The STM will begin road work in NDG this month to create a reserved bus lane on Sherbrooke Street West.
Most NDG residents said encouraging public transit is always a good thing but with current closures on Sherbrooke, De Maisonneuve, Decarie and more, they say traffic is already a nightmare.
“It’s good news to have a lane but the timing is not ideal with all the other construction,” one resident said.
“Getting out of the neighborhood is very difficult, it takes more time to get to Girouard than to get downtown, so it might be a good thing?” Victor Piché who’s lived in NDG since the 70s said.
Some merchants weren’t happy to hear about the road work that the STM will be doing in May and June to prepare the lane.
Mary who works at restaurant B&M said she didn’t like the idea of parking spots being taken away.
“Our delivery drivers are pissed because where are we going to park? Where are our customers going to park?”
Down the road the owner of Marché Poison et Viande said he's had to let go of three employees this winter because business is down and he fears this will make it worse.
“There was a lot of snow, the street wasn’t clean, so there was no parking, now the street is clean, but if this happens, again it will go down.”
The reserved lane will be used by the 105 and 420 bus. It will run during rush hour between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM between Elmhurst and Girouard. Between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM it will run between Addington and West Broadway.
STM CEO Philippe Schnobb told CJAD the work would start as soon as the weather permits.