- The Montreal Climate Strike is happening tomorrow starting at noon and getting around the city won't be easy.
- The metro and BIXI bikes will be free during the day.
- Read below for bus cancellations, road and bridge closures planned for the massive protest.
The Montreal Climate Strike is happening tomorrow, and while we hope it brings change it will also definitely be bringing with it some road and bridge closures along with a handful of bus cancellations.
And unless you're one of the hundreds of thousands of climate strikers that will be marching through Montreal this Friday, you're going to quickly notice that getting around tomorrow is going to be no small endeavour.
While Mayor Valérie Plante has announced that metro and public bus services will be free, tomorrow the 27th of September, that doesn't necessarily mean things will be smooth navigating.
Her decision impacts the municipality of Montreal only, as Quebec Transport Minister and member of the CAQ, François Bonnardel, rejected the proposal by Québec Solidaire to make transit free for the day across the province. Luckily, this does include Laval and Longueuil.
Montrealers will also enjoy free BIXI bike rentals between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., which, combined with free public transit, is starting to make this whole thing feel like a painting of a better, greener, car-free Montreal. But, I digress.
We are still in a car-full Montreal, so for those of you that do rely on transport of a four-wheeled kind (including buses, free or not), there are going to be some understandably large disruptions, as hundreds of thousands of individuals march through the city to demand action against the climate crisis.
Here's what you can expect, including highway exit closures that will aim to route cars away from the protestors.
There will be no lanes open towards Montreal on the Victoria bridge, though two will remain open heading to the South Shore.
Robert-Bourassa Boulevard and the Bonaventure Expressway will be closed entirely, in both directions.
There will be no access to the city from Autoroute 720.
According to Mobilité Montreal, "nearly 50 STM, RTL and exo bus lines" will be affected or cancelled entirely. Lines like the 11, 15, 35, 61, 74, 75, 144, 150, and others.
While others have just cancelled select stops on their route, including the 24, 29, 36, 55, 80, 97, 125, 129, and others
For a full breakdown of affected bus lines, head to the STM's webpage here.
Because no buses will be able to use the Bonaventure Expressway, the Downtown and Mansfield bus terminals will not be served, and buses will be redirected to Longueuil and Angrinon metro stations.
As the full circuit of the march has yet to be released, the police, the STM and other transit systems can't properly anticipate where exactly there will be the most congestion and when, other than knowing for certain that the march will begin for most people at the Monument George Etienne-Cartier on ave du Parc.
From there, crowds are expected to head south, then east on Sherbooke, south on St-Laurent and then west on Rene-Levesque, likely towards the government buildings there.
Stay tuned for any upcoming news about tomorrow's Climate Strike, which starts at noon at the Monument George Etienne-Cartier on ave du Parc.
See you there.