Reconstruction and addition of dedicated lane on A-30 good news for public transit
Eagerly awaited project on the South Shore
Longueuil, February 18, 2022 - The Réseau de transport de Longueuil welcomed the news this morning of a project unveiled in Longueuil by the Québec government; present for the announcement were ministers François Bonnardel, Simon Jolin-Barrette, Nathalie Roy and Ian Lafrenière, the MNA for Verchères, Suzanne Dansereau, and Longueuil mayor, Catherine Fournier. The government is releasing funds to finance a massive reconstruction project of A-30 that will involve adding a third lane, building direct access ramps to the REM’s Brossard station, and rebuilding the A-20 ouest/A-30 ouest interchange.
The minister confirmed that plans would include a dedicated lane for public transit and carpooling— a time saver for all bus routes that use this segment of A-30. Traffic on A-30 long ago reached unsustainable levels, with rush-hour traffic jams being a frequent occurrence. As a result, bus service is often delayed. The reserved lane will have the two-fold advantage of getting buses off the current lanes and of speeding up traffic for other vehicles.
Another notable improvement is that bus passengers from the South Shore, Longueuil, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Brossard will be able to access the new REM stations directly without having to deal with traffic on A-30.
“By giving buses a reserved lane, this project—long awaited by the entire South Shore—represents a sustainable alternative to solo driving.”
“The RTL celebrates the efforts of its regional partners, including the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de la Rive-Sud and the 66 municipalities of the Agglomération de Longueuil and the South Shore that make up the Coalition de l’A-30. Our demands were met through the collective efforts of the community, combined with constructive dialogue. While we certainly deserve a pat on the back, the project would not have been possible without the leadership of the Ministère des Transports du Québec.”
- Geneviève Héon, Chair of the RTL Board of Directors
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main transit provider for individuals within the five cities that comprise the Agglomération de Longueuil.
The third-largest public transit organization in Québec, the RTL operates a network of 793 kilometres. With some 1,100 employees, the RTL is a major employer that contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Ever receptive to its users, the RTL plays a key role in the lives of the people and the communities it serves by providing solutions that are efficient, innovative, and adapted to the evolving needs
of its clientele. Improving quality of life for the citizens of the Agglomération de Longueuil is a top priority for the RTL.