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Bus network reconfiguration

Bus network reconfiguration

Since 2019, exo has undertaken an extensive reconfiguration of our bus network to better meet user needs.

Benefits of the new network

The goal of this transformation is to improve public transit across the metropolitan area, thanks to bus service that is more regular and better distributed across the territory.

  • Better connected municipalities

    Creating new bus lines and simplifying connections makes travelling between regions easier.

  • More flexibility

    Increasing the frequency of our bus service, notably during off-peak hours, provides greater flexibility for your commute.

  • New destinations

    Our new routes cover a broader area, allowing users to reach public transit faster and access new destinations.

  • Improved service to hubs

    We’ve improved service to the main local travel hubs (malls, industrial areas, colleges, hospitals, train stations, etc.).

  • Better access to Montréal

    The new network is perfectly aligned with the REM, which provides a direct link to Montréal.

Upcoming sectors

The bus network reconfiguration will affect every sector in exo’s territory. For each of them, public consultations allow users, citizens and local communities to express their needs and share their opinions about the new proposed network.

  • Consultations underway: La Presqu’Île, Laurentides–Terrebonne-Ouest

  • Consultations to come:

    • In 2023: Haut-Saint-Laurent, L’Assomption, Sud-Ouest, Terrebonne-Mascouche

    • In 2024: Sainte-Julie, Sorel-Varennes, Vallée-du-Richelieu

Learn more about the public consultations

Frequently asked questions about the bus network reconfiguration

Reconfiguring the network consists of reviewing bus services across the territory served by exo to make them more efficient, notably by optimizing bus schedules, frequency and routes. We analyze the network’s strengths and weaknesses based on current and future needs of the population, and then reconfigure the services taking this data into account to better serve the region.

Exo was created in 2017 to better align services on Montréal’s North and South Shores. Up to that point, public transit service in these areas was provided by 14 different transit authorities.

Exo merged these services, optimizing them to better meet user needs. This network reconfiguration is taking place gradually, one sector at a time, allowing us to:

  • Improve travel between municipalities in each region

  • Provide better interconnectivity within the exo network and with other Montréal-area public transit networks

  • Offer more east-west transportation options to connect with travel hubs

  • Provide an efficient and pleasant alternative to driving solo

  • Harmonize our services

The bus network reconfiguration is taking place gradually, one sector at a time. It started in 2019 with the Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan, Le Richelain and Roussillon sectors. The consultation process for these sectors was completed in winter 2020, and implementation of the new network is scheduled for fall 2022, when the REM opens on the South Shore.

The reconfiguration continued in 2021 with the La Presqu’Île and Laurentides–Terrebonne-Ouest sectors, for which the consultation process is ongoing.

Over time, all of the sectors in exo’s territory will be reviewed.

Operating the new network costs as much as the previous network, because the same resources have been reconfigured in the sectors. As exo buses will no longer be able to use the Champlain bridge when the REM opens, we took the opportunity to improve local service and create lines to the REM, within the budget allocated by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM). The ARTM is responsible for public transit financing in the Montreal Metropolitan Area.

In fall 2019 and winter 2020, exo invited partners, elected officials, local organizations and citizens to express their needs and concerns regarding the bus network reconfiguration in the Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan, Le Richelain and Roussillon sectors. The information we gathered served as our basis to develop new service scenarios, which we then presented to the public for a second phase of consultations in fall 2020.

See the results of the public consultations

Yes, a fare reform led by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) will take effect July 1, 2022. This will result in fare changes as of this date and the opening of the REM, when new fares will become available.

Learn more about the fare reform

The main focus of this bus network reconfiguration is to better meet user needs. There are considerable benefits, such as: harmonized services, improvements to local transit, an enhanced travel experience and better interconnectivity between the exo network and other public transit networks in Greater Montreal.

Yes, the new bus network offers more flexibility to plan your trips thanks to improved off-peak and weekend service frequency.

We are continually improving—and will continue to improve—our facilities based on customer needs and available financing.

In addition, we’ll be reconfiguring certain bus terminals to better serve the new bus network.

Yes, we are not making changes to our free park-and-ride lots at the moment.

Yes, parking will be available at the REM’s Brossard and Panama stations.

Learn more about the amount of spaces and conditions of use

Our operations teams are assessing ridership for each route to ensure we select the right type of bus. Various types (minibus, midibus, urban, coach) may be used based on the route.

Exo hopes to see more reserved lanes set up to provide speedier service. Creating this infrastructure involves several partners, including municipalities and the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ), depending on the location. We actively collaborate with these partners to prioritize reserved lanes as they contribute to making public transit more efficient and appealing.

Yes, certain taxibus lines have been replaced by bus service, while others have been added or remain in service. Visit the page for your sector to see the new lines.

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