There will be reserved lanes on the Trans-Canada Highway between St-Charles Blvd. in Kirkland and Côte Vertu Blvd. in St-Laurent.
However, there’s no word on when those reserved lanes will be built.
The project is mired in the study phase, with a feasibility study completed, but a pre-project, and a security audit yet to be done by Transport Quebec.
“We’ve been asking for this for three years, and we’ve been impatiently waiting for three years,” said Manon Charest, the general manager of the Conseil intermunicipal de transport for the Presqu’île area. “We’re hoping it will be September 2013, and we’re praying hard for it.”
The reserved lanes are part of several public transit measures to be put in place to alleviate congestion expected by the reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange, due to start next summer and last until 2017 or 2018.
However, Brigitte Léonard, a spokesperson for the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, couldn’t say whether the lanes would be in place by the time construction begins.
Léonard said the reserved lanes are also a temporary measure, but could become permanent if demand is great enough.
Charest said she’s not sure anyone is in a position to say when the lanes will be in place.
“We were at the offices of (Transport Quebec) last week, and no one could tell us when it would be implemented,” Charest said.
She added she is disappointed that the AMT has judged that there wouldn’t be enough demand for a reserved lane starting in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
“Of course the ideal would be to have it start at the Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge,” she said. “I imagine if we show that public transit could be efficient and fast, it would generate many more users.”
She said the CIT’s most popular bus route remains the Express A40, which shuttles people to the Côte Vertu métro station. That line saw a 16-per-cent increase in ridership in 2012 to 135,000 trips. Other buses that would benefit from the reserved lanes are ones that go to CEGEP Gérald Godin and the Pointe-Claire bus terminal.