Montreal Metro Car Replacement

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Ranking for 2016: 18

Industry Sector: Transit

Specific Sector: Subway

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $2,191,000,000

Provincial: Transports Québec: $1.62 billion

Government Funds Involved:

Funding Source: Public

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2018


The scope of the project is to replace half of the STM metro cars with 468 new rubber tired metro cars (52 trains of 9 cars), infrastructure modifications, wayside equipment, and operational integration to introduce the new rolling stock. On February 6, 2016, the first AZUR train was put in revenue service with passengers on the STM’s Orange line. After 60 days in service, the train showed an acceptable reliability to start receiving the other trains on a one train per month basis. The delivery volume will progressively increase in order to meet the quota of 468 cars by 2018. The STM is performing all the maintenance on the new trains in the STM main workshop, which was completely modified and equipped with automatic train washing, full train lifting system to replace bogies, overhead cranes, and traction power system. The new training programs based on e-learning and train simulators are in full operation to train the conductors on the new trains.


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