 2002, to the AMT. The rebuilt line was originally projected to cost $150million CDN. The new service will extend into Laval, and is projected to cost $300 million CDN, as of 2010. The portion in Laval will extend 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), and include parking lots. As the portion in Laval will operate on a grade separated expressway (the former trace of Autoroute 25, since moved to a new right-of-way further east) and have dedicated on-ramps and off-ramps. The system will extend from Autoroute 440 in Laval, all the way to Notre-Dame Street near the southern shore of Montreal Island against the Saint Lawrence River.
At the issue of an early planning study made by Genivar/CIMA+ for the AMT,the planned line is to have the following stop.
There are ideas to replace the BRT with a true LRT tramline on the street using the shared right-of-way. A Montreal Metro line was also once planned to run underneath Pie-IX Boulevard, but this never came to fruition. At one time, a tram line ran on Pius-IX, prior to the establishment of regular bus service along the thoroughfare.
There is a planned BRT line along Henri Bourassa Boulevard, running for 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), projected for operation in 2018. It would create two dedicated reserved lanes in the middle of the street, and operate 24 hours a day. The plan is projected to cost $25 million CDN as of 2010.
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