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AMT Launches Mascouche Commuter Rail Line; New Connection to Downtown Montréal from Suburbs

The Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) in Montréal, QC, introduced service Dec. 1 on its newest commuter rail service, the 53-km (almost 33-mile) Mascouche Line.

“We are extremely proud to offer area residents a modern, efficient public transit system,” said AMT President and Chief Executive Officer Nicolas Girard. “The Mascouche Line is the largest public transit project since the extension of the [Société de transport de Montréal] Metro to Laval in 2007. This is a historic moment. … The train is a reliable, comfortable alternative to rush-hour driving.”

Robert Poëti, Québec’s minister of transport and the minister responsible for the Montréal region, called the line’s opening “great news for public transit. Residents of the eastern part of the city and the northeastern periphery—around 700,000 people—now have much-anticipated public transit service that brings the suburbs closer to downtown.”

The route begins with 9 km of AMT’s existing electrified Deux-Montagnes Line from Montréal Central through the Mount Royal tunnel, before diverging to the east. Most of the track is an existing CN freight line, but AMT also constructed 13 km of new track. The trip from end to end takes 65 minutes. The Mascouche Line serves 11 new stations, as well as three existing stations on the Deux-Montagnes Line.

AMT is operating the new route with 30 bi-level railcars and five diesel-electric locomotives, all from Bombardier.

Passengers board AMT's Mascouche Line on opening day, Dec. 1.
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