Montreal's Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) made a historic announcement this week. For the first time ever, all of Montreal's public transit networks will have integrated signage. In the video introducing the signage, it also produced a glimpse of what the transit map could look like in the future, including the proposed stations on the Blue Line extension and the REM.
In 2015, the STM started rolling out an all-new design for signage, improving accessibility, font size, and aesthetics. Pretty soon, all the metros in Montreal will have a uniform look that will make travel that much easier. The ARTM saw this ambitious project achieve great success and decided that a new look based on the modern design of Montreal's metro system was the way to go.
With 1.5 million trips daily across all of Montreal's public transit network, new and improved signage aims to increase ease of navigation for passengers. Some may find it difficult to commute from one place to another, so in the spirit of harmonization, consistent signage has become a key goal.
With the potential of more metro lines to come, including the imminent REM line, there will be a larger diversity of public transit users in Montreal's metropolitan area. Integrated signage in Montreal will be a welcome sight for transit users, young and old!
The map, though only a rendering demonstrating the extent of the network, shows what Montreal's public transit system will look like once the Blue line extension, the REM, and the train network renovations are complete.
Though the announcement focuses on signage, the map in the video is the most concrete example yet from the ARTM of what the future has in store.
For the first time ever, we can see the complete network, as it will be in five to six years from now. With the REM (67 kilometres) and the STM (71 kilometres), Montreal's metro transit network will span 138 kilometres in total. When all is said and done, Montreal's metro network will be among the largest in the world.
The new signage will feature a uniform font design and colour scheme. Passengers can already see what the new signage is going to look like if they're paying attention, as some of the new designs are already adorning a metro near you.
The new signage will be fully integrated into the existing architecture and into new station designs. With users at the heart of this project, the signage will be highly visible and legible in every station, bus terminal, and parking lot in the network.
A minimal, no-frills design highlights accessibility and ease-of-access. It's been a long time coming, but Montreal's transit network will finally look fresh and modern once all the new signage is out!
Out with the old, in with the new! Say goodbye to confusing and hard-to-read signs in Montreal's public transit network.
There's no official timeframe for when all the stations will be completed, but keep an eye out for new signage and the new maps as they gradually appear around Montreal!