300 buses in addition to Montreal by 2020

Photo: Pedro Ruiz The Duty
Montrealers will be able to rely on a bus system expanded.

The minister of Transport, André Fortin, and his colleague the minister of municipal Affairs, Martin Coiteux, will make an announcement on investment for the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) on Tuesday morning in the company of the mayor Valerie Plant. Sources have indicated to the Duty that Quebec will confirm the purchase of 300 buses.


During the election campaign, the leader of projet Montréal had promised that, if she was brought to power at the town hall, it would add 300 hybrid buses to the fleet of the STM by 2020 in order to bring to 2089 the number of vehicles in service in the streets of Montreal, a target set by the STM, in its 2020 strategic Plan adopted in 2011. She criticized then-mayor Denis Coderre have slashed the budgets of the STM after his election in 2013, which had resulted in a reduction of service in the network.


The aspiring mayor was said to want to go to a target more ambitious than that set out in the new strategic Plan 2025 of the STM, presented last August. It was the addition of 347 new hybrid buses, but in a horizon set at 2025. During the election campaign, it had an estimated $ 225 million cost of the addition of 300 buses.


Valerie Plant is also committed to launch the project of the pink line of the metro. In this case, however, it is counting on federal funding to implement its proposal. Since the November 5 elections, his administration was also fine-tune the project in order to obtain funding from the Bank of Canada’s infrastructure.