Feds commit $1.3B to Montreal Metro’s Blue Line extension
The project once completed will include five new stations and cover nearly 6 additional kilometres, including 5.8km of tunnel, connecting the current Saint-Michel station to Anjou.
The feds have agreed to spend more than $1.3 billion to extend the Montréal Metro’s Blue line, a project that once completed will include five new stations and cover nearly 6 additional kilometres, including 5.8km of tunnel, connecting the current Saint-Michel station to Anjou.
The funding will also support the construction of two bus terminals and a new park-and-ride.
According to a media release, with the Blue line extension more than 17,000 new people will have access to the metro.
“The Government of Quebec is committed to accelerating the project to extend the Blue line to Anjou and is making the necessary efforts to make it happen,” said Chantal Rouleau, Quebec Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region, in the release. “This project is key to improving mobility in the metropolitan area and stimulating development in Montréal’s east end. After a 30-year wait, the development of the Montréal Metro is getting a reboot, and this is just the start.”
The estimated budget for the east end Metro expansion is $3.9B.
A preliminary timetable for the project:
- Early 2019: Begin designing plans and specifications
- Spring 2019: Approve implementation method, budget plan and project scope
- Summer 2019: Geotechnical study to collect rock data
- Early 2020: Start zoning change and public consultation processes
- Spring 2020: Start preparatory work on certain sites
- 2021: Submit business case and begin building new infrastructure
- 2026: Inaugurate the new line