The city is undertaking a pilot project for automated electric shuttles in the Plaza Saint-Hubert area on Rue Saint-Hubert and Rue Saint-André. The project will have two phases. The first will take place this fall and the second in summer 2022.
These shuttles are free of charge, safe and universally accessible. They make travel easier while reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Five people can take the shuttle at one time.
A project with two phases
The first phase of the project will begin in October and ended on December 10, 2021. Two shuttles will run along a two kilometre loop on Rue Saint-Hubert and Rue Saint-André, between Rue Jean-Talon Est et Beaubien Est.
The second phase of the project, with a longer route, will take place from May to July 2022. The shuttles will be synchronized with buses on the STM’s 30 route to avoid slowing down service.
Two completely automated shuttles
The shuttles for the project are similar to buses. Although they are automated, there is always an operator on board for safety reasons. Shuttles are programmed to run along a predefined route and operate at low speeds, no faster than 20 km/h.
Assessing the benefits of the pilot project
The shuttle routes will be tested during the project in both residential and commercial contexts. The city will survey residents throughout the pilot project with a view to providing mobility solutions that are adapted to the population.
A test phase without passengers will take place from September 14 to October 4. Before shuttles begin running, minor roadwork, road surface marking, pothole repair and new signal sign installation will take place through October 4. Four street parking spaces and four spaces in the Rue Saint-André parking lot will be removed.
Enlivening the area
These shuttles will boost economic activity in the area by creating an attractive hub that will benefit merchants and enliven the area by attracting more clients. This new method of transportation that is comfortable and environmentally respectful will provide service to the area while improving the active and public transportation experience for users.