Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line (AMT)

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An outbound train departing Saint-Basile-le-Grand Station.
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System Agence métropolitaine de transport
Locale Montreal, Montérégie
Termini Central Station
Mont-Saint-Hilaire railway station
Stations 7
Daily ridership 9,900 (2013)[1]
Ridership 2,272,900 (2013)[1]
Operation
Opening 1859
Operator(s) CN's Montrain Division
Technical
Line length 34.9 km (21.7 mi)[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
Carte Mtl Mont-Saint-Hilaire.svg
Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line
     Deux-Montagnes
     Mascouche (under construction)
Central Station
Montreal Metro.svg Bonaventure VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Amtrak
Victoria Bridge over
St. Lawrence River
Zone 1
Zone 3
Saint-Lambert
Longueuil–Saint-Hubert
Zone 3
Zone 5
Saint-Bruno
Saint-Basile-le-Grand
Zone 5
Zone 6
McMasterville
Richelieu River
Mont-Saint-Hilaire

The Mont-Saint-Hilaire line is a commuter railway line in Greater Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is operated by the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), the umbrella organization that plans, integrates, and coordinates public transport services across this region.

The Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line was operated by the Canadian National Railway (CN) between 1859 and 1988. The AMT resumed passenger service on the line in 2000.

There are 7 inbound and 7 outbound departures per weekday.[1]

Overview[edit]

This line links the Central Station in downtown Montreal with Mont-Saint-Hilaire, on Montreal's South Shore.

The line offers seven departures every weekday morning towards Montreal and seven returns to Saint-Hilaire every weekday evening. It is also the only commuter train line not to have any train stations on the island of Montreal outside of Downtown Montreal. All the other train lines have at least 4 stops before leaving the island.[2]

The trains are owned and managed by the Agence métropolitaine de transport, and operated by Canadian National's Montrain division.

Today, over 9,000 people ride this train daily.

History[edit]

Historically this commuter route was operated by CN. Equipment in the late 1960s and early 1970s, operated once daily each direction, was a hodgepodge of ca 1930 coaches and an equally eclectic mix of yard switchers, freight and passenger diesel electric engines.

Future projects[edit]

To improve service and attract new users on the Saint-Hilaire line, the AMT will carry out two main projects:[3]

  • Build an intermodal train station in Saint-Hubert. The station's first phase, which includes a tunnel to cross the tracks, is completed and the end of 2013
  • Increase railway capacity on the line shared with CN freight trains. Work should begin in 2013.

List of stations[edit]

The following stations are on the Mont-Saint-Hilaire line:

Station Location Connections
Gare Centrale Montreal Via Rail, Amtrak, Downtown Terminus (Terminus RTL). Bonaventure metro station, Société de transport de Montréal (STM) 150, 358, 410, 430, 515, 535, 935 (within walking distance along René Lévesque Boulevard), 61, 75, 168, 420 (On University Street), 74, 75 (On rue de la Gauchetière).[4]
Saint Lambert Saint-Lambert Via Rail, Amtrak, RTL:[5] 1, 6, 55, 106
Longueuil – Saint-Hubert Saint-Hubert RTL: 8, 88
Saint-Bruno Saint-Bruno RTL: 91, 92, 93, 99
Saint-Basile-le-Grand Saint-Basile-le-Grand CIT Vallée de Richelieu:[6] 24, 200, 300
McMasterville McMasterville CIT Vallée de Richelieu: 20, 23, 200, 300
Mont-Saint-Hilaire Mont-Saint-Hilaire CIT Vallée de Richelieu: 11, 21, 22, 25

The commuter line operates over the following Canadian National subdivision:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Rapport d'activités 2012" (in French). Agence métropolitaine de transport. 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Horaire Montreal/Mont-Saint-Hilaire" (PDF). AMT. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  3. ^ AMT PTI 2012-2013-2014 http://www.amt.qc.ca/uploadedfiles/amt/site_corpo/nouvelles_et_publications/PTI_2012-13-14.pdf
  4. ^ "Plan du Reseau STM 2007" (PDF). STM. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Reseau de transport de Longueuil". RTL. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  6. ^ "CIT Vallée-du-Richelieu". CITVR. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 

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