New express buses, more metros to help ease overcrowded orange metro line
The STM and the city of Montreal have announced new short-term measures to help make your commute on the orange metro line less crowded starting this fall.
.@stm_nouvelles @schnobb & @Val_Plante announce new measures this fall to try to ease overcrowding on @stm_Orange between Beaubien & Berri-UQAM including 3 new express buses, 2 more rush hour metro departures, back up trains in case of rush hour service disruptions. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/vUD57m8TvL— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 13, 2019
The so-called "Mouvement Orange" includes:
- A new express bus - the 445 - will run on Papineau between Beaubien and downtown
- Two new express buses will replace the 435: the 480 will run on Parc Avenue and the 465 will run on Côte-des-Neiges
- Two new rush hour departures will be added on the orange line
- Three backup metro trains will be added in case of service disruptions.
New services to help make @stm_Orange less crowdy as of fall:new 445 express bus runs on Papineau from Beaubien to downtown;435 will be split into 480 on Parc Ave & 465 on Côté-des-neiges; 2 extra metro rush hour departures. Hoping to get 3000 commuters off orange line. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/hFvK4itAXO— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 13, 2019
About 21,500 commuters use the orange line everyday during the morning rush hour alone between Beaubien and Berri-UQAM. Transit officials are counting on the express buses to get as many as 3000 people off the orange line - that's the equivalent of three full metro trains.
The STM said they'll have to shuffle buses around from other routes to add on to the new lines but that they don't expect a major impact on service on the other routes.
The STM said new buses and Azur trains on the way at the end of the year and the beginning of next are allowing them to add these new measures.
New 445 express bus on Papineau btwn Beaubien & downtown to help make it less packed on @stm_Orange line. Also new express buses on Côté-des-neiges & Parc Ave replacing 435 line. @stm_nouvelles says they’ll shuffle buses from other routes but no major impact. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/y9LQm41OOo— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) May 13, 2019
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