Rapibus: A vehicle for change
Unique in Quebec, the Rapibus is a structuring project that has had a positive impact that will continue to grow over the next few years. Five years after starting operation, the Rapibus is showing its first achievements in terms of the initial objectives:
- Address the increase in trips and attract new riders
- +17.6% smart card validations in the Rapibus sectors (+14.2% elsewhere in the system), from 2012 to 2017
- Without the Rapibus corridor, an additional 440 bus trips per day would run on our routes and add to vehicle traffic
- Providing reliable public transit that avoids traffic congestion
- According to our current service standards, 83% of trips in the Rapibus sectors are on time, compared with 69% prior to 2013
- The average service speed in the Rapibus corridor is 30 km/h compared with 25 km/h throughout the entire system
- Linking the main business, cultural, sports and economic districts
By serving new destinations in the Hull and Gatineau sectors, the Rapibus addressed the needs of students and workers in sectors outside the downtown areas. Moreover, the Rapibus helped to considerably increase the number of trips during non-peak periods in the sectors east of the Gatineau River.
- +64% in trips within the Gatineau sector, from 2012 to 2017
- +94% in trips between the Rapibus sectors (Gatineau/Buckingham/Masson-Angers) and districts now served in the Hull sector, from 2012 to 2017
- +250 academic institutions, boutiques and businesses are now accessible via the Rapibus corridor, including the future Robert Guertin Centre
- Address the City of Gatineau's land use planning vision
Today, the Rapibus corridor offers an efficient public transit solution for residents in Gatineau's east end, in addition to a new 10.7-km cycling link that allows riders to combine active transportation with public transit modes. This public transit axis contributes to sustainable mobility in the City of Gatineau area, and supports the diversity of uses, densification and realization of projects around the Rapibus stations.
- On average, the Pont Noir bridge is used by cyclists 800 times per day
Continuous improvement to benefit our clientele
Transportation systems on the scale of the Rapibus are designed to deliver faster commutes over time and with the evolution of traffic congestion. Consequently, the Rapibus can still improve on its performance. Moreover, we are working in partnership with the City of Gatineau, Quebec Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification and the National Capital Commission to correct issues outside the corridor including access to Montcalm station from the Allumettières reserved lane. Eventually, the Rapibus project will be able to expand its service prospects when it connects with Aéroport. Until then, extending the Rapibus corridor to Lorrain will allow a significant number of our riders to see improved travel times while reducing pressure on the Labrosse Park-and-Ride.
Although the Rapibus had a shaky start, the results today show that the actions taken since service began have allowed this project to integrate into the urban framework and become a vital part of Gatineau. Five years later, we can see that this infrastructure now has a major impact on how people get around and on how our city is developing.
Because the needs of the population are constantly evolving and growing, our teams continue to work to introduce improvements.
To learn more, we invite you to read the full review (available in French only).
Unique in Quebec, the Rapibus corridor is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system built along the existing railway right-of-way.
It is a two-way corridor more than 12 km long that is reserved exclusively for buses. It links Labrosse and Alexandre-Taché boulevards and provides service to the downtown areas of the Hull sector and Ottawa along reserved lanes.
Ten stations along the corridor offer numerous amenities.
Park-and-ride lots and bicycle paths
- A system with high-frequency routes along a corridor.
- Higher capacity, quieter and cleaner articulated buses, combined with regular buses.
- Local routes serving various areas of interest in a neighbourhood and converging at a terminus, such as a Rapibus station or a park-and-ride.
- Easy access to the main business, academic, recreational and commercial centres.
The Rapibus is part of a new public transit system that takes the needs of the entire community into account. It is a new way of travelling, for a future… together!
Construction of the Lorrain station and incentive parking lot
This spring will see the start of construction on the Lorrain station and its incentive parking lot with more than 219 parking spaces. The work will be done at 115 Lorrain in the Gatineau sector.
The park-and-ride will therefore be closed for the duration of the work starting April 1, 2018. The reopening date has not been determined for the moment.
The Lorrain Park-and-Ride bus stop will continue to be served during construction. However, it could be moved several metres depending on need.
Extension of the Rapibus towards the east (Lorrain)
Now that the investment from the governments of Quebec and Canada has been confirmed, the next phases in this extension are:
- Conduct environmental studies;
- Organize information sessions with residents affected by the construction and address their concerns;
- Finalize development of the plans and specifications;
- Launch the call for tenders for construction of the Labrosse-Lorrain segment, including the Lac-Beauchamp station;
- Award the construction contract according to procurement rules;
- Roll out a communication plan for the anticipated two years of construction (2019 and 2020);
- Offer a BRT system along the Rapibus corridor for a distance of almost 15 kilometres (2021).
- Offer significant time savings for riders coming from the east end of the Gatineau sector by reducing the expected time between the Lorrain and Labrosse stations, especially during peak periods.
Comparison of travel times based on the possible routes, morning and afternoon peak period, between Labrosse and Lorrain stations.
- Increase the population base within walking distance of the Rapibus corridor.
- Increase access to Lac Beauchamp Park and its activities. Contribute to the economic revitalization of adjacent sectors.