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.

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.

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.