Minister of Transport approves $22 million Train de l'Ouest study
Saying it will remain a "watchful partner," Train de l'Ouest founders expressed cautious optimism Monday when Quebec'sMinister of Transport announced a $22 million preliminary engineering study for a dedicated commuter train line from Montréal to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
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The proposed project would see dedicated railroad tracks built between the LucienL'Allier station and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
As a line reserved exclusively for commuter rail travel, as many as 86 trains a day could run every 15 minutes at peak hours and every 20 to 30 minutes at non-peak hours fromSainte-Anne-de-Bellevue toMontréal.
Train de l'Ouest identified Sainte-Annede-Bellevue as the most viable connection point for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and West Island commuters.
The group did not propose extending the line to the off-island region, said Lincoln, as the price tag "would be enormous because of the (cost of crossing the) bridges."
If the new tracks are built, commuters could choose between the new line and the existing Vaudreuil-Dorion/Hudson line, which currently offers 26 trains running during peak commuter times.
In the past, Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor Guy Pilon had said the region's bus system could easily shuttle commuters to Sainte-Annede-Bellevue.
Though Hamad mentioned 2015-2016 as a target for the completed project, Lincoln was told by theAMTthat the new line could be running by 2014.
And while Train de l'Ouest is happy with this week's announcement, Lincoln says he will not relax until the government approves the project in full.
"For now we sit back...we don't want to be a nuisance, but we watch it carefully for the next sixmonths to see what happens."
A dedicated commuter railroad line could become a reality by 2014, according to Train de l'Ouest.