- The CAQ has been speaking of supporting the STM's potential Yellow Line extension since last year, and now their talk seems to be turning into action - or at least investments.
- A finalized plan for this extension is only expected to be completed by 2021, but that doesn't mean we can't start getting excited about it now.
- Read below to find out more about the STM's attempt to make its way further into the South Shore below!
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):
There was talk of a plan to include an extension all the way to St-Hubert airport (illustrated below) - but unfortunately, that plan was scrapped.
We have to wait and see what they'll eventually come up with but it's exciting that Longueuil residents will finally see progress on something they've been wishing for many years.
Merry Christmas from the CAQ, Longueuil!
Consultations will begin soon and will continue into 2021. The Quebec government expects a concrete plan by then.
It's finally happening, my South Shorties! How excited are you for a potential Yellow Line extension?