Lots of news out of the Agence métropolitaine de transport this week.
- Unveiling the first of 160 new double-decker train cars being built at Bombardier’s La Pocatière plant. The AMT calls these cars “historic”, which may be pushing it a bit, but they are high-capacity and will work on all five lines (meaning they’ll work with diesel locomotives and electrified lines). It’s unclear if these cars will be used in addition to or in replacement of the existing rolling stock. While passenger cars on the three diesel lines look like they were rescued out of a trash bin, the cars on the Deux-Montagnes line are less than 20 years old.
- After announcing in July that children under 12 would be able to ride free during the summer if accompanied by an adult, the AMT has decided to make this deal permanent. Children 6-11 without adult supervision still have to present valid fares, but those with parents (or, I guess, who can charm adult strangers into saying they’re their parents) get to ride free.
- The AMT is now allowing users to charge TRAM passes for zones 4-8 using automatic Opus machines. Before, they were limited to zones 1-3. Note however that the STM machines (those in metro stations) won’t allow this, and that many users in zones 6-8 still can’t use Opus cards because the technology hasn’t been implemented on buses on some transit networks.
- People using the Dorion/Rigaud line might be annoyed with the temporary use of cars without low-level doors. This will affect trains running Monday-Friday outside of the rush hour direction, and will be particularly annoying for people who use the Dorion or Ile Perrot train stations, as they’ll have limited points of entry and exit.
- There won’t be service between Vaudreuil and Dorion on Saturday, Aug. 29 before 6pm.
- The AMT’s Express Île des Soeurs schedule is being changed. Same number of departures at about the same times, but shifted up to 10 minutes in either direction.