Montreal's Commuter Rail Revival: 50 Years in the Making

The paper will present the development and decline of the network by the public sector. It will then present the various proposed takeovers by the State that the authors classified in three attempts: Conversion into subways, a rail line to the airport & Regional Express Montreal Network and the Surface Subways project. Following these three failed attempts, the authors present the implementation of a public subsidy, the modernization of the remaining lines, the takeover of management by the state authority, the implementation of a regional planning and management body, the re-launching of three new lines, the major upgrade attempts and the current consolidation phase. The paper is based on primary sources (interviews, legal documents and planning documents) as well as secondary sources (newspaper articles). This paper is the first study presenting the global history of Montreal’s commuter rail network and the various public sector attempts at planning and management of the network.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AP070 Commuter Rail Transportation. Alternate title: Montreal's Commuter Rail Revival: Fifty Years in the Making
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

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  • Authors:
    • Barrieau, Pierre
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2014


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 93rd Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01515191
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 14-4458
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jan 27 2014 3:33PM