Montreal's Metro system is far from new. In fact, one of the most notable parts of the metro system is the retro factor seen in each station's art-deco decor and alongside some of the funky old train cars that still run.
But a metro system can't exist as a relic, and it certainly can't act as an art piece. With thousands relying on the metro day in and day out to get to work, there is a necessity for the STM to keep Montreal's metro in top working condition...
Which apparently isn't the case, according to Le Journal de Montreal's latest article which quotes Alain Tremblay, the STM's project director.
Tremblay is quoted within the article saying, "It's all the components of the stations that must be redone [...] More than 70% of the Montreal metro network has reached its end of life."
TL;DR Montreal's STM project director has admitted that more than 70% of the Montreal metro network has reached its end of life. Details about plans to renovate and repair Montreal's metro below.
As with any structure, the metro network is in no way improving. As it ages it continues to degrade and according to the Journal de Montreal, the STM is currently running a $4 million deficit, which means station upgrades are not likely to happen in the near future.
While Tremblay admits that almost the entirety of the STM metro network needs to be rebuilt, he assured Le Journal de Montreal that passengers "safety is not compromised."
What is compromised, and none of this will be news if you ride the metro regularly, is the infrastructure of the stations. It's not surprising that a metro system built in 1966 would need work - any building standing for that long and used as rigorously as Montreal's metro would need work to combat "corrosion, cracks and water infiltration."
And the longer the STM waits to do the work, the Journal notes, the worse the issues will be, the longer the problems will take to fix and the more money will need to be spent in order to enact these reparations.
According to the Journal de Montreal, the STM recently announced plans to invest $1.6 billion to renovate stations and other parts of the metro network between 2020 and 2025. From that $1.6 billion, $504 million will be dedicated to "infrastructure repairs" like renovations to stations that are becoming dilapidated.
The Journal de Montreal also makes an interesting interjection about how a neighbouring metropolis is paying for their reparations and renovations.
Apparently, New York City will start charging a "congestion fee," in 2021 that will make motorist pay to drive in Manhattan. The fees collected will be used to finance its metro system.
That's something I think many Montrealers would be totally interested in... motorists would certainly have their two cents, though.