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June 13, 2024

Le gouvernement du Québec agira pour améliorer le transport à Québec et dans Chaudière-Appalaches

Note this press release is only available in french. For more information in english, please refer to the press release from CDPQ Infra released on June 12, 2024.À la suite du dépôt du rapport de la filiale « portefeuille infrastructures » de la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ Infra) sur la mobilité dans la Communauté métropolitaine de Québec, le premier ministre du Québec, M. François Legault, la vice-première ministre et ministre des Transports et de la Mobilité durable, Mme Geneviève Guilbault, le ministre de l'Éducation et ministre responsable de la région de la Chaudière-Appalaches, M. Bernard Drainville,…
June 12, 2024

CDPQ Infra presents an ambitious master plan for mobility in the greater Québec City area

CDPQ Infra presents its report, an ambitious master plan to improve mobility throughout the Communauté métropolitaine de Québec (CMQ): the Circuit intégré de transport express (CITÉ) plan. This ambitious plan aims to roll out, in three phases, a new network of nearly 100 km of corridors dedicated to public transit and proposes a new transit service offer that is efficient, fast and frequent.The CITÉ plan is based on three main solutions aimed at revitalizing the metropolitan hubs of Québec City and Lévis, namely:A new strategic tramway network, eventually comprising two lines totalling 35 km, running east-west and north-south in the…
May 31, 2024

Transit Commission and Light Rail Sub-Committee receives updates on O-Train extensions and Line 1 service improvement plans External

At a joint meeting today, the Transit Commission and Light Rail Sub-Committee received an update on the O-Train extensions and details on plans to improve service reliability of the O-Train Line 1 vehicles.The Committees heard that the Stage 2 LRT project has achieved several milestones this year including the start of testing on the O-Train East extension, advancement of track installation on the West extension, and ongoing training of new diesel rail operators and controllers for the O-Train South lines 2 and 4.In the east, construction continues to progress at all five stations. As part of the O-Train East extension,…
May 31, 2024

Projet structurant de l'est : Une proposition performante, attrayante, financièrement responsable et rassembleuse pour répondre aux besoins de mobilité du secteur

Please note that the report and press release is only available in French. Should an English version becomes available, it will be added to this article. Note that the title and content was taken directly from the press release, and as such is not an endorsement or representation of the views of Rail Fans Canada.--------L'Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) dépose aujourd'hui, en version finale, son rapport sur le projet structurant de l'est. La mise en place d'un tramway en surface et en site propre, desservant l'est de la région métropolitaine de Montréal sur un parcours de 38 kilomètres, offrirait…
May 23, 2024

VIA Rail unveils its plan to transform passenger rail in Canada

Mario Péloquin, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail), unveiled today the Corporation's strategic plan: VIAction 2030. Through this ambitious plan based on concrete objectives, VIA Rail aims to become a best-in-class operator in North America and a leader in integrated mobility at the heart of the passenger journey in Canada.Among its 2030 objectives, VIA Rail is committed to:Generating savings equivalent to 15% of its operating deficit;Reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to 2005;Increasing its capacity by 18%."Canada was built by rail, and I fundamentally believe in the transformative potential of this industry," said…
May 14, 2024

A Strong Year for VIA Rail as Ridership Continues to Bounce Back

More than four million passengers chose to travel by train in 2023 with VIA Rail marking its highest ridership numbers since 2019. Year over year, ridership was up 24.7 per cent, and the Corporation achieved important milestones in its modernization projects delivering on its vision to be the smarter way to move people."2023 was a pivotal year for VIA Rail as we introduced new equipment, launched a modern new reservation system, restored several key train frequencies in the Québec City–Windsor corridor, and achieved a significant increase in revenues," said Françoise Bertrand, VIA Rail's Chairperson of the Board of Directors. "The end…
March 22, 2024

Increased GO service will help customers get to historic solar eclipse and Blue Jays home opener (April 8, 2024)

Metrolinx is running extra GO service on some lines on April 8 to help customers get to a variety of major events going on across the region safely and affordably.In Hamilton and Niagara, a total solar eclipse is expected to draw a large crowd to see this once in a lifetime celestial event.In downtown Toronto, baseball fans will fill the Rogers Centre to catch the Blue Jays home opener. There's also a Toronto Maple Leafs home game at Scotiabank Arena. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.With so many big events happening, GO Transit is increasing some GO…
February 29, 2024

Light Rail Sub-Committee receives progress update on Stage 2 LRT

The City's Light Rail Sub-Committee received a progress update today on the O-Train extension project.On the O-Train East extension, track installation is complete and overhead catenary system work is nearing completion. Construction on stations and pedestrian bridges is ongoing. Testing began earlier this week when the first Alstom Citadis train travelled past Blair Station to Montréal Station. Handover of the system and launch of the East extension is planned for 2025.Track installation and station construction continue to progress on the O-Train West extension. The cut and cover tunnels along the Kichi Zībī Mīkan and through Connaught Park are advancing well…
February 13, 2024

Major milestone for blue line extension: Contract awarded for train control system

Today, the Blue line extension project office awarded the contract for the line's new train control system. The adoption of a communications-based train control (CBTC) system, which is already used by the vast majority of subway network operators around the world, is an opportunity to modernize the Montréal métro's train control system for the entire Blue line.Train control systems are the brains of underground networks; the use of CBTC will thus be a high‑value upgrade for the Blue line system. The $217,173,941 contract was awarded to Ground Transportation Systems Canada Inc. and includes installation, maintenance and certain options for the CBTC…
December 06, 2023

VIA Rail Reaches Over 100,000 Bookings With Its New Reservation System, Which Allows for a Simplified, More Convenient, Accessible and Autonomous Experience

VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) recently reached its 100,000th booking with its new reservation system which offers passengers an easy and intuitive booking process and a wide range of new functionalities.The scope of this key modernization project goes far beyond the update of a reservation system as the Corporation completely replaced the booking platform and carried out a full overhaul of all related infrastructure and systems (such as the loyalty program and Point-of-Sale systems) along with the integration in other existing systems. Knowing that it was such a complex and large-scale endeavour, VIA Rail is pleased to report that there…
December 04, 2023

Work: Snowdon Station Next in Line for an Upgrade

Starting December 4, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will have teams working at Snowdon métro station to upgrade and refurbish certain equipment and facilities. Once the work is completed, many of the improvements will have a positive impact on customers.Continuing until December 2024, the $16 million project will involve:Work in customer-accessible areas:Refurbishment of three staircasesReplacement of floor tile sectionsRefurbishment of lighting and addition of fixtures on the upper central platformRefurbishment of gutters and the water pipe systemInstallation of foot grilles to catch water and snowRefurbishment of the spandrel above the stairs between the fare booth level and the…
November 20, 2023

Solutions de transport structurant à Québec et de mobilité pour la Communauté métropolitaine de Québec : CDPQ Infra accepte le mandat proposé par le gouvernement du Québec

(An English version of the press release can be found below the French version.)Tel que le prévoit l'entente-cadre visant des projets majeurs d'infrastructure publique, CDPQ Infra a accepté aujourd'hui un mandat du gouvernement du Québec pour faire l'analyse de la mobilité actuelle et projetée de l'ensemble de la Communauté métropolitaine de Québec (CMQ), pour tous modes de transport confondus.Après une analyse approfondie, CDPQ Infra recommandera la ou les solutions permettant d'identifier un projet de transport structurant pour la Ville de Québec et d'améliorer la mobilité et la fluidité dans l'ensemble de la CMQ. Le travail d'analyse débutera dès la réception des…
November 17, 2023

Memo: Successful Operation of Nine Trains Begins on Stage 2 South

Stage 2 South – Successful Operation of Nine Trains Begins. This memo is to provide Mayor and Members of Council with an update regarding a recent milestone in the ongoing testing and preparations to operate the Stage 2 south O-Train extensions, lines 2 and 4.TransitNext, the contractor responsible for building, testing, and maintaining the system, has begun demonstrating the ability to safely operate nine trains, the number required for revenue service, on Line 2, between Bayview and Limebank stations, and on Line 4, between South Keys and Airport stations. This is a key milestone in the program, as it tests the integration of the…
November 02, 2023

REM Update: CDPQ Infra’s expectations for managing operations and communications during service disruptions

Following the service disruptions and, in particular, the issues encountered in communicating information to users of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), CDPQ Infra would like to apologize to those affected by this situation and reiterate its commitment to providing users with reliable, high-quality public transit service. In the wake of recent events, CDPQ Infra has taken a series of measures to ensure that the incident management carried out by the Groupe des partenaires pour la mobilité des Montréalais (GPMM) consortium, which is made up of Alstom and AtkinsRéalis (formerly SNC-Lavalin), is significantly reinforced. These measures should enable CDPQ Infra to…
November 01, 2023

Mise à jour par rapport à l'appel d'offre sur les infrastructures pour le Tramway de Québec et les prochaines étapes

Au cours des derniers jours, la Ville a été informée par le dernier soumissionnaire en lice, Mobilité de la Capitale, que ce dernier ne déposerait pas de proposition financière. Dans les circonstances, la Ville a choisi de mettre fin à l'appel de propositions amorcé au printemps 2022.Depuis le désistement du consortium ModerniCité à l'automne 2022, Mobilité de la Capitale était le seul joueur à poursuivre le processus. Ce dernier a d'ailleurs déposé une proposition technique de qualité en août 2023. Pour des raisons légales, la Ville n'était pas autorisée à divulguer le nombre de soumissionnaires avant la fin de l'appel…
October 27, 2023

Light Rail Sub-Committee receives progress update on the O-Train Extension Project

The City's Light Rail Sub-Committee received a progress update today on the O-Train extension project. All three extensions expanding the O-Train network farther south, east and west are advancing well.On the O-Train Line 1 East extension, track installation is nearing completion and overhead catenary system work is underway. Construction on stations and pedestrian bridges is ongoing. In the new year, testing of trains on the extension will begin.Track installation and station construction continue to progress on the O-Train Lines 1 and 3 West extension. The cut and cover tunnels are advancing well with excavation nearing completion. Tunnel walls and roof…
October 13, 2023

Minister of Transport announces the launch of the Request for Proposals for the High Frequency Rail project

The High Frequency Rail project will be the largest Canadian infrastructure project in generations. Once operational, the rail line will span the Québec City to Toronto corridor with dedicated passenger tracks. This transformational project will provide clean, safe, and efficient travel, drive our economy, and strengthen our partnerships with Indigenous communities.Today, the Minister of Transport and Quebec Lieutenant, Pablo Rodriguez, announced the launch of the Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP process will be ongoing until summer 2024. Following the evaluation period, the Government of Canada will select the group who will become the private developer partner to work collaboratively…
October 12, 2023

Transit Commission hears updates on O-Train Line 1 and the root cause investigation regarding axle issues - October 12, 2023

On October 12, 2023, the Transit Commission heard updates regarding O-Train Line 1 and the results of the root cause investigation regarding the derailments and issues experienced with O-Train Line 1. Presentations by City Staff, RTG and Alstom were made to the commission.The presentations provided to Council and an archive of the meeting are attached below. PRESS RELEASE : Transit Commission receives updates on wheel bearing issue and severe weather incidents affecting O-Train servicesToday, the City's Transit Commission received updates on the wheel bearing issue that resulted in O-Train service disruptions and a report on the incidents and investigations undertaken by…