Commuting is a daily struggle for many Montrealers, for while the STM public transit network does provide quite well for many citizens, it simply isn't equipped to offer speedy travel to those living outside of the city's urban core.
Simply put, folks in the South Shore, Laval, and West Island are pretty much left without quick and easy means to get into the city, unless they drive a car, which simply isn't an option for many.
All that may change in coming years, as the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec has announced plans to create an extensive commuter rail that will connect communities on and off the Island of Montreal like never before.
Consisting of 24 stations, the proposed rail (which will be electrically powered) network will extend to the South Shore, Laval, and the West Island, providing residents of these communities a commute into Montreal's urban core that will take mere minutes.
A direct line to Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport was also put forward by the Caisse in a press conference held this morning.
The new 64km transit network will run all throughout the week, twenty-hours a day (from 5am to 1am, specifically) and will cost an estimated $5.5 billion, reports CBC.
A full $3 billion is going to be invested by Caisse de depot directly, with the organization hoping the remaining funds will be supplied by the Quebec or federal governments. Mayor Denis Coderre has already expressed his desire for the either government to fund the project at this morning's press conference.
Building the light rail line will take an estimated four years, and if all goes well, we could see the system up and running by 2020.
To get a solid visual on the new light rail line project, check out the CDPQ's video below.