- Montreal's new Pie-IX BRT (bus rapid transit line) enters phase two of construction in March.
- Here's what to expect from the project as well as the detours coming this spring.
Montreal East End locals will have to deal with more construction beginning in March as the Pie-IX BRT project enters phase two. Construction began in 2018 on the rapid-transit line that will connect the eastern areas of Laval and Montreal. Boulevard Pie-IX is being completely reconstructed with 20 bus stops along 13 kilometres.
The BRT is expected to service some 70,000 commuters a day. The new bus line will have a rapid and reliable service, with buses appearing at roughly the same frequency as the metro during rush hour.
Boulevard Pie-IX will have a dedicated bus lane in both directions, along with a new bike path and safe pedestrian crossings.
The reserved bus lane will run along the middle of Pie-IX. This way, the STM asserts, there will be a "reduced travel time and more consistent service than the curbside reserved lane."
STM commuters will be able to recharge their OPUS cards at the weather-proof BRT stations and will see estimated bus arrivals in real-time on flatscreen TVs.
Starting on March 2, drivers and commuters will see more construction as the worksite moves to the east side of Pie-IX.
Bus commuters and drivers should expect a lot of detours.
Bus lines 139 Pie-IX, 439 Pie-IX, and 41 Quartier Saint-Michel/Ahuntsic will be detoured on the network during ongoing construction.
Southbound buses will take a detour along boul. Pie-IX and then along rue Des Récollets between boul. Industriel and boul. Henri-Bourassa.
Northbound buses will be detoured along the side streets. Consult the map below to know which streets.
Expect bus stops on both sides of the street to be moved or cancelled altogether.
Construction will be carried out from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so your morning and afternoon rush hour commute might be a little complicated.
Though vehicle traffic on both sides of the street will be maintained, drivers might have a hard time getting around.
Two southbound lanes and one northbound lane will be kept on the west side of boul. Pie-IX between rue Sherbrooke and boul. Industriel.
Two northbound lanes and one southbound lane on the west side of boul. Pie-IX will be open to traffic between bouls. Industriel and Henri-Bourassa.
On-street parking will be greatly restricted during this time and drivers should pay attention to the signage.
Sidewalk access may also be obstructed in certain areas. Businesses will remain open along boul. Pie-IX as the construction continues.
Other than road delays, local residents can expect some occasional water cut-offs, for which the city will give 48 hours notice.
Along with completely replacing sewer, gas, and water lines, workers will install brand-new electrical infrastructure.
Phase two should be completed by the end of the year in time for the start of phase three in 2021.
More information about the Pie-IX BRT project is available on the STM's official website.