UPDATE: Initial reports about the decision to not fund "Pink Line" studies were incorrect. The provincial government is also exploring the new line. The original source for this article has also been updated.
Despite having one of the most comprehensive public transportation systems on the continent, Montreal still has its fair share of transit woes.
Underserved neighbourhoods like the Mile End, eastern Plateau, Montreal East, and Montreal North create transit deserts, while the STM metro is severely overcrowded during rush hours.
That's why the construction of a new STM Pink Line was the cornerstone of Valérie Plante's mayoral campaign. The proposed heavy-rail line would run from Montreal North through the downtown between the paths of the Green and Orange Lines with a western terminus in Lachine.
Critics argued that such a campaign promise was untenable. Indeed, since her inauguration, Plante has found few allies in the provincial government that would support the major project.
And now it seems like the Pink Line may be shelved. In a new fifteen million dollar study commissioned by the Couillard government to explore transit expansion in Montreal, preparations for the Pink Line are nowhere to be found. Notably, both Yellow and Orange Line extensions are more of a possibility.
This new exclusion will likely be a death blow to Plante's project, at least for the foreseeable future. This mean that neither the current liberal government nor the likely new government support the new metro line. The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), the party most likely to win a majority in fall elections, has already made clear their opposition to the project.
In the meantime, Montrealers can expect many more empty transit promises from politicians.