09/30/2013 08:44 EDT | Updated 11/30/2013 05:12 EST

Quebec government invests in Montreal bus lanes

The Quebec government plans to improve public transit in the greater Montreal area by investing $84 million for 208 kilometres in additional reserved bus lanes on and off the island.

"The government of Quebec is a public transportation government," said Quebec Minister of Transport, Sylvain Gaudreault, at a press conference yesterday.

The project is set to be completed in 2015, adding new routes and priority lights to the existing 209 kilometres of reserved bus lanes in the Montreal area. 

Michel Labrecque, chair of the STM's board of directors, said the changes will help commuters predict their travel time.

"I'm in the bus at this hour, 40 minutes from now I will be downtown Montreal. It's not like if I'm in my car and there's a traffic jam or a snowstorm,” said Labrecque.

Labrecque said the changes mean commuters will be spending less time on the road.

"A small increase in average speed of all the network increase a lot the efficiency of the network."