Articulated buses will hit Montreal streets next month for the first time, a city council meeting was told on Monday.

The 60-foot, accordion-like vehicles will serve densely-populated east-end neighbourhoods such as St. Michel, Cote-des-Neiges and Park Extension.

A total of 200 extended buses will be rolled out by 2011.

They're already on the roads of other major cities and they're more economical to run than traditional buses, says city councilor Marvin Rotrand.

Bixi update 

Councillors were also updated on the new Bixi rental bikes that are available at various spots around town.

The city says the number of signed-up users has quadrupled in the two weeks since the bike-sharing service was launched.

There's now talk of extending the Bixi rental stations eastward into Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.