As Montreal's public transit network progresses, with the REM expected by 2023 and with more improvements to the bus network coming next year, the province of Quebec is now exploring options for a possible Yellow Line extension. After the CAQ announced support for the extension last year, the province today invested $60 million to fund a study that will determine the best possible course of action for a Yellow Line extension.
According to reports, the plan should be ready to break ground by 2021. For now, it's not a matter of if, but when the STM's Yellow Line will be extended. Chantal Rouleau, the junior Transport Minister says that the government is keeping all possibilities open, including a metro extension and even a tramline along boulevard Taschereau.
With $60 million in hand, experts and consultants should have all that's necessary to determine how to improve public transit service in the South Shore.
Much like they did with the REM, the Quebec government will establish a new development office to figure out how to maximize the potential of Longueuil's east-west corridor. Consultants will certainly look to neighbouring Brossard that will have three REM stations servicing the area as early as 2021.
Reliable public transit options are much needed in Longueuil and people have been clamouring for an extension on the Yellow Line for years. In 2018, an STM report revealed that the Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke metro station was the 5th busiest station on the network, serving over 8 million passengers.
The Quebec government's investment is only for consultations and will be completed by 2021. By that time, the hope is that there will be a concrete and realistic plan to extend the Yellow Line.
With the South Shore experiencing more and more urban development for this year and beyond, the time is right for consultations to begin on a Yellow Line extension. There's also an option to build a tramline along boulevard Taschereau, which would alleviate many traffic issues.
A study published in 2011 conducted by the former Agence métropolitaine de transport concluded that the best course of action for a Yellow Line extension would be to add six stations along boulevard Roland-Therrien.
These stations would be at the following intersections (illustrated below):