STM - Society in motion
Did you know it? The STM is using full-scale models to validate several aspects of the new MPM-10 métro cars. Some were used to ensure that the proposed layouts meet the needs of future users. One of them, created during the preliminary concept stage that ended in the summer of 2011, reflects the work accomplished to date.
Furthermore, the full-scale model of the future metro cars will soon be on display…
Verbatim : First scale models of future métro cars
Speaker 1 : Mario Beausoleil, Project Director, STM
Hello, my name is Mario Beausoleil, and I am the project director, in charge of the operational integration of the new MPM-10 métro railcars at the STM
Today, I’ll present the first of a series of models depicting the interior layout of the new métro we’re scheduled to receive in 2013-2014. Allow me to introduce Christian Roy, industrial designer for Labbé design, responsible for the industrial design of the new métro cars for the consortium
Speaker 2 : Christian Roy, industrial designer, Labbé design
Here is the layout for the train’s end cars. From a universal access perspective, we wanted to create an area in which it’s easy for persons with limited mobility to manœuvre, while still being inviting for all Montréal metro users. To that end, we’ve installed lower-back support bars that people can comfortably lean against. As for poles to hold onto, we’ve chosen vertical poles attached to each passenger seat and doubled them to give passengers a better grasp. And by having these poles only go halfway to the ceiling, it results in a more inviting, open space.
Another particular detail that we added were arm supports that give more shoulder space, more comfort for passengers, while freeing up the aisle, for greater passenger capacity. We’ve also pushed up the ceiling’s lateral sections and added indirect lighting. The overall effect is that of an open, inviting, and luminous space.
The spot where I’m standing right now doesn’t exist in our current métro cars. It’s called an inter-circulation module. The new métro cars are being built with these modules to allow passengers to move from one car to another, and increase overall capacity. Behind me, we can see the famous doors, three on each side of a metro car, that are really much wider than the ones we have today. Wider doors mean that entering and exiting the cars is faster, resulting in a more fluid flow of people.
The new cars will also feature dynamic display screens for advertising. We’ll no longer have any wall supports for print ads. All ads will appear on LCD screens. As for the electronic display screens used to announce upcoming stations, they will be relocated at the extremity of each car, and show both the next stop and final terminus destination. They will also serve to inform passengers of any service disruptions which, we hope, will be few and far between.
We’ll see you again when we reach the next phase of development with the MPM-10 métro railcars.