Candiac line

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Candiac Line
A train at Lucien-L'Allier Station.
Type Commuter rail
System Agence métropolitaine de transport
Locale Greater Montreal
Termini Lucien-L'Allier Station


(1 under construction)
Daily ridership 4,600 (2014)[1]
Ridership 1,077,300 (2014)[2]
Opened 1887
Operator(s) Canadian Pacific Railway
Line length 25.6 km (15.9 mi)[3]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map
Carte Mtl Candiac.svg
Candiac Line
Windsor Station
Lucien-L'AllierMontreal Metro.svg Lucien-L'Allier
VendômeMontreal Metro.svg Vendôme
Quebec Autoroute 15.svg Autoroute 15
originally Montreal Junction
AMT Saint-Jérôme icon.png
AMT Vaudreuil–Hudson icon.png
Quebec Autoroute 20.svgAutoroute 20
Du Canal
Lachine Canal
Zone 1
Zone 5
Saint-Laurent Bridge over
Saint Lawrence River
Quebec Autoroute 730.svgAutoroute 730
Quebec Autoroute 15.svg Autoroute 15
layover facility
to be   

The Candiac 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 Candiac Line was originally operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) between 1887 and 1980. The AMT resumed passenger service on this line in 2001.

There are 9 inbound and 9 outbound trains each weekday. [4]


This line links the Lucien-L'Allier station in downtown Montreal with Candiac, on Montreal's South Shore.

The line offers nine departures every weekday towards Montreal and nine return trips to Candiac every weekday. Most departures are during rush hour, but three are offered during off-peak hours in each direction.[4]


Service started on September 4, 2001 with 2 round trips every day. One trainset was used for both departures. In September 2003, service was increased to 4 round trips per day and a second trainset was used. Service was extended to Candiac in 2005. In 2009, two additional departures were added in each direction with leased trainsets being used until new locomotives and rolling stock is received.

Service on the line was suspended from February 17, 2006 to March 9, 2006 after the derailment of 6 Canadian Pacific freight cars on February 17. The freight cars derailed on a bridge used by the train service. This was one of the longest disruptions in train service for the AMT.

The line was renamed on July 1, 2010 from "Delson-Candiac" to simply "Candiac" to standardize formatting across the network.[5]

Future projects[edit]

To improve service and attract new users on the Candiac line, the AMT will carry out three major projects:[6]

  • Improve railway infrastructure on the Adirondack/Lacolle subdivision. The $20-million project includes improving signaling, adding a siding for freight trains, refurbishing switches and improving pedestrian crossings. Work should be completed by 2014.
  • Build a new train station named Du Canal in Lachine along Saint-Joseph Boulevard. This project is part of the MTQ's mitigation measures for the reconstruction of the Turcot interchange. The new station is expected in 2016.
  • Build a new layover facility (overnight service and storage yard) at the end of the line. Construction is linked to the railway improvement project above.

List of stations[edit]

The following stations are on the Candiac line:

Station Location Connections
Lucien-L'Allier Ville-Marie, Montreal Downtown Terminus (Terminus RTL), Lucien-L'Allier metro station, Société de transport de Montréal (STM) 36 (On rue Saint-Antoine),150,358,410,430,535 (On René Lévesque Boulevard), 935 Trainbus Blainville / Centreville (one block away at the corner of René Lévesque Boulevard and Peel Street.[7]
Vendôme Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal (connection to Vendôme metro station) STM 17 (north bound at the corner of Decarie Boulevard and De Maisonneuve Boulevard, south bound at the corner of rue Girouard and chemin Upper Lachine),37,90,102,104,105,124,371 (same corners as 17) & 24,63,356 (these last three one block north on Sherbrooke Street west[8]).
Montréal-Ouest Montreal West STM 51,90 (250 metres south on rue Saint-Jacques),105,123,162,356.
Du Canal Lachine, Montreal Under construction
LaSalle LaSalle, Montreal STM 110.
Sainte-Catherine Sainte-Catherine CIT Roussillon:[9] 33 CIT du Sud-Ouest: 96
Saint-Constant Saint-Constant CIT Roussillon: 30, 35
Delson Delson CIT Roussillon: 36
Candiac Candiac CIT Le Richelain:[10] 1, 10, 31

The commuter line operates over the following Canadian Pacific Railway subdivisions:

  • Westmount Subdivision (between Lucien L'Allier [0.1] and Montreal West [4.6]
  • South Jct Lead (between Montreal West [0.0] and South Jct* [0.7]
  • Adirondack Subdivision (between South Jct [43.9] and Candiac [33.2]

South Jct is not a passenger stop.


  1. ^ "Rapport d'activités 2012" (PDF) (in French). Agence métropolitaine de transport. 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Rapport d'activités 2010" (PDF) (in French). Agence métropolitaine de transport. 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Ligne Candiac" (PDF). AMT. 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ Leduc, Robert (2010-07-01). "Nouveaux noms des lignes de trains de banlieue (New names for commuter train lines)" (in French). Montreal Express. 
  6. ^ AMT PTI 2012-1013-2014
  7. ^ "Plan du Reseau STM 2007" (PDF). STM. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Plan du Reseau de Nuit STM 2006" (PDF). STM. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  9. ^ "CIT Roussillon". CIT Roussillon. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  10. ^ "CIT Le Richelain". CIT Le Richelain. 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 

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