Today, Montreal mayor Valérie Plante announced that the municipal and provincial governments had reached a deal to secure funding for a new tramway in Montreal. The mayor has declared this development a major victory for the 'Pink Line' project — her promise to create a new rail line to reach underserved boroughs in the city.
"I am pleased to announce that an agreement in principle between [the city of Montreal] and [the government of Quebec] regarding public transit has been concluded! Not only is [Quebec City] getting the funding it needs for its streetcar, but most importantly Montreal is making major gains!" Plante wrote on Twitter.
As part of the deal, according to the CBC, the city will use some of its money from the federal government to fund Quebec City's own steetcar project. The Quebec City tramway will fill a dire public transit void.
Grâce à cette entente, Montréal obtient notamment l’engagement du gouvernement pour l’ajout de portes-palières sur… https://t.co/SXL8otKsvk— Valérie Plante (@Valérie Plante) 1561557143.0
The new Montreal tramway would cover the western route of Plante's Pink Line from the borough of Lachine to the downtown. The STM will also receive funding to construct platform doors to prevent customers from interfering with the passage of trains.
Passenger actions like dropping items on tracks are some of the leading causes of service delays on the Montreal metro. These platform doors would prevent at least some of those interruptions.
"Great day for sustainable mobility in Quebec! The needs are great in terms of public transit, and the structuring projects must multiply, from Gatineau to Drummondville, from Trois-Rivières to Sherbrooke, passing through the north and south axes of the metropolis," the mayor wrote on Facebook.
Though the exact route of the new tramway is unclear, renderings from Projet Montréal, the mayor's party, of a potential new metro map with the pink line offers hints.
The tram would run roughly between the Ville-Marie and Lachine stations indicated above.
The announcement today concerns only funding. There is no timeline for construction. Moreover, the new tram will do little to alleviate transit congestion in the eastern section of the island. Boroughs like Montréal North are still neglected by the city's public transit network.
Stay tuned for more news about the pink line!