03/23/2012 09:22 EDT | Updated 05/23/2012 05:12 EDT

New express buses coming to West Island

The West Island will be getting four new express bus routes starting early next month.

The vice chair of the STM, Marvin Rotrand, says the province is spending $16 million to improve public transit leading up to the re-construction of the Turcot Interchange.

“The STM does not have the capacity to add this service, pay for it and run the rest of the network island-wide,” he told CBC.

“The government has decided to give us the money to acquire 32 new buses.”

The new routes are:

- The 405 bus, which will run along Lakeshore.

- The 425, which will travel from Kirkland to the Lionel Groulx metro station.

- The 475, which will run from the Dollard Civic Centre to the Cote Vertu metro.

- The 485, which will take passengers from Pierrefonds and Pointe Claire to the Lionel Groulx station.

Because all the new routes are designated express, there will be a limited number of stops.

Only two of the buses will have service all day. The other two will run during peak hours. There will also be new reserved bus lanes on St. John'sand Pierrefonds boulevards and parts of Highway 20.

Transport Minister Pierre Moreau said he hopes by starting these new bus routes early, West Islanders will be convinced to leave their cars at home and to use public transit to get downtown.