AMT Train de l’Est
I had the pleasure of attending the AMT’s presentation about the new train de l’est.
AMT Grand Projets Web Site
Some little nuggets from the presentation:
- Bombardier has the inside track to get the contract for the bi-mode locomotives. AMT expects to announce the contract in April.
- Significant route upgrades are needed in the montreal segment over the CN right of way.
- The Terrebonne-Mascouche segment will travel over the 640 median.
- The stations on the AMT-only part of the line will have high level platforms (for example: Terrebonne). Other stations will have special ramps for wheelchair boarding.
- There are no plans to deploy the project in phases. Why?
- The overnight depot will be in Mascouche (the end of the line)
- Limiting factor is the delivery of the tunnel-running capable cars and locomotives
- Delivery in 2011 !!
- Seems like a long time to me and also to several people that asked questions.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, These new locomotives will allow AMT to offer some very interesting services that don’t terminate at Central Station.
- Imagine travelling from Mont-Saint-Hillare to Terrebonne or Deux-Montanges. That would be great!
One potential problem that I see is that most of the stations in the AMT network are low-level platforms. The new AMT cars have only 1 narrow low level door (they have 2 extra high level doors howver. I think this will cause long boarding/disembarking times at stations.