exo | Public consultation: La Presqu’Île bus
Discover the project
Exo is reconfiguring bus services in the municipalities of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges RCM, which are part of the La Presqu’Île sector.
We’re undertaking this bus network reconfiguration in La Presqu’Île to meet changing mobility needs related to:
Strong population growth (pdf in french)
Several major projects in the region
Numerous transit projects
12 municipalities affected by the reconfiguration
Why prioritize the La Presqu’Île sector?
We’ve prioritized the bus network reconfiguration in the La Presqu’Île sector to coincide with the opening of the Anse-à-l’Orme branch of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), set to open at the end 2024. At that point, our buses will serve the station linking the West Island to downtown Montréal.
What are the steps and objectives of the consultations?
The first phase of consultations took place in fall 2021. Our objective was to inform citizens about the reconfiguration project, enable them to discuss the subject with exo experts, and better understand their needs.
An online information session was held on September 14. You can view it here (in French).
The online consultation, which took place from September 13 to October 11, 2021, enabled citizens to express their needs and share their suggestions for public transit in their sector.
Analysis of the information and data gathered will allow our experts to form the basis of our proposed service scenarios. All of the information we collected will be compiled in a consultation report produced by our partner, the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM), which is assisting us in the process.
Phase 2 of the consultations will take place in 2022 to validate the proposed network and define the areas of improvement.
What role is the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) playing in the consultations?
For both phases of the consultations, exo is partnering with the INM, a non-partisan and independent organization whose mission is to encourage citizen involvement in democratic life. It’s role is to:
Moderate the consultations
Analyze the information gathered
Ensure the integrity of the process
Impact of the bus network reconfiguration
Will there be schedule changes, and if so, when will they take effect?
Yes, the schedules will be adjusted when the new network opens in spring 2024, at the same time as the REM opens in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
These schedules will be announced before the lines open to allow users to plan their new routes.
Will these changes lead to higher rates?
Changes to rates are part of a different project: the fare reform.
This is the responsibility of the Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM), which is currently harmonizing rates for all of Greater Montréal in an effort to simplify the fares.
Learn more about the fare reform
Will it be easier to travel between neighbouring municipalities on public transit?
The focus of the network reconfiguration is to adapt to travel behaviours, and inter-municipal service will be improved where demand justifies it.
Will you be improving off-peak and weekend service?
Reconfiguring the exo bus network provides us with an opportunity to review our services and make them even more efficient.
In addition to optimizing our schedules, frequency and routes, we are also looking at introducing new and better mobility solutions, including on-demand transportation.
In May 2021, exo launched a pilot project called exo on demand in the Belœil-McMasterville area. Based on results, exo on demand could be extended to other areas, and included in the network reconfiguration project.
Will you take advantage of this opportunity to improve the quality of your park-and-ride facilities and your terminals?
We are constantly improving our park-and-ride lots based on customer needs and available financing, and will continue to do so.
In addition, we’ll be reconfiguring certain bus terminals to better serve the new bus network.
Will there be reserved lanes to make travel faster?
Setting up reserved lanes involves several partners, including municipalities and the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ), depending on the location. At exo, we are actively working with our metropolitan partners to ensure that priority is given to creating reserved lanes.
Exo believes that reserved lanes contribute to making public transit more efficient and appealing, and would like to see more of this type of infrastructure deployed in order to provide speedier service to customers.
Will you take advantage of this opportunity to better align your services with those of the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM)?
Yes. We are working in collaboration with STM teams to provide better links between the two agencies’ networks.
Will there be service to the new Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital?
The future Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital will of course be included in the new proposed network along with all other locations that generate high travel volumes in the area.
Will industrial areas be better served?
The consultations will allow us to determine the transportation expectations of certain sectors that are not currently served, and we may adjust our service in order to better meet these needs.
Will Vaudreuil train line service be maintained?
Yes, exo1 Vaudreuil-Hudson commuter train service will be maintained and buses will continue to serve the stations in the territory.
Will you be improving Vaudreuil-Hudson train line service?
Exo is currently studying the possibility of improving service on all commuter train lines to make them more efficient and appealing. However, these studies do not follow the same timeline as the bus network reconfiguration, which is why this consultation is solely focused on redesigning the bus network, which will open at the end of 2024.
Does exo intend to merge the two stations in Île-Perrot? And if so, why?
In collaboration with municipal partners, exo is currently exploring how to improve safety at Pincourt-Terrasse-Vaudreuil and Île-Perrot stations.
These stations have significant safety issues that have been a concern for several years.
We are currently in the exploration phase of the project, and no decisions have yet been made. We have set up a consultation process with municipal partners and citizens to find the best solution to remedy the dangerous behaviours observed on site. The first citizen information and discussion session took place on August 24, 2021, in Île-Perrot.
Will buses continue to provide service to the West Island like they do today, or will they stop at the REM station in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue?
According to the requirements that will be confirmed during the public consultations, we may, for example, continue to offer direct bus service to specific workplaces, schools and commercial businesses in the West Island in addition to new service to the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).
One of the main objectives of the bus network reconfiguration is to promote intermodality and align services with other public transit networks such as the REM and commuter trains.
Good to know: exo buses will stop at the Anse-à-l’Orme REM station in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
Municipalities like Valleyfield, Les Coteaux and Coteau-du-Lac are not served by exo. Will they be included in the reconfiguration?
As these municipalities are not currently served by exo, they will not be included in the La Presqu’Île sector reconfiguration.
Good to know: The exo territory is made up of 82 municipalities in the Montréal Metropolitan Area, Kahnawake and the City of Saint-Jérôme. Municipalities such as Valleyfield, Les Coteaux and Coteau-du-Lac, which are located outside of the territory, must enter into agreements with the ARTM for public transit services.
Information session on September 14, 2021
The following are answers to questions asked during the information session on September 14, 2021. View the session recording here (in French).
Will the number of train departures be cut when the REM launches?
There are no such plans. On the contrary, exo is currently looking at the possibility of improving train service on the exo2 Saint-Jérôme line (in French), which has strong growth potential.
Will new bus stops feature exo branding (which is currently not the case for all stops)?
We have not yet standardized all signage since the CIT La Presqu’Île was integrated to the exo network. The reconfiguration project will provide us with an opportunity to do so throughout the sector.
Will transit fares for the new bus network be transferable to other modes of metropolitan transportation, such as the train, the REM and the métro?
Yes. Since the July 1, 2021, implementation of Phase 1 of the fare reform, “All Modes” fares provide access to each of the zone’s transportation modes, be it train, métro or REM.
In fact, the goal of the fare reform led by the Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM) is to harmonize fares and rates for public transit services across Greater Montréal.
Will there be bus routes between Vaudreuil and the Anse-à-l’Orme REM station?
One of the objectives of the La Presqu’Île bus network reconfiguration is to adjust service for the arrival of the REM in Anse-à-l’Orme. Following the first phase of consultations, the exo team is developing a new bus network scenario. We’ll propose the new service to the REM station during the second phase of consultations.
Is exo planning a communications campaign to inform La Presqu’Île citizens about changes to their bus network?
Certainly! A major communications campaign is planned, most notably during the launch of the new bus network. This campaign will include on-site guidance at terminals and other locations.
If you have any questions about the service exo currently provides in La Presqu’Île, please contact our customer service team.
Learn more about exo all ears
exo all ears panel
Want to go further?
Join our exo all ears community and you could win $100 by taking our surveys.
We’re here to help
Have a question about a project or consultation? Contact our customer service centre.
Stay tuned! We want to hear from you.