The Société de transport de Montréal does its quarterly schedule change on Monday. There are the usual minor improvements to bus schedules.
The biggest change is a whole new line, the 41 Quartier Saint-Michel/Ahuntsic (PDF), whose route is above. It links the Sauvé station on the orange line, the Saint-Michel station on the blue line and upper Pie IX Blvd. (The result is a pretty sharp U shape, which makes it unlikely people will use it for its whole length, and makes you wonder why they didn’t just split it in half at Saint-Michel and create two routes.)
Service will be weekdays excluding holidays, from 5:30am to 9pm, with departures spaced about 20 minutes apart.
In other changes to bus schedules and routes:
- 12 Île des Soeurs: Instead of service ending at 6 or 7pm, departures are scheduled up to 9pm, seven days a week.
- 21 Place du Commerce: This morning-only bus linking the LaSalle metro station with the Bell Campus on Nuns’ Island will now be bidirectional (though still morning-only, 6am to 9am).
- 46 Casgrain: This tiny route in Mile End adds service between rush hours, at 30-minute intervals.
- 47 Masson: The westbound route will take St. Denis southbound and St. Joseph eastward toward the Laurier metro instead of Berri. Otherwise unchanged.
- 515 Vieux-Montréal-Vieux-Port: Giant gaps are being introduced in the route that heads eastbound through Old Montreal on weekday mornings. Rather than departures every 20 minutes, they’re at 8am, 9:20am, 10:40am and 11:40am. Departures at 1:40pm and 3pm are also deleted, leaving 40-minute gaps. (via @stm_info). Westbound service is unchanged, and only a couple of departures are deleted on the weekend. It’s another sign of the disappointing lack of popularity in this route.
The next schedule change comes in June. That’s when the STM’s major overhaul of its night service (including the addition of three new routes) is expected to take effect. The changes were supposed to be approved at the last board meeting but were pulled off the agenda at the last minute.