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Montreal Light Automated Metro
#1
"Quebec's pension fund manager, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, is proposing to fund an ambitious new commuter rail line that would change the face of public transit in Montreal.

The electric, fully automated 67-kilometre rail line would connect 24 stations stretching from the South Shore to Montreal's Trudeau airport and beyond, to both the West Island and Laval."


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/c...-1.3548109
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#2
Here is the map, courtesy of the Montreal Gazette (proposed line in light green):

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Bombardier ART rolling stock?  Canard, we're waiting for your insight!
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#3
On further analysis, I see that the existing Deux-Montagnes line - the only electrified commuter line in the city - will be folded into the network and form its core route. The new southern branches (Brossard, airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue) are the true additions.
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#4
The province buying $1 billion of Bombardier to stabilize it wasn't enough. Almost assuredly, Bombardier will win the portions of this $5.5 billion system which rely on its technology (what fraction of our system's ~$800M / ~$1.9B was Bombardier getting?), further propping up the company.
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#5
(04-22-2016, 01:54 PM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: The province buying $1 billion of Bombardier to stabilize it wasn't enough. Almost assuredly, Bombardier will win the portions of this $5.5 billion system which rely on its technology (what fraction of our system's ~$800M / ~$1.9B was Bombardier getting?), further propping up the company.

If you take a look at the map, you'll notice that the spur going to the airport will have a stop right at Bombardier's front door!

It actually makes sense as a stop, being in the centre of a business park on the route, but it's amusingly convenient nonetheless.
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#6
Will the AMT's new line to the east still head downtown with the conversion?
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(04-22-2016, 01:32 PM)KevinL Wrote: On further analysis, I see that the existing Deux-Montagnes line - the only electrified commuter line in the city - will be folded into the network and form its core route. The new southern branches (Brossard, airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue) are the true additions.

Yes. There is also commuter rail to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue but I don't think it's that frequent. Things might have changed since I last looked at that line. Certainly there is no rail to Brossard or the airport. There are frequent buses. The airport bus works pretty well but has no lane priority so it gets stuck in traffic. The Brossard buses get to run contraflow on the Champlain bridge but I think that will change also.

The real difference here, I think, is that one would presume that light rail would run more often than every hour. The stations are really quite far apart.
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#8
Keep in mind that the term "Light Rail" here is not the same as "Light Rail" that we are getting - it will be more like a fully automated "Light Metro", like Vancouver's Skytrain or the VAL systems in France.
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#9
Interesting that Deux-Montagnes is part of the project. It was proposed in the 60s or 70s that the line become the Metro's "Red Line" but the plans were cancelled. I wonder why AMT wants to get rid of it now; no plans to expand electrification?
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#10
I don't think it's AMT wanting to 'get rid' of it, it's just that it's the only AMT line that's fully electrified and thus is easier to be transitioned.
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