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Announced ten years ago, the project of SRB on Pie-IX boulevard has been postponed four times.
The construction of the bus rapid (BRT) on boulevard Pie-IX will begin on march 18. This project, which will span the next four years, is likely to be painful, both for the residents around that for motorists.
The project office of the BRT on Pie-IX has presented on Thursday the details of the work to the complete reconstruction of the artery, between the subway station Pie-IX and St-Martin boulevard in Laval. The City will upgrade the water-mains and sewers, replace the furniture and widen the sidewalks.
The site will be conducted in four phases. The first phase will take place from march to December 2019, and the work will be concentrated on the west side of the artery. The three southbound lanes will be closed. The lanes of the roadway on the east side will be maintained, but will have two paths to the south and to the north.
“We may think that during the summer, it will be much less fluid than it currently is, but we can also think that after a certain adjustment period, people will have adjusted their habits,” said Marc Dionne, senior director of the office of project BRT on Pie-IX.
From march to December 2020, the site will move on the east side of the boulevard. The year 2021 will be devoted to the construction of the median and of the fifteen stations on the montreal territory.
The work will be done in sections to limit the impacts to the residents. This project could, however, be challenging in several respects. The work will take place from 7 h to 19 h, but could stretch up to 23 h, and even continue to the end of the week in case of emergency.
As there will only be one lane to the north, the bus will take a detour in the surrounding streets, which will result in longer journey times for users.
Pedestrians are better protected
Announced ten years ago, the project of SRB has been postponed four times. This lane is reserved for buses of eleven kilometres will have ten-seven stations. The SRB is expected to welcome its first passengers in the fall of 2022 and allow 70 000 trips per day while the traffic current is 40,000 daily trips.
The buses of the BRT will run in the center of the artery in its own site, but they will roll in the same direction as the cars.
“Fifteen measures will be put in place to protect pedestrians. Among other things, the floor will be colored, the movements of pedestrians will be channeled on trails that are secured by fences and we will widen the pedestrian crossings at five metres, ” said Mr. Dionne.
The regional Authority of metropolitan transport (ARTM) is investing a total of 394 million in the project while the City of Montreal is planning to spend $ 131 million, for a total of 525 million.
Buses of three carriers to circulate in the axis of the boulevard Pie-IX, those of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the Société de transport de Laval (STL) and Exo. The act requires, however, that these organizations are limited to the servicing of their own territory. For example, a bus of the STL, travelling to the south will not be up to passengers to Montreal.
“This situation looks complicated, but it will not be that much. The main offer of service on Pie-IX will be the STM, ” said Anthony Alba, project manager at ARTM.
Construction of the REM : mitigation of 192 million
Quebec will put in place mitigation measures for users of suburban trains, which will see the service partially interrupted during the construction of the Network express metropolitan (REM).
As of January 2020, the trains of the line Mascouche stop at the gare Ahuntsic, while those of the deux-Montagnes line will complete their journey at the gare Bois-Franc. In 2021, the axis, Two Mountains will be out of service. Buses will carry the passengers of the line from Mascouche to the Radisson metro station (green line), while users of the deux-Montagnes line will be brought to the station Côte-Vertu (orange line).
Their travel time will be, however, elongated.
The mitigation plan for the entire project, the REM will cost $ 192 million.