STM - Society in motion
To maintain or to develop?
There are currently for $23 billion of projects slated for Montréal. Tramways, métro extensions, tram-train, skytrain, a commuter train for the West Island, a light-rail system for the South Shore, ferry shuttle, aerial tram…. A number of different projects in all !
All the while, we must maintain and repair our infrastructure, replace older buses and métro cars. We are preparing for the future by building new, performance-driven transit systems, by extending the métro, increasing our bus fleet, deploying more transit priority measures, and more. We know you want cleaner buses, running more often and on time, extended hours of service, more courtesy from employees and information in real-time…
For the STM alone, the 2020 Strategic Plan calls for overall investments of $11.5 billions for bus, métro and tramway projects, with $6.2 billions for asset maintenance, $3.7 billions for transit development and $1.6 billions for métro extensions.
We must choose our priorities
It is becoming increasingly clear that transit authorities must establish a list of priorities, more than just a shopping list, regarding major projects for public transit. We cannot do everything, everywhere, all at the same time.
The STM already presented a list of priorities :
|Asset Maintenance||Optimisation and development|
|Priority||Project||Cost ($ M)||Priority||Project||Cost ($ M)|
|1||Replacement of 342 MR-63 métro cars||1 513||8||Additional métro cars||557|
|2||Modification of the MPM-10 workshops||262||9||Bus infrastructure (new transport centre)||278|
|3||Réno-Systèmes Program (Phase 2)||122||10||Bus purchase||565|
|4||Réno-Systèmes Program (Phase 3 & 4)||995||11||Transit priority measures||153|
|5||Renewal of bus fleet||717||13||Modification of the MR-73 workshops||654|
|6||Berri-UQAM construction work||86||16||Henri-Bourrassa BRT (Bus rapid transit)||307|
|7||Réno-Infrastructures Métro (Phase 1 & 2)||500||17||Métro extensions||1 610|
|12||Replacement of the MR-73 métro cars||917||18||Tramway (Downtown – Côte-des-Neiges)||1 122|
|14||iBus Project||199||19||Other projects||40|
|15||Bus infrastructure maintenance (St-Denis and Crémazie)||444|
|Total by category : 6 198||Total by category : 5 286|
But some other major projects are planned:
- Trains: Replacement of rolling stock, garages and maintenance shops: $ 1 Billion
- “Train de l’Est” (East Train): $ 700 Millions
- Pie-IX BRT (bus rapid transit): $ 300 Millions
- Various customer service improvements : $ 500 Millions
- “Train de l’Ouest” (West Train) and AMT planification: $ 1.4 Billions
- Light-rail system for the South Shore : $ 1.5 Billions $
- Sky-Train (shuttle from the airport to downtown) : $ 700 Millions to $ 1 Billion
What do you think? I want to hear from you!
Does the STM’s list of priorities seem adequate? What comes first? If we don’t have the money for all of the above, what would you spend it on? Considering their costs and benefits, which are the best options for expanding our services and meeting the growing needs of Montrealers in terms of mobility?
You are welcome to ask your questions or send in your comments. I’ll answer them as they come in during the public activity on June 14, from 9 AM till noon.