Construction affecting bus routes from Montreal’s West Island

STM buses delayed due to construction
WATCH ABOVE: Construction in Montreal is causing delays on the STM’s bus routes from the West Island. Global’s Felicia Parrillo reports.

At the bus terminal in Dorval, there are warning signs plastered on nearly every lamp post to advise users to expect service disruptions heading downtown.

Buses like the 211, taking public transit users from the West Island to the Lionel Groulx Metro station, have experienced major delays because of construction work.

READ MORE: STM admits to having a hard time keeping buses on schedule

Transit users say it has forced them to adjust their schedules.

“Often, it’s late and it can be frustrating sometimes,” said Montreal resident Madeleine Soubry.

“I think a lot of people are used to just taking the bus way earlier to make sure they’re not late to school, work or many other things in the morning.”

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The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) explained it is constantly working on adapting bus routes to avoid construction.

READ MORE: STM announces extended bus and Metro services for 2017

“Every morning, it usually just takes detours, so it doesn’t even really use the Turcot [Interchange] and the 720 and all that,” said Vanessa Papp, who takes the 211 almost every day.

READ MORE: Reserved bus lanes open on Sources boulevard

Papp said the delays aren’t that bad and it’s all part of living in Montreal.

“It’s Montreal,” she told Global News.

“There are delays, traffic and construction everywhere.”

On Tuesday morning, the 211 bus from Dorval to Lionel Groulx Metro, took a reserved bus lane for most of the ride, arriving downtown in about 30 minutes.