June 10, 2013 8:47 pm

Train de l’Ouest ‘favourable,’ source tells Global News

MONTREAL – Some good news may be on its way to commuter train riders in Montreal’s West Island.

Sources have told Global News that the long awaited $22-million feasibility study on the future Train de l’Ouest project is “favourable.”

The AMT president, Nicolas Girard, would not confirm what sources are telling Global News but he did confirm that the AMT has plans to improve train service for commuters in the West Island and beyond.

“We need some measure short term, mid term and long term. And that’s the plan of AMT,” he said.

Building new tracks owned and operated by the AMT is expected to cost more than $1 billion, but this would end the reliance on Canadian Pacific. The private railroad company owns the tracks on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line and gives priority to freight trains over the AMT, which constantly struggles to add more trains.

The AMT will present the conclusions of the feasibility study to West Island mayors at the end of the month. It will then make recommendations to the Transport Minister by the end of the year.

© Shaw Media, 2013

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