04/22/2014 07:17 EDT | Updated 06/22/2014 05:59 EDT

STM buses may now travel on Highway 40 shoulders

Starting today, STM buses will be able to use the shoulders of Highway 40 in both directions between Cavendish Boulevard in Saint-Laurent and Saint-Charles Boulevard in Kirkland whenever heavy traffic warrants it.

The preferential measure will benefit users of STM bus routes 72, 220, 470 and 475 lines and will be in effect during periods of heavy traffic when vehicles are moving at less than 50 km/h.

Unauthorized buses, taxis and car-poolers are not allowed to travel on the highway shoulder.

The following routes will benefit from the new measure:

- 72    Alfred-Nobel      

          Between Cavendish Boulevard and the Côte-Vertu interchange

          (westbound  only)

- 220    Kieran           

          Between Cavendish Boulevard and Henri-Bourassa Boulevard

- 470    Express Pierrefonds      

           Between the Côte-Vertu interchange and Saint-Jean Boulevard      

- 475    Express Dollard- des-Ormeaux          

           Between the Côte-Vertu interchange and Sources Boulevard

           (westbound only)

           Between Sources and Cavendish boulevards (eastbound only)