Following are some photos I took in Quebec City last weekend of their METROBUS BRT routes. Quebec City has two METROBUS routes that form the backbone of their bus system. The METROBUS routes operate every 15 minutes or less seven days week. And the combined service on the most busy section operates every 7 minutes or less seven days a week.
Major bus stations are pretty big, while the smaller stations are simple shelters with the METROBUS branding on them.
The network operates with bus only lanes, and is pretty fast. Local bus routes connect with the METROBUS at major stations and transfer points.
Current daily ridership on the METROBUS routes is just under 50,000.
In addition to this METROBUS network, the RTC has announced 40,000 extra hours of service improvments to go into service this fall. These improvments include 5 new local routes, plus a new METROBUS route 802. And additional service on some existing routes. These are all part of the Province of Quebec's public transit improvment program, which has targeted to increase transit modal share over the next 5 years across the province.
LED lights on some of the system tell drivers to stay off the bus lane.
One of the larger Metrobus stops in St. Foy, across from a major shopping complexe.
Bus only lanes in the suburb of St. Foy.
It was great riding the bus in Quebec City and bypassing the heavy traffic. As you can see, the bus lane is nice and open while the cars sit in traffic.
Metrobus routes are branded with a special logo.
A METROBUS station in downtown Quebec.
The less major stops are just regular shelters with METROBUS branding on them.
Map thanks to the RTC.