Mascouche Line (AMT)

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     Mascouche Line
Overview
Type Commuter rail
System Agence métropolitaine de transport
Locale Montreal, Lanaudière
Termini Central Station
Mascouche railway station
Stations 13
Daily ridership 11,000 (estimated)
Operation
Opening December 1, 2014
Operator(s) CN Montrain Division
Technical
Line length 52 km (32 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
Carte Mtl Mascouche.svg
Mascouche Line
Mascouche
Terrebonne
Repentigny
Quebec Autoroute 40.svgAutoroute 40
Quebec Autoroute 640.svgAutoroute 640
Rivière des Mille Îles
Pointe-aux-Trembles
Rivière-des-Prairies
Anjou
Saint-Leonard
Montréal-Nord
SauvéMontreal Metro.svg Sauvé
     Saint-Jérôme
Ahuntsic
Quebec Autoroute 15.svgAutoroute 15
     Deux-Montagnes
Quebec Autoroute 40.svgAutoroute 40
Mont-Royal
Canora
originally Portal Heights
     Saint-Jérôme
Mount Royal Tunnel
Central StationMontreal Metro.svg Bonaventure
     Mont-Saint-Hilaire VIA Rail Canada simplified.svg Amtrak

The Mascouche Line is a commuter rail line under construction in Greater Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It will be operated by the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), the umbrella organization that plans, integrates, and coordinates public transportation services across this region.

Commuter service on part of the line was operated by the Canadian National Railway from 1946 until 1968. The AMT is expected to resume passenger service in December 2014.

In March 2014, the AMT started running dynamic tests on the new line.

It was announced that 2 of the 10 new stations, Sauvé and Pointe-aux-Trembles, would be completed in early 2015, a few months after the opening of the line.

Overview[edit]

This line was announced in a press conference on March 17, 2006, and follows a major campaign by the residents of eastern Montréal and the north-eastern suburbs to restore commuter rail service.

The 51-kilometre (32 mi) line will use the Mount Royal Tunnel and Canadian National track from Montreal's Central Station to Repentigny. New track will be built from Repentigny to Terrebonne along the Quebec Autoroute 640, before joining the former Canadian Pacific (now the Chemins de Fer Québec-Gatineau) line to Mascouche. The journey time between Mascouche and downtown Montreal will be 61 minutes.

Originally estimated at $300 million and expected to open in 2008, the line will cost $670 million and service is scheduled for 2014. It will have 13 stops (10 new, three existing) and offer 16 departures per weekday, mainly during rush-hour.

Locomotives[edit]

On May 14, 2007, the AMT and New Jersey Transit put out a joint call for tenders to purchase dual-powered locomotives. In Montreal, the locomotives will switch to electric power at Ahuntsic to enter Mount Royal Tunnel to Central Station. This international project is the first of its kind in North America.[1] Twenty locomotives of type ALP-45DP are being delivered to the AMT from Bombardier Transportation.

History[edit]

Two former commuter train lines ran along part of the route of the line.

Métropolitrain[edit]

A temporary service dubbed the "Métropolitrain" was organized by the STCUM in 1990, while Autoroute 40, the boulevard Métropolitain, was being rebuilt. It ran on Canadian National track from near the Du Collège metro station to Repentigny with an intermediate station near the Sauvé Metro station. There was no direct service to central Montreal. As there was no existing regional transit coordinator at the time, the line was never very successful.

Stations:

CN Montreal North commuter line[edit]

CN operated a commuter service from Central Station to Montreal North from 1946 until November 8, 1968. An electric locomotive and several coaches ran one round trip a day in each direction, in rush hours only. Stations going east along the CN St Laurent Subdivision from Eastern Junction where it meets the Deux-Montagnes line were:

  • Boulevard, at boulevard St. Laurent, which divides Montreal into East and West
  • Ahuntsic, site of current VIA Rail station
  • Sault-au-Récollet, near rue d'Iberville
  • St. Vital, at boulevard St. Michel
  • Pie-IX, at boulevard Pie-IX
  • Ste. Gertrude, at boulevard Ste. Gertrude
  • Montreal North, at boulevard Lacordaire

Ridership was never very high. Near the end, most remaining passengers preferred to switch to the Sauve Metro station on the Orange Line of the Montreal Metro which opened October 14, 1966. Congestion on that line is one of the reasons the Train de l'Est is now under construction.

List of stations[edit]

The following is the list of proposed stations:

Station Location Connections
Central Station Borough of Ville-Marie Via Rail, Amtrak, Downtown Terminus, buses and public transit connections.
Canora Boundary between the town of Mount-Royal and the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce STM buses.
Mont-Royal Town of Mount-Royal STM buses.
Ahuntsic[2][3] Borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville STM buses and within stiff walking distance of the Chabanel station
Sauvé[4] Sauvé Metro station, VIA Rail (See Ahuntsic railway station), STM buses
Saint-Michel-Montréal-Nord[3][5] Boroughs of Montréal-Nord and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension STM 39, 41, 139, 439, 440
Saint-Leonard-Montréal-Nord[3][6] Boroughs of Montréal-Nord and Saint-Léonard STM 32, 33, 136, 432
Anjou[7] Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles STM 28, 40, 44, 444, 448, 449. STL 925 & MRC Les Moulins
Rivière-des-Prairies[8] STM 49.
Pointe-aux-Trembles[9] VIA Rail, (See Pointe-aux-Trembles railway station), STM 186, 410, 430, 486, 487
Repentigny[10] Repentigny Via Rail (Le Gardeur railway station)????
Terrebonne[11] Terrebonne
Mascouche[12] Mascouche

This list may be updated as more information is released.[3]

De l'Acadie, Pie-IX, and Lacordaire stations have been renamed Ahuntsic, Montréal-Nord, and St. Léonard respectively, to avoid confusion with the Métro stations bearing the same names.[3]

Criticism of route[edit]

Most observers[who?] agree that the proposed route from Montreal to Repentigny makes sense, for several reasons, including the use of existing infrastructure. The route from Repentigny to Mascouche has been criticized for several reasons, including:

  • The need to build (some[who?] say unnecessarily) 12 km of track from Repentigny to Mascouche.
  • In the Le Gardeur sector of Repentigny, the new track passes very close to a large General Dynamics munitions plant, where explosives are stored and processed. Both GD and Natural Resources Canada, which regulates explosives in Canada, have raised safety and security issues. AMT has built a large canopied shelter wall and berm between tracks and plant.
  • The proposed route will not serve cities east of Repentigny, particularly L'Assomption and Joliette. Those cities will have bus service to Repentigny.
  • Some say[who?] that AMT could serve Mascouche more cheaply, easily, and quickly by using the CP line that leaves the Saint-Jérôme Line at St. Martin Junction in Laval, also serving the eastern part of that city. AMT plans to reroute the Saint-Jérôme Line to Central Station by 2020.

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