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    Montréal Transit Developments

    That's the Vaudreuil-Hudson line (ex-Rigaud, as nfitz mentionned). Pre-pandemic they ran 6-8 car trains, same with St-Jérôme. Deux-Montagnes had EMUs. Since the pandemic however they run shorter trains with reduced frequencies (it has not increased yet, sadly).
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    I don't know who your engineer friend is, but they just gave a contract to AECOM/Systra to update the study they had started with the Caisse for the new project. The goal is to come up with a solution that is better integrated with existing transport infrastructure (metro blue/green lines...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Yes, the initial plan for the blue line had a 4 stop extension west of Snowdon towards Ville-Saint-Pierre (part of Lachine, it wasn't planned to go all the way to the actual Lachine). The extension east was originally supposed to go northeast to Montréal-Nord, but those plans changed with the...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    That map was a working document created in 1967. It was never intended as a realistic road map of what the network should look like, but rather an exercise to identify key corridors in the city for planning purposes. There is one thing I did not mention though and you made me realize it. The...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Were there ever proposals to significantly expand the metro though? Except for the White line in the 80s, the blue line extension pretty much completes the network as it was planned. We'll probably see an orange line extension to Bois-Francs (and maybe Laval) and extensions on the other lines...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    I love your optimism. Unfortunately it's only going to open in 2029. Maybe STM should have included Saint-Michel in their plans had they known about all the delays (the current phase of the Accessibility program covers 2017-2025 and does not include that station). It is in the "higher...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Mont-Royal metro becomes 20th accessible station on the network! https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/so-much-more-freedom-mont-royal-becomes-20th-accessible-metro-station 11 more stations are currently having elevators installed (opening from 2022 to 2025), with 4 more projects being...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Be careful though. The "losers" here are people who live within walking distance from a metro station in Laval and Longueuil, because they face a steep increase in price, but that's not many people compared to the rest of the metropolitan area. Most people in the suburbs actually have a much...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    It's not that far-fetched to imagine a connection between the CP Parc sub (through Parc des Gorilles) and the CP Westmount sub for connections to the existing network. The real complexity would probably be downtown, connecting with Central Station.
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    VIA Rail

    I was obviously referring to full privatisation, which is what basically happened in the UK in the 90s, and what was talked about in this thread for the last few pages, i.e. dismantling Via. My comments should not be looked at any other way. There's a difference between privatising operations...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Right. The only solution now, if it ever comes to that, is to build a new tunnel from the Parc station and build new central station platforms deep under the existing station. That tunnel would then have to continue west to surface along the CP Westmount sub, or curve to the south and reach the...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    You can't build north from those platforms. They're not deep enough to clear the underground parking lots, the underground city and the metro green line that are meters from there. The difference with the Mont-Royal tunnel is really that nothing was in its way, and no one expected so many...
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    VIA Rail

    Worth saying that the UK has 3 times the population density of southern Ontario and 5 times that of southern Quebec. Privatization is not a good idea because it's just not profitable in Canada. The only way a private company could make a profit carrying passengers here is if CN decided it was in...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    That would be amazing, but very complex. It would require a 5-7km tunnel, and basically a new central station probably deep under the current one. In other words: B-I-L-L-I-O-N-S
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    What's really scary is that all these issues showcase how unsafe the tunnel really was during commuter rail times.

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