Back on Track
A Rail Overhaul Improved Comfort and Efficiency on One of North American's Largest Public Transit Systems
Passengers rely on the rail system in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for more than 1.4 million trips a day—and city leaders couldn't afford to leave anyone stranded. But after more than 40 years in service, the system was showing its age. Faulty trains would have to be yanked out of service for repair, causing delays for commuters and skyrocketing maintenance costs. And Société de transport de Montréal (STM) feared regular riders would abandon the subway for the roadway. So in 2010, STM launched an eight-year, CA$2.1 billion project to transform its rail system with new state-of-the-art trains, updated wayside equipment, operator training and maintenance technology.