Testing to begin soon in Montréal! November 27, 2013
The consortium composed of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom Transport, together with the STM, is completing trials on the prototype train at the La Pocatière plant. In early 2014, the train will undergo further qualification testing in Montréal métro tunnels. These tests will take place over a period of about eight months.
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The operator cab is at the front of the AZUR metro car and is the driver’s work station. Its design is better suited to train operations and makes faster, more efficient communications with passengers possible, when needed. With three times more intercoms than current cars and four surveillance cameras per car, the driver can monitor events and respond more efficiently, as needed, and restore service more quickly.
AZUR’s operator cab gives it a distinctly dynamic character. Launching AZUR into the 21st century, the design team softened the car’s lines and gave it more curves, modernizing its overall look. The panoramic design of the cab’s front window (a wide-angle windshield) provides drivers with improved visibility, affording them a better view of what is happening on station platforms, and therefore increasing safety for customers.
Electrification of the surface system August 14, 2013
Technology permitting, the STM has committed to acquiring only electric vehicles beginning in 2025. In the meantime, here is what has been accomplished so far and is in the pipeline.
The results of studies carried out on diesel-electric hybrid buses (http://www.mouvementcollectif.org/fr/projets-davenir) are so convincing that the STM plans to purchase 203 regular buses over the next three years – the first to be delivered in summer 2014. In addition, after testing an articulated hybrid bus, the STM will pursue this option during its next call for tenders for this type of vehicle.
In May 2012, the STM contracted for the delivery of seven all-electric midibuses (9 metres long, compared to the regular 12 metres). They will be delivered between fall 2013 and spring 2014 and will begin to serve the Old Montréal/Old Port sector in summer 2014.
The first regular electric bus demonstration project will take place in Montréal from January to May, 2014. This slow-charge bus will take between 6 and 8 hours to recharge. However the STM plans to test a “flash-charging” electric bus in 2016 to test its operational viability.
A study of the implementation of a trolleybus system has been launched in collaboration with the City of Montréal, the Ministère des Transports du Québec (MTQ), and Hydro-Québec. The goal of the study is to determine the optimal system and its parameters and evaluate the implementation costs of the project. The results of the study will be available in late 2013.
The tramway project was launched by the City of Montréal. The STM nevertheless contributed its operating expertise to the feasibility studies as well as to the work of the focus group on tramway financing sponsored by the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal; the group’s conclusions were presented in October 2012.
Electric service vehicles
In December 2011, the STM acquired two Chevrolet Volt electric cars. Vehicle tests throughout 2012 were positive, and the STM plans to continue its program to replace service vehicles with energy-efficient vehicles (electric, hybrid, and fuel-efficient).
Fare collectors at your service ! May 14, 2013
When you enter a metro station, the fare collector is often your first contact with the STM. If there are lineups at the automatic fare vending machines or at a colleague’s booth, the fare collector is there to assist you. Sometimes behind the counter, at other times in the station, according to the needs of transit users, the fare collector is key to identifying any risks and responding safely to any given situation. The fare collector also ensures that people flow smoothly through the station.