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All The Improvements & Advances Coming To The STM Network In 2020

All the construction will be worth it...eventually.
Staff Writer
Montreal STM Network Improvements & Advances Coming In 2020
  • For us Montrealers, construction is a way of life. When it comes to all the construction that the STM is undergoing at the moment, we can promise it'll all be worth it soon enough.
  • From the beginning of the construction of the Blue Line to hundreds of new jobs — the Montreal transit system is preparing for some big changes.
  • Find out what to expect with the STM in 2020 below!

My mother would always tell me that to get good things in life, you need to be patient. I think that a lot of Montrealers follow that golden rule. I mean, have you tried to get around the city recently? With constant construction and public transit delays, Montrealers know all-too-well that patience is a virtue... It would be anarchy if we thought otherwise, especially when considering our daily experiences with the STM.

Though it seems as if we're in an endless cycle of infrastructure projects, it all has to come to a conclusion eventually. Now, the road or that patch of sidewalk in front of your house that's been under construction since April is a different story, but at least we know that our public transit system is undergoing rapid improvement.

In 2020, the STM network is set to see incredible progress. Montrealers are going to benefit from many awesome projects such as accessibility measures, brand-new buses, and even the beginnings of a whole new metro line. And that's only scratching the surface of the STM's mass-scale public transit initiatives. 

To be honest, our Montreal of the future is looking to be quite awesome. These are all the incredible improvements coming to the STM in 2020!

New Card Readers (now also at the back door!) 


Back in June, the STM announced that it was installing new card readers on buses. The first ones began appearing this year though they'll only be in service beginning in March 2020, on select bus lines.

What's awesome is that passengers will be able to board the bus more efficiently because the readers will be installed at every entrance. The new card readers will be fully operational on every STM bus by winter 2021.

The Blue Line Extension (Finally) Begins


You've all heard the news by now that the Blue Line will finally be extended further into the East End of the city. Though the project will only be completed in 2026, preparatory work will begin in Spring 2020. Designers have already begun drawing up plans, in fact!

Along with the extension, the REM project is currently building a station near Édouard-Montpetit metro to accommodate transfers to the blue line.

READ ALSO: 5 Of The Worst Montreal Metro Shutdowns That A Millennial Can Remember

38 New 100% Electric Buses Will Be Rolling Out

Julien Perron-Gagné | Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

By summer 2020, Montrealers will be able to ride on 38 all-new electric buses. The buses are being winter-tested on Montreal's roads throughout the season.

STM CEO Luc Tremblay hopes that by 2025, the company will only acquire electric buses.

17 Stations Will Be Accessible For Everyone


It's been a major challenge for the STM to provide elevator access to (almost all) its stations but in 2020, the STM will be one giant step closer to making that a reality. With 11 major elevator projects currently underway at stations like Berri-UQAM, Mont-Royal, Atwater, and Jolicoeur.

Next year, work will begin on another 6 stations including McGill, Outremont, and Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke.

An Integrated Pie-IX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project


Construction continues on the integrated bus line that will stretch the whole 11 kilometres of boulevard Pie-IX. The BRT will include new spacious bus shelters, reserved bus lanes, wider sidewalks, electronic displays, and so much more.

The work is set to be finished by 2022 but Montrealers will see all kinds of progress next year. According to the STM, the BRT line will offer service at the same level of frequency as the metro.

Cell Phone Service In ALL Metro Stations 

A few stations on the Green Line are now the only spots without cell phone service in Montreal's metro. But don't worry, the STM is going to fix that by the end of 2020!

The 12 metros still remaining will gradually see cell phone service throughout the year as the STM is working out arrangements with telecom companies.

More Bus And Metro Garages = Better Service For All 


In addition to a new metro garage at Station Côte-Vertu that will vastly improve the speed of service on the Orange Line, the STM is also set to build a bunch of new bus depots around Montreal.

The Bellechasse Bus Garage is one of the hallmark projects of this new initiative. It will be one of the first fully-underground bus garages, accommodate an electric bus fleet, and feature a huge public green space. The first phase of the project will begin in 2020.

All This Work Means A TON of New Jobs! 


If you're looking for a fulfilling and benefits-rich career, the STM might be the place for you. From bus drivers to management, the STM is looking for people from all walks of life to join their ever-expanding team.

Check out what jobs are available and apply today!

I don't know about you, but I'm super excited to see what's in store for Montreal's public transit network in 2020 and the distant future.

I guess I'll never get my driver's license now!

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