Montreal to brand its 10-minute max service
There are already many routes in Montréal that have a service frequency of more than 1 bus every 10 minutes, however, the STM has decided to launch a new branding called “Réseau 10 minutes MAX”. This branding will appear on buses, bus stop signs and perhaps even next year’s network map.
The following lines will have at least 6 buses per hour between 6h and 21h:
80 du Parc
141 Jean-Talon Est
Additionally, the following lines will have at least 6 buses an hour in one direction the either in the AM (6h to 14h) or PM (14h to 21h) peak periods (these are pretty generous definitions):
161 Van Horne
470 Express Pierrefonds
Since I live in NDG I decided to see what this announcement actually means in practical terms to the 90 and 105 routes that stop at Vendome metro:
90 Saint-Jacques East Bound: (16 extra departures per day)
90 Saint-Jacques West Bound: (5 extra departures per day)
105 Sherbrooke arriving at Vendome: (6 extra arrivals per day)
105 Sherbrooke Departing from Vendome: (9 extra departures per day)
- The red color is the existing service as of August 25th. However, the publicly available information just shows a “…” when there is more than 1 bus every 6 minutes. In this case, I just assumed it was every six minutes (that’s why none of the charts go higher than 10 buses). I could be wrong however for some of the most popular lines.
- The tan color represents the extra buses added to the service pattern as a result of the new branding.
- I assumed that if there were already 6 buses or more during that hour then the STM would not add any more. This is likely to be true since this parameter is constrained by the number of buses and drivers that the STM has available.
- I assumed that the STM would only add enough buses to hit the 6 per hour rate – they could add more.
These charts show that for both types of branding (the all day and the peak period) there is still quite an increase in service. Well done STM!
Here’s their new map