Montreal is to get a brand new metro line, the Pink Line, by 2025, if Projet Montréal’s leader Valerie Plante is elected mayor.
At a cost of $5.9 billion, the Pink Line would extend 29 kilometres comprised of 29 stations, bridging the gap between Montreal Nord and Downtown into a 22 minute trip.
The project will be completed by 2025, promises Plante. But that will include the first 18 stations, with a second set stations to be opened in 2028, which will connect Downtown to Lachine.
Once finished, the Pink Line will turn a 50-ish minute commute by bus from Lachine to Downtown into a 17 minute metro ride.
Approval of the project and a feasibility study are still needed. Projet Montréal needs approval from the l’Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM), which is expected, and an analysis from Polytechnique’s Chaire de recherche sur l'évaluation et la mise en oeuvre de la durabilité en transport is pending.
Who’s going to fund the $5.9 billion dollar project isn’t exactly clear yet.
Plante has said the provincial and federal government will help fit the bill, commenting on the recent upsurge in funding for public transit projects, but nothing concrete has been said on the matter.
The Pink Line will actively create money for the city, says Plante, noting how the construction project will create jobs.
The diagonal route of the Pink Line will also intersect with areas previously closed of by the metro, creating economic benefits. Neighbourhoods will benefit by easier access to public transit and businesses will gain more customers, said Plante.
But what about the already-promised Blue Line? Plante has promised that, if the project moves forward, the Pink Line won’t impact the Blue Line extension to Anjou, and both public transit initiatives will move forward.
Who, exactly, is funding the Blue Line has yet to be decided, making this proposed Pink Line seem a little bit farfetched.
Still, Plante says that she and her party are entirely aware of how ambitious a Pink Line project is and are still confident in its feasibility and necessity for Montrealers.
Whether or not the Pink Line becomes anything more than an idea depends on Plante getting elected. Obviously the proposed project, now a cornerstone of the Projet Montréal campaign is meant to curry favour with voters.
We'll let you decide if a Pink Line is enough to win over your vote.