Blue Line (Montreal Metro)
|Blue Line / Ligne Bleue|
|Locale||Montreal, (QC), Canada.|
|Opened||June 16, 1986|
|Operator(s)||Société de transport de Montréal (STM)|
|Depot(s)||Plateau d'Youville (connected to line 2, for MR-73 cars)
Snowdon tail tracks and connecting track (connected to line 2, for maintenance of way equipment)
|Rolling stock||Bombardier Transportation MR-73 cars|
|Line length||9.7 km (6.0 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||"Third rail", 750 V DC on the guide bars at either side of the track|
|Operating speed||40 km/h (25 mph)|
The Blue Line (French: Ligne bleue) is one of the four lines of the Montreal Metro in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was the fourth to be built, notwithstanding its alternate official name of "Line 5" (Line 3 was planned, but never built). Unlike the other three routes, the Blue Line does not serve the city's main Metro station, Berri-UQAM.
The line is served by a single yard located between Parc and de Castelnau stations which is completely underground and occupies a small portion underneath Jarry Park. Another service facility is located at the 500-metre end tracks following Snowdon station, but is rarely used by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
On September 20, 2013, a 7-km extension northeast to St. Leonard and Anjou was announced by the STM and the Quebec government. The extension is to include five new stations and is planned to be operational by 2020. On May 28, 2014, it was announced that the project would be reviewed in priorities after the new government took over, and that if accepted again, construction would start in 2017.
Construction of Snowdon station began in 1975, with two platform levels. In 1979, the provincial government decided to build the Blue Line. On June 16, 1986 the first section, between Saint-Michel to De Castelnau opened. This was followed by the section from De Castelnau to Parc on June 15, 1987 and Parc to Snowdon on January 4, 1988. The opening of the intermediate station Acadie was delayed for almost three months. It was finally opened on March 28, 1988. Other planned extensions at both ends of the route have so far been omitted due to financial reasons.
The Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) published a study, Vision 2020, in December 2011. According to this, the Blue Line will be extended northeast of Saint-Michel to Anjou. There are a total of five planned new stations: Pie-IX, Viau, Lacordaire, Langelier, Anjou. The terminus would be located at the Galeries d'Anjou shopping centre, near the junction of Autoroute 25 and Autoroute 40. On September 20, 2013, the provincial government announced that the extension would proceed and committed $38.8 million to set up a "Project Office" tasked with preparing detailed financial and technical plans within two years.
Another proposed expansion involves extending the Blue Line southwest from Snowdon. This extension would serve Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Côte-Saint-Luc and Montreal West. This Metro extension has been put on hold indefinitely.
The Édouard-Montpetit station is located near the northern entrance of the Mount Royal Tunnel. Plans to link the station to the AMT's Deux-Montagnes line were not pursued because the height difference between the two levels is 50 metres. In April 2016, this interchange received renewed interest as part of the proposed Réseau électrique métropolitain, which will replace the Deux-Montagnes line with rapid light rail transit.
List of stations
|Snowdon||September 7, 1981 (Orange Line)
January 4, 1988 (Blue Line)
|Snowdon Street; Snowdon neighbourhood||Name of area's former landowner|
|Côte-des-Neiges||January 4, 1988||Côte-des-Neiges Road||Former Village of Côte-des-Neiges; name Notre-Dame-des-Neiges (Our Lady of the Snow) dates to 18th century|
|Université-de-Montréal||Université de Montréal|
|Édouard-Montpetit||Édouard-Montpetit Boulevard||Édouard Montpetit, Université de Montréal professor|
|Outremont||Outremont Avenue; borough of Outremont||Named for a prominent estate (Outremont means "other side of the mountain")|
|Acadie||March 28, 1988||De L'Acadie Boulevard||Commemorates bicentennial of the expulsion of the Acadians|
|Parc||June 15, 1987||Park Avenue||Mont Royal Park|
|De Castelnau||June 16, 1986||De Castelnau Street||Édouard de Castelnau, French soldier|
|Jean-Talon||October 14, 1966 (Orange Line)
June 16, 1986 (Blue Line)
|Jean Talon Street||Jean Talon, intendant of New France|
|Fabre||June 16, 1986||Fabre Street||Édouard-Charles Fabre, first Roman Catholic Archbishop of Montreal|
|D'Iberville||D'Iberville Street||Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville, French explorer, founder of Louisiana|
|Saint-Michel||Saint-Michel Boulevard; neighbourhood of Saint-Michel (formerly Ville Saint-Michel)||Saint-Michel; long-standing name|
- "Railway Gazette: Montréal's 2020 vision". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 2 January 2012.