Next stop St. Michel

By Joel Ceausu
www.thesuburban.com

The Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) inaugurated a nother train station last week, as the Train de l’est nears completion.

St. Michel-Montréal Nord Station will welcome its first riders, Dec. 1, and is the second city station (with St. Léonard-Montreal Nord) to be inaugurated on the Mascouche-Downtown line in the past month.

Work on the station began in August 2013. Located at the corner of Industrial and Pie IX boulevards, the building features an elevator for easy access to the platform, a drop-off spot and racks to accommodate 84 bicycles.

Four STM buses will serve the station, which will also offer incentive parking for 140 cars next year.

The $671 million Train de l’est is expected to carry 5,500 passengers per peak period, 30 per cent of whom currently use their car, according to the AMT. The route is expected to take 29 minutes from Mascouche to Central station with 11 stops in between.

That means a lot fewer cars on the road and less traffic, but it’s more than that, says Montreal North borough Mayor Gilles Deguire. “We have a huge revitalization project for Pie IX Boulevard,” he says, which includes public transit and sustainable urban development. “These projects are directly related to the arrival of the train and rapid bus service (SRB). Our vision also includes the development and greening o f public spaces on a human scale.

That’s the point, says AMT CEO Nicolas Girard. “A new public transit service offers added value for a neighborhood or district.
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