March 14, 2018 12:43 pm
Updated: March 14, 2018 4:48 pm

Montreal’s commuter train network promises to improve services

WATCH: Riders on Montreal's RTM commuter train are expecting to benefit from massive infrastructure investments. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, the goal is to improve reliability.

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Riders on Montreal’s Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) commuter train are expecting to benefit from massive infrastructure investments meant to improve time performance and train reliability.

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There is a plan to inject $450 million over the next five years on the rolling stock, operations and maintenance.

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As an incentive to keep using the public transit system, riders will be offered a 30 per cent rebate on one monthly pass or six free train tickets to compensate for delays earlier this year.

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Some of the details include:

  • Installing new electrical components on the Deux-Montagnes line switching system to prevent snow buildup that could freeze over.
  • Strengthening railway bridges.
  • Adding storage tracks, locomotive tests and reproofing buildings at the Lachine Maintenance Centre to improve maintenance and reliability.
  • Assigning staff to strategic locations during the winter to prevent delays caused by switching and signalling problems.
  • Performing maintenance work on one quarter of the 400 switches on the network before winter 2018-2019.
  • Adding electrical heating elements to 20 cold air blowers on the Deux-Montagnes line.
  • Installing 27 switch heaters to be installed on five lines.
  • Upgrading existing MR-90 trains on the Deux-Montagnes line.
  • Replacing 30-year-old locomotives with 10 new ones with lower greenhouse emissions.

The Deux-Montagnes line represents 40 per cent of ridership on all six lines of the RTM.

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It has not benefited from any new investments in infrastructure or rolling stock in 23 years.

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