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No additional trains for AMT Lakeshore Train until 2014 at the latest as published in Your Local Journal, Nov. 29, 2012

December 23, 2012

No additional trains for AMT Lakeshore Train until 2014 at the latest as published in Your Local Journal, Nov. 29, 2012, P.3:

See Railway Age article about AMT delay in Comments section:

Delay seen for AMT service addition

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/passenger/commuter-regional/delay-seen-for-amt-service-addition.html

 

 

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  1. December 26, 2012 1:41 pm

    Text of the article:

    “T H E P A G E T H R E E S T O R Y

    No additional trains for Vaudreuil-Hudson commuter rail line until 2014

    Page 1
    John Jantak
    Your Local Journal
    Thu., November 29, 2012.

    West Island and off-island commuters, who were hoping for increased train service along the Vaudreuil-Hudson rail line early in the New Year, will have to wait until 2014 before more trains are added, said Nicolas Girard, Chief Executive Officer of the Agence Métropolitain de Transport (AMT) at a public consultation meeting in downtown Montreal
    November 22.

    “When we made the announcement, we always said it would be in 2014,” said Girard. He added that a committee was created in September with 13 partners to discuss solutions to the user congestion problem and find suitable means to provide improved service along the Vaudreuil-Hudson rail line. This didn’t surprise Pointe-Claire resident Tony Mandl, who said he attended the public consultation meeting to find out if the AMT would actually proceed with their original intention of increasing train service.

    “I’m personally concerned that the AMT is going to renege on their promise to increase departures on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line,” Mandl told Your Local Journal before the start of the meeting. “In January 2013, they were supposed to add six new departures per day. “Of course, we’ve had a new government come to power and a new head of the AMT was appointed. Originally, as close as three weeks ago, we were going to get the six new departures – then they flip-flopped a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘Well, perhaps not,’” Mandl added. Girard was the former Parti Québecois transport critic and MNA for Gouin until he lost the September 4 election to Françoise David. He was appointed CEO of the AMT soon afterwards.”

    The issue is that the Saint-Jerome-Blainville line will get new departures very shortly. This action speaks a lot. The delay means that once again, the AMT, which is a creature of the government, ignores everything west of Decarie,” said Avrom Shtern, a Côte St. Luc resident who supports initiatives to improve rail service in the West End and West Island. “What we hope, at least, is that there will be an incremental improvement to the Vaudreuil-Hudson line,”Shtern said. “I think that’s the best we can hope for given the fact that the government has announced through its budget that it’s cutting back on its infrastructure by $1.5 billion per year.” Both Mandl and Shtern were wearing yellow T-shirts with traindelouest.ca emblazoned across the front, a group that has been pressing the AMT to create a dedicated set of rails exclusively for commuter train traffic which would provide full-day service, seven days a week, with departures every 15 to 20 minutes per hour, every hour.

    Girard said a preliminary engineering report examining the feasibility of an exclusive Train de l’Ouest rail line is expected to be delivered to the committee by the end of December. The efficiency of current commuter rail traffic along the Vaudreuil-Hudson line is hampered because service along the present CP railway corridor is shared with freight trains.

    The Vaudreuil-Hudson commuter rail line recorded an increase in ridership during the first nine months of 2012, up 3.2 per cent, while the Deux Montagnes line saw its ridership rise by 4.8 per cent.

    —————————–

    IMAGE: Commuters Tony Mandl and Avrom Shtern said improved train service along the Vaudreuil-
    Hudson rail line is essential during an Agence Métropolitain de Transport (AMT) public consultation meeting.
    PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

    ——————————

    IMAGE:
    Nicolas Girard, Chief Executive Officer of the
    Agence Métropolitain de Transport (AMT),
    said West Island and off-island commuters
    will have to wait until 2014 before more trains
    are added to the Vaudreuil-Hudson rail line.
    PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

    ——————————

    QUOTE:
    “I’m personally con-
    cerned that the AMT is
    going to renege on their
    promise to increase de-
    partures on the Hud-
    son-Vaudreuil line. In
    January 2013, they were
    supposed to add six new
    departures per day.”
    Tony Mandl”

  2. December 28, 2012 5:18 am

    Follow-up article as published in Railway Age, Wed. Dec. 26, 2012, on-line edition:

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012
    Delay seen for AMT service addition
    Written by Douglas John Bowen

    Delay seen for AMT service addition

    Montreal’s Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) reportedly will not increase frequency on its Vaudreuil-Hudson regional rail line until 2014. AMT originally had hoped to bolster service early in 2013.

    Nicolas Girard, AMT’s CEO, recently said to local media, “When we made the announcement, we always said it would be in 2014.” But area rail advocates say AMT began backing away last month from a prior commitment to add service by January 2013.

    “AMT is a creature of the Quebec [provincial] government and its changing priorities,” Avrom Shtern, a member of advocacy group Train de l’Ouest Group and a spokesperson for Green Coalition, a Montreal environmental group, told Railway Age. “The current … government’s priorities are more ‘go slow’ with the Train de l’Ouest, as it faces budgetary constraints, the ballooning costs of Train de l’Est, and its natural tendency to favor eastern sectors of metropolitan Montreal and the construction of an eastward extension of the Blue Metro line to Anjou.”

    Shtern added, “The eventual introduction of electric multiple-units (EMUs) would do wonders to efficiencies. That unfortunately is not being planned.”

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