MONTREAL – Riders of express buses running along the A-40 in the West Island won’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic much longer.
Montreal’s transit authority (the STM), now allows bus numbers 72, 220, 470 and 475 to use the shoulders on certain part of the highway between Cavendish Boulevard in the St-Laurent borough and St. Charles Boulevard in Kirkland.
The buses are permitted to use the shoulder as an express lane whenever highway traffic slows below 50 km/hour, even when it isn’t a rush hour period. The highway’s speed limit is 100 km/hour. While good news for people taking the bus, those in taxis or car pooling are prohibited from using the shoulder at all times.
The STM hopes the move will help bus passengers reach their destinations more quickly, and reduce green house gas emissions by attracting more riders.
The initiative is part of the agency’s plans to dramatically increase reserved bus lanes across the Island of Montreal.
Work to build a new East-bound reserved lane on the A-20 in Dorval and Lachine is set to resume shortly.
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