The plan envisages investment of around $C 7.2bn ($US 7.03bn) over the next 10 years, including expansion of the metro and electrification of commuter rail lines.
montreal_metro.jpgCurrently only the Deux-Montagnes commuter line is electrified, but AMT would like to extend electrification to other lines, and has already procured 20 bi-mode ALP-46 DP electric locomotives from Bombardier, with an option for 10 more. AMT says it is consulting with the infrastructure owners, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National, on an electrification schedule for each of its five commuter lines.
Service frequency on the Vaudreuil - Hudson and West Island lines will be increased in an effort to make commuter rail a more attractive option for journeys into the city centre. AMT is also looking at building additional tracks between West Island and Lucien-l'Allier to segregate passenger and freight services.
The plan notes that sections of the metro network, notably the Orange Line between Jean-Talon and Berri-UAQM, and the Green Line between Berri-UAQM and McGill, are approaching capacity.
A fleet of 468 MPM-10 metro cars (pictured) has been ordered from a consortium of Alstom and Bombardier, which will offer a 24% increase in capacity compared with existing trains. These nine-car trains will enter service from February 2014. In addition, the Orange Line will be extended to Bois-Franc and Laval, the Yellow Line will reach Longueil and the Blue Line will be extended to Anjou.
Light rail is also being considered for the A-10 corridor between South Shore and the city centre.
By 2020, 30% of the population will live within 1km of a metro or commuter rail station and 80% will be within 5km.
AMT is also looking at how it can encourage rail passengers to adopt alternatives to the car when travelling to and from the station. At present 38% of commuter rail passengers arrive at stations by bus, bicycle or on foot, and AMT aims to increase this to 50% by 2020.