Unveiling of first double-decker car - A new era for commuter trains in the Montreal region: 160 new cars are arriving!



    LA POCATIERE, QC, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - It was at Bombardier
Transportation's plant in La Pocatière that the very first multilevel-type
double-decker car was unveiled of the kind that will travel the Agence
métropolitaine de transport's (AMT) commuter train system this fall. This
day--so eagerly awaited by the AMT and its customers--was described as
historic by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the government
agency, which operates five train lines in the metropolitan Montréal area.
Never before have public transit users in this region been able to benefit
from so much new rolling stock for rail transit. Today, everyone can rejoice:
the arrival of these spacious new cars marks the beginning of a more modern,
more comfortable and more reliable mode of transportation.
    "Today we are unveiling the long-awaited fruits of our efforts. These new
cars are much more than just pieces of equipment. They inaugurate a new era
for commuter trains in the Montréal region," said Joel Gauthier.
    These new acquisitions will make it possible to significantly improve
service on the entire metropolitan area train system. Since it was created in
1996, the AMT has developed successful y even though most of its rolling stock
is either leased or used. Nevertheless, the agency has been able to promote
its services and boost ridership on this mode of public transit to a peak of
over 16 million trips per year. The popularity of trains can no longer be
disputed, and we can now respond to demand with these new cars, which will
eventually enable us to increase services by 70% over the entire existing
system.

    
    Increased services and a renewed fleet

    These 160 new cars will improve service quality over time by making it
possible to:

    - increase commuter train capacity by 70% at peak periods on all five
      commuter train lines (close to 43,000 additional trips per day);
    - renew a portion of the current fleet of commuter trains, as some cars
      are now aging;
    - commission the Train de l'Est.
    

    Modern, comfortable and proven cars

    These new leading-edge "multilevel" cars will improve comfort for
commuter train passengers. Each of the 160 cars will be fitted with 142
ergonomic seats, a spacious intermediate level (fitted with benches) between
the two decks, bicycle stands and a two-way communication system between
passengers and the train crew. Every train will have a toilet, located in the
cab car. As well, the cars will be more accessible for people with reduced
mobility.

    Designed specifically for our system

    The multilevel double-decker cars made of stainless steel have a unique
design that will enable them to travel throughout the entire system, including
tunnel infrastructures such as the Mont-Royal tunnel.

    Commissioning

    As promised, the cars will be gradually commissioned starting in late
fall 2009, at a rate of one train set per month. Cars will be commissioned
progressively on the five existing lines (Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Dorion-Rigaud,
Blainville-Saint-Jérôme, Delson-Candiac and Deux-Montagnes) and the future
Train de l'Est line.

    A historic order

    Recall that this order for 160 cars was awarded to Bombardier
Transportation in December 2007, further to a request for proposals. It
represents a total investment of $386,266,045, financed 75% by the Québec
transport department. This is a historic order, since this project represents
the largest investment in the history of commuter trains in Québec. The AMT's
renewal of its fleet of rolling stock will continue with the arrival of 20 new
dual-mode locomotives starting in 2012.

    The Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) is a government agency with
metropolitan scope. which has the mission of expanding and planning public
transit services in order to improve the efficiency of individual travel in
the metropolitan Montréal area. The AMT currently operates 5 train lines, 52
stations, 2 metropolitan express bus lines, 61 park-and-ride lots, 16
metropolitan terminuses and 85.2 km of reserved lanes. Annual ridership on the
commuter train lines is close to 16 million passengers, which puts the greater
Montréal area in sixth place in North America. For more information, visit
amt.qc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Martine Rouette, Agence métropolitaine de
transport, (514) 287-2464, ext. 4057, Cell.: (514) 434-6042

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