Bus network reconfiguration

Your new bus network

That’s it! The new bus network for the Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan and Le Richelain-Roussillon sectors is now effective. All our bus lines have been enriched, renumbered and our schedules and routes adjusted. Choose your sector to learn about changes and to make sure your fare is valid.

Advantages of the new network

The goal of these changes is to improve bus service in order to answer the needs of the public more adequately.

  • Improved connection between municipalities

    New bus lines and simplified transfers make commuting between regions easier.

  • Greater flexibility

    Increased bus frequency, especially in peak periods, for greater flexibility in commuting.

  • New destinations

    Covering a larger territory, the new routes allow users to access the public transit network more rapidly, while giving access to new destinations.

  • Better service to local poles

    The main local mobility poles (shopping centers, industrial zones, cegeps, hospitals, train stations, etc.) are more efficiently served.

  • Better access to Montreal

    The new network is fully in phase with the REM, which ensures the connexion to Montreal.

Frequently asked questions about the bus network reconfiguration

  • The goal of the network reconfiguration is to analyze bus services on the entire exo territory in order to make them more efficient, by optimizing schedules, frequencies and bus routes. Strengths and weaknesses of the network are examined in the light of present and future needs of the public. The various services are then modified according to this input to offer the sector in question more adequate service.

  • Exo was created in 2017 in order to improve the coherence between bus services on the North and South shores of Montreal. Until then, 14 different transit organizations had been providing bus service around Montreal. We wish to take advantage of the regrouping of all these services under the exo banner to optimize service and answer the public’s needs more adequately. This reconfiguration, which proceeds progressively sector by sector, will allow us to:

    • improve commuting between municipalities on both shore

    • offer better connectivity within the exo network and with the other public transit networks in the Greater Montreal

    • provide more transit options toward important poles and locations

    • offer an efficient and userfriendly alternative to single-occupant car commuting

    • harmonize our services

  • In fall 2019 and winter 2020, exo invited partners, officials, local organizations and citizens to voice their needs and worries concerning the reconfiguration of its bus network in the Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan and Le Richelain-Roussillon sectors. The collected information allowed us to work out the main orientations that were to guide exo in the implementation of new service scenarios. These were then subjected to a second round of public consultations in fall 2020.

    See the results of the public consultations

  • The reconfiguration of the bus networks is undertaken progressively, sector by sector. It started in 2019 with the Chambly-Richelieu-Carignan and Le Richelain-Roussillon sectors. The consultation phase for these sectors ended in winter 2020 and the new network will become operational when REM service starts, in spring 2023.

    Present and future consultations

    Ongoing: La Presqu’Île and Laurentides–Terrebonne-Ouest sectors.

    In 2023: Haut-Saint-Laurent, Sud-Ouest, L’Assomption and Terrebonne-Mascouche sectors.

    In 2024: Sainte-Julie, Sorel-Varennes and Vallée-du-Richelieu sectors.

    Learn more about the public consultations

    In the end, all sectors on the exo territory will have been overhauled.

  • The aim of the bus network reconfiguration is to answer user needs more adequately. There are many advantages: harmonization of services, improvement of local service, friendlier mobility experience for the user and improved interconnectivity within the exo network as well as with the other public transit networks of the Greater Montreal.

  • Yes. The new bus network offers greater flexibility in trip planning thanks to increased off-peak and weekend frequency.

  • We revise and upgrade these facilities constantly, depending on the needs and the financing we get. And we will continue to do so. And yes, the configuration of some bus terminals will be modified to fit in better with the needs of the new network.

  • Yes, exo will keep its free park-and-ride lots just as they are presently.

  • Yes, there will be parking lots at the REM’s Brossard and Panama stations.

    Learn more about the number of places and terms of use

  • No printed schedules will be given out.

  • As is the case in the rest of the exo network, printed schedules will be available upon request, either in one of our sales and service outlets, or by calling us at 1 833 allo-exo (1 833 255-6396).

  • To determine the bus type needed, our teams monitor ridership in order to offer the best match. Various formats, minibus, midibus, city bus or coach, can be deployed according to the type of circuit

  • The operating costs of the new network haven’t changed since the same resources have been simply configured differently in these sectors. Since exo buses are no longer allowed to use the Samuel-De Champlain bridge when the REM comes into service, we have been able to improve local service and create new lines connecting to the REM within the funding framework granted by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM). The ARTM is the organization responsible for public transit funding on the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) territory.

  • Exo would like to see more reserved lanes created as these would allow us to offer faster services. However, the creation of such lanes implies several partners, such as municipalities and the ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable du Québec (MTMD), depending on where they are located. We collaborate actively with these partners so that the creation of reserved lanes can be prioritized, since they help make public transit more efficient and attractive.

  • Yes, some taxibus lines have been abolished and replaced with bus lines, while others have been added or remain active. Visit the page dedicated to your sector to discover these new lines.

  • Starting July 30 at 6 p.m., you may begin to reserve taxibus service on the new network.

    Reservations may be completed online or by phone at 514-273-2704.

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