East of Montreal, ARTM says tram will be cheap and quickly delivered

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As it turns out, the $13 billion tramway option east of Montreal has been confirmed by the press to replace the $36 billion underground light rail proposed last summer. The Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority (ARTM) says the project will be three times cheaper, but above all, “quickly delivered,” and it is already considering extensions to Lanaudière and Rivière-des-Prairies.

“We will propose a new project that is three times cheaper, more efficient, and faster to deliver, allowing for improvements in urban development. It is a project based on the needs of the current and future population,” ARTM director general Benoît Gendron argued on Friday.

A preliminary report on the Eastern Structuring Project (PSE) states, Press Received, that his team noted that “ridership numbers and maximum hourly load data favor the surface rail mode.”. “The capacity of a mode on tyres, such as the SRB (Rapid Bus Service), which is competitive in terms of commercial speed, cannot adequately meet travel needs, as the expected number of passengers cannot be carried on time. Is sent.” It is written.

According to the report, the final version of which will be presented in the coming weeks, passenger comfort “will be affected in a mode on capacity tires,” such as SRB, while “in turn, the mode on rails offers more space and more space for the cars than it requires.” Capacity can be increased by adding a grassroots system. We anticipate that a grassroots system will also make it possible to better establish itself in neighborhoods.

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Extension under study

As we reported in early January, the selection of the tramway would reduce the estimated total cost by around £13 billion. The proposed tramway would have 31 kilometers of rail and 28 stations, at an average distance of 1.1 kilometres.

The target timetable is around 2035 or 2036. The commercial speed of the future tramway will be between 27 and 31 km/h, which is higher than the speed planned for the Quebec tramway, which is back on the drawing board. For comparison, an SRB will only travel at about 22 km/h. Other methods, such as tram-train or light rail systems (LRT), are also analyzed but do not appear to be feasible.

  • Preferred Route Of A Future Tramway.
    Courtesy ARTM

    Preferred route of a future tramway.

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PSE chief Marc Dion said on Friday that surface mode speeds are based on “much less frequent and widely spaced stops.”. “The insertion is also completely on its own site, so without interference from traffic routes,” he argued.

The route will remain the same as in the initial scenario, along the axis of Lacordaire Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street East, between Cégep Marie-Victorin and Pointe-aux-Trembles station, along the green metro line. In the MRC of L’Assomption, extensions towards Rivière-des-Prairies and Repentigny are also envisaged. Without these two extensions, the project would be 21 kilometers long, have 22 stations, and cost ₹10 billion.

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Initially, the extension to Lanaudière could take a bus or even an SRB. Additionally, according to ARTM, adding a rapid bus connection using reserved lanes on Highway 25 would have the potential impact of increasing ridership by approximately 14% over the project studied.

In short, the tramway’s connection with the Montreal metro will be on two lines: first, with the future Lacordaire station, which is included in the extension of the Blue Line, whose work should end in 2030; then, with the green line, with Cadillac and Honoré-Beaugrand. On the line.

26,300 extreme users

Ridership of this tramway will, within 12 years, be “approximately 26,300 users during the morning rush hour” in 2036, equivalent to 850 passengers per kilometre. The margin of error puts ridership between 23,300 and 27,300 trips, for a total of about 86,000 trips per day.

The maximum hourly load, i.e., the peak number of passengers at the busiest station, will be 3,650 passengers per hour on the northern branch and 4,200 passengers per hour on the eastern branch. The modal shift from motorists to public transport will be around 17%. “This means one in six users will leave their car, so there will be 4,500 fewer cars in the morning,” Mr. Dion argued.

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It will take approximately 16 minutes to cover the distance between Pointe-aux-Trembles and Honoré-Beaugrand station by tram, a saving of 10 minutes compared to the current situation. On the northern branch, it will take us 20 minutes from 42 between Cadillac station and Marie-Victorin CEGEP, a gain of 22 minutes.

In the office of Transport Minister Geneviève Guilbault, we remain vigilant. “We will wait to receive the report and analyze it before commenting on it. However, we reiterate our commitment to the east of Montreal: we want a structural transportation network to ensure its development,” argued communications director Maxime Roy.

In September, Prime Minister François Legault committed to bringing the REM de l’Est to Lanaudière in front of businesspeople from the region.

“We will take time to analyze the report and have the necessary discussions with the government before commenting on it,” argued Sophie Mouzerole, head of mobility at the Montreal executive committee, reiterating her desire to see the birth of a structural transportation project. . “to ensure the development of eastern Montreal.”.

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