Eastward extension of the Rapibus corridor
The Rapibus is the first bus rapid transit (BRT) system to have seen the light of day in Quebec. That 14,8 km corridor, exclusively reserved for buses, has linked the Taché-UQO and Lorrain stations. An opportunity study for the extension to Boulevard de l'Aéroport is underway.
Opportunity study - Rapibus extention to Aeroport boulevard
Carried out in collaboration with CIMA+, the opportunity study that has begun in September will identify and analyze the needs and constraints of this additional section. It will demonstrate its relevance, while taking into account current and future mobility needs.
The study lasts approximately 18 months and includes public consultations at various key moments.
The main stages of the opportunity study:
- Establish the portrait of the territory and the need for the extension;
- Propose 3 route solutions that meet the objectives;
- Analyze and compare the 3 solutions;
- Present the results and recommended solution;
- Refine the recommended solution and table the final report for Spring 2024.
To carry out this study, we are working in collaboration with:
- The City of Gatineau;
- The Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable;
- The National Capital Commission; and
- The Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais.
Additional section to boulevard Lorrain
The 2.8 km portion along the existing train tracks links the Labrosse and Lorrain stations, stopping at the Lac Beauchamp station.
It includes, among other things:
- a 2.8-kilometre two-lane road reserved for buses;
- a 2.8-kilometre paved multi-purpose bike path;
- a station with all-season bus access to parc du Lac-Beauchamp; and
- two crossings over the multi-purpose path, and one next to the Lac Beauchamp station.
From the very start of the project, we were committed to complying with all of the environmental requirements, laws and regulations in effect. As well, we are introducing a series of environmental measures to reduce, as much as possible, the impact of the construction work.
We are working in collaboration with:
- Ville de Gatineau,
- Quebec's ministère des Transports,
- Quebec's ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques,
- Quebec's ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs;
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and
- JFSA, a firm specializing in the environment and water.
System changes in Labrosse and Lorrain sectors
Main phases of the project
Spring to autumn2020
- Preparation of the terrain – Wildlife Barrier.
- Online information evening on November 24, 2020. Consult the following for more details:
- The presentation (available in French);
- The recording of the evening (available in French);
- The questions asked during the evening, and their answers.
- Architectural implementation and integration plan (PIIA).
- Selection of a general construction contractor.
- Start of construction work, including necessary three cleaning activities for the project;
2021, 2022 and 2023
- Construction work and implementation of environmental measures.
- Public consultation ion service changes in the Labrosse and Lorrain Boulevard sectors.
- The planning phase of the Rapibus extension to Aeroport Boulevard opportunity study begins.
Summer and Spring 2023
- Completion of construction work on the additional section of the Rapibus to Lorraine Boulevard.
- Commissioning of the new section between Labrosse and Lorrain stations, passing through the Lac-Beauchamp station.
- Tabling of the final report of the feasibility study for the extension of the Rapibus corridor to de l'Aeroport Boulevard.
- Press Release | August 25, 2023 Prolongement du corridor Rapibus : Un lien structurant de transport en commun transformateur pour l'est de Gatineau
- Press Release | June 5, 2023 Prolongement du Rapibus jusqu'au boulevard de l'Aéroport : La STO lance une deuxième consultation publique
- Press Release | May 10, 2023 Prolongement du Rapibus jusqu'au boulevard de l'Aéroport : 80 % des répondants se disent très favorables au projet
- Press Release | February 27, 2023
Révision de l'offre de service dans certains secteurs : les citoyens sont invités à se prononcer
- Press Release | December 1st, 2022
Consultation publique dans le cadre de l'étude d'opportunité du prolongement du Rapibus jusqu'au boulevard de l'Aéroport : La STO invite la population à contribuer
- Press Release | November 15, 2022
Prolongement du corridor Rapibus : les citoyens invités à contribuer à la révision de service dans ces secteurs (in French only)
- Press Release | June 23, 2022
Le Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire (CHAU) aux portes du Rapibus (in French only)
- Press Release | June 20, 2022
Rapibus : en route vers le boulevard de l'Aéroport (in French only)
- Press Release | January 28, 2021
Début des travaux du corridor Rapibus vers Lorrain (in French only)
- Press Release | April 29, 2020
Preparation of the terrain in anticipation of the Rapibus extension to Lorrain (in French only)
- Press Release | April 23, 2020
Opening of the Lorrain station (in French only)
- Press Release | October 19, 2018
Five-year status report on the Rapibus corridor (in French only)
- Press Release | March 26, 2018
Government assistance program for public transit - The Government of Quebec announces more than $26 M for completion of the Rapibus (in French only)