Saint-Jérôme line

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Inbound train at Parc station
TypeCommuter rail
SystemRéseau de transport métropolitain
LocaleGreater Montreal
Daily ridership14,800 (2017)[1]
Ridership3,223,800 (2017)
Line numberSJ
WebsiteRTM - Saint-Jérôme line
OwnerCanadian Pacific Railway (railways between Lucien-L'Allier and Sainte-Thérèse, RTM (rolling stock and railways between Sainte-Thérèse and Saint-Jérôme)
Operator(s)Bombardier Transportation
Line length62.8 km (39.0 mi)[2]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
Carte Mtl Blainville Saint-Jérôme.svg
Saint-Jérôme line
Original station
Zone 7
Zone 6
Zone 6
Zone 5
Zone 5
Zone 3
originally Petite-Cote
Saint-Martin Junction
QGR to Quebec City
De La Concorde
Zone 3
Zone 2
originally Henri-Bourassa
Zone 2
Zone 1
Jean Talon
Montreal Metro.svg Parc
originally Montreal Junction
Windsor Station

Saint-Jérôme (also designated exo2, formerly known as Blainville–Saint-Jérôme) is a commuter railway line in Greater Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is operated by Exo, the umbrella organization that operates public transport services across this region.

The Saint-Jérôme line was operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) between 1882 and 1981. The line was not active until Exo's predecessor agency, the Agence Métropolitaine de transport (AMT), resumed passenger service in 1997.

There are 13 inbound and 13 outbound departures each weekday. There are six departures on Saturday and Sunday, although these trains terminate at De La Concorde station with connection to De La Concorde Metro station, instead of continuing to Parc or Lucien-L'Allier Station.[3]


This line links the Lucien-L'Allier station in Downtown Montreal with Saint-Jérôme, on Montreal's North Shore. More than 2000 Park and Ride spaces are available for commuters.

The line offers service on weekdays with limited service to and from de la Concorde Metro on weekends. The frequency of service is 25–45 minutes during rush hour and every two hours outside of rush hour, of which five trips continue to or begin at Lucien-L'Allier station. All other trips begin or end at Parc Metro station.[3]

Today, more than 14,000 people ride the line daily.


CP Service[edit]

The line between Montreal and Saint-Jérôme was built in 1876 by the Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and Occidental Railway (QMOO), which was owned by the Government of Quebec. In 1881, it was sold to Canadian Pacific along with the line on the north shore of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, between Quebec City and Ottawa. CP operated Le petit train du nord, the Ottawa train via Lachute, the Quebec train via Trois-Rivières as well as the Sainte-Thérèse RDC train along this route between 1882 and 1979.

AMT Service[edit]

The Montreal–Blainville line was originally opened in July 1997 and was supposed to serve commuters during the construction on the Marius Dufresne Bridge. In its early stages of life, the AMT Blainville train was composed of a GP9 locomotive and four Canadian Vickers Gallery Coaches. Although it offered only three departures per day (two peak, one reverse peak), it instantly became very successful. In 1997, there were only four stations: Blainville, Sainte-Thérèse, Saint-Martin, and Jean-Talon (now Parc). The stations were merely wooden platforms with gravel parking lots; not too much money was spent because the line was not supposed to become permanent. Service increased in September 1997 to six departures per day (four peak, two reverse peak) and stations were added at Sainte-Rose and Henri-Bourassa (now Bois-de-Boulogne), the line had become permanent. The Rosemère station at Rosemère was built in 1998.

To make the operation successful, buses were used to carry passengers from areas around the stations in Blainville and Sainte-Thérèse. These buses came from the CIT des Basses-Laurentides (now CIT Laurentides). In Montreal, STCUM (now STM) buses were used from the Jean-Talon Station to downtown Montreal (Guy-Concordia) metro station (The 935 Trainbus Blainville / Centreville).[4]

In 1999, the STCUM had problems with a number of buses in their Nova LFS fleet, pulling them off the roads completely. To cope with the situation the AMT decided to extend the service from Parc metro directly downtown to Gare Windsor (now Lucien-L'Allier Terminus).

A little while later, a stop was added at the currently existing Vendôme station.

In late 2003, a stop was added at Montréal-Ouest. Trains previously passed through the station without stopping.

Following the collapse of the De la Concorde overpass in Laval in October 2006, the AMT opened the temporary station Vimont on Bellerose Boulevard in anticipation of increased ridership. The AMT also leased 8 bilevel coaches and one F59PH locomotive from GO Transit to allow of additional trains in the short term. In November the highway was re-opened, and the leased train set was returned to GO Transit; however, the Vimont station became a permanent stop on the line.

End of the line at Saint-Jérôme

On January 8, 2007, the line was extended from Blainville to Saint-Jérôme; The new Chabanel station was also opened, and a new schedule was released. As a result, only 10 round trips are made per day instead of 11.[5]

On April 28, 2007, along with the opening of the metro to Laval, the De La Concorde station was opened. The Saint-Martin station was closed due to its proximity to De La Concorde.

In 2013, work was completed to double the track between Sainte-Rose station and Saint-Martin Junction and install Automatic Train Control (ATC) between Parc station and the end of the line in Saint-Jérôme. Various upgrading at different stations is ongoing and will be complete by November 2013. The $50-million project allowed for the addition of six weekday departures starting August 5, 2013.[6]

RTM service[edit]

On June 1, 2017, the AMT was dissolved and replaced by two new governing bodies, the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) and the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM). The RTM took over all former AMT services, including this line, and changed its name to Exo in May 2018.

Future projects[edit]

The ARTM is currently considering the following future projects:[7]

  • A train station is projected in Mirabel. The project has been delayed for years due to agricultural zoning issues. The station is due to start construction in 2016 with a completion date in 2017.
  • The ARTM is planning a station in Outremont at the current site of the Outremont Yards. The Université de Montréal purchased the land and plans to convert the rail yards into a new campus in Montréal. The project is currently under study by the City of Montréal and the ARTM. No timeline has been given.
  • The ARTM is studying improving access to its Blainville and Sainte-Thérèse train stations as well as doubling the railway between Sainte-Rose and Sainte-Thérèse, which includes work to double the track over a bridge.


There are 13 stations on the Saint-Jérôme Line:

Station Location Connections Zones
Lucien-L'Allier Ville-Marie, Montreal Lucien-L'Allier Metro station, STM buses 36, 150, 178, 350, 355, 358, 364, 410, 420, 427, 430, 435, 747.[8] 1
Vendôme Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal Vendôme Metro station, STM buses 17, 37, 90, 102, 104, 105, 124, 371.[9]
Montréal-Ouest Montreal West STM buses 51, 90, 105, 123, 162, 356.[10]
Parc Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Montreal Parc Metro station, STM buses 16, 80, 92, 93, 365, 372, 435.[9] AMT bus 935.[2]
Chabanel Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Montreal STM buses 19, 54, 135, 146.[10] Less than one kilometre walking distance of the Ahuntsic station on the Mascouche line.[11]
Bois-de-Boulogne STM buses 135, 164, 171, 180, 380.[12] 2
De La Concorde Laval-des-Rapides, Laval De La Concorde Metro station,[13] STL buses 2, 33, 37, 42, 63.[14] 3
Vimont Vimont, Laval STL buses 27, 45.[15]
Sainte-Rose Sainte-Rose, Laval STL buses 63, 65, 73.[16]
Rosemère Rosemère CITLA buses 12, 15, 17, 20, 22.[17] 5
Sainte-Thérèse Sainte-Thérèse CITLA buses 9, 11, 22, 23, 27, 51, 60, 61, 73, 88.[18]
MRC Les Moulins: 23.[18]
Blainville Blainville CITLA buses 70, 71, 72.[19] 6
Saint-Jérôme Saint-Jérôme CITLA buses 9, 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 107.[20]

CRTL bus 35.[20]
Intercity buses from Groupe Galland,[21] Autobus Maheux[22] and Transport Adapté et Collectif des Laurentides (TACL).[23]



Westmount Subdivision Lucien-L'Allier 0.1 Montreal West 4.6
North Junction Lead Montreal-West 0.0 St-Luc Jct* 2.1
Adirondack Subdivision St-Luc Jct 45.4 Outremont* 49.1
Parc Subdivision Outremont 4.7 Saint-Jérôme 32.9
* Saint-Luc Jct and Outremont are not passenger stops.


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  2. ^ a b "RTM - Saint-Jérôme line - Information". Réseau de transport métropolitain. 2017. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  3. ^ a b "Horaire ligne Saint-Jérôme" (PDF) (in French). Agence métropolitaine de transport. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  4. ^ "Reprise du service de la navette trainbus 935, de la gare Jean-Talon au centre-ville". AMT. 1999. Retrieved 2006-12-26.
  5. ^ "Train de Banlieue Montréal/Blainville/Saint-Jérôme" (PDF). AMT. 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  6. ^ Increasing capacity on the Blainville–St-Jérôme Line
  7. ^ Programme triennal d'immobilisations (in French only)
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  13. ^ "De la Concorde". STM. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
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  15. ^ "AMT - Saint-Jérôme line > Bus transfers". AMT. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
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  19. ^ "AMT - Saint-Jérôme line > Bus transfers". AMT. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  20. ^ a b "AMT - Saint-Jérôme line > Bus transfers". AMT. 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-08.
  21. ^ (in French). Groupe Galland Retrieved 2015-06-08. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ (PDF) (in French). Autocars Maheux Retrieved 2015-06-08. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ (PDF) (in French). Transport Adapté et Collectif des Laurentides Retrieved 2015-06-08. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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