300 New Buses: STM Reaches a New Milestone in Bus Fleet Expansion Strategy
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has reached a new milestone in its plan to add 300 buses to its fleet with the completion of expansion work on the Legendre bus garage, which will soon house 56 of the new buses.
The five-point strategy involves:
“With these 300 new buses, which should finish arriving this year, our bus fleet will grow by a record 15%. Our teams pushed their imaginations and ingenuity to allow us to receive these buses on short notice and in spite of the difficulties of the last year. So we are very proud of this accomplishment.”
“As we have no service cuts planned for 2021, these additional buses will enable optimal bus fleet management. Using them will let us use the older buses more sparingly, so that when we do increase our service offering, when ridership is back up, we will have a more reliable, newer and more comfortable fleet for our customers.”
The Legendre bus garage project began in 2019 and cost $43.4 million for both engineering and construction, remaining within the initial budget. The work involved:
Several sustainable development principles have also been incorporated into the new building, including the choice of materials, the amount of natural light and the reduced water consumption. The project will also help reduce the heat island effect by upping the site’s proportion of greenery from 9% to 15% with the addition of about 50 new trees and a green roof.
“Despite the additional challenges brought on by the pandemic, we have successfully carried out this project without rescheduling any operational or maintenance activities and with no impact on our service. What’s more, we are looking ahead to the future and to bus fleet electrification. We’re thinking about the needs of tomorrow by making space to house the equipment that will be needed to maintain and charge these electric buses.”
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