Rail Stories

We move cities - Montréal

Like other megacities around the world, Montréal, Canada's second largest metropolis with a population in excess of four million, faces the challenges of growing transport and environmental issues.

With investments running into billions of dollars, the city is forging ahead towards a new age of urban mobility, with the objective to make transport safer, green and innovative. The renewal of existing fleets and the expansion of local and regional rail networks aim to form an efficient and attractive integrated network that will encourage many people to switch from using the car to taking the train.

A busy road in the old town of Montréal. The metropolis is the cultural and economic capital of the province Quebec.
1.9 million people live in the city of Montréal. If the surrounding area is included, the population increases to 4.1 million.

At the same time, the state railway company Via Rail is proposing to build a dedicated passenger rail track within the densely populated regions of the country between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec. This represents an investment of just over 5 billion Canadian dollars with positive impacts on both the economy and the labour market over the multi-year construction period. This project aims to create a lasting, climate-friendly mobility solution: thanks to an attractive, high-frequency train schedule, many people will discover and utilise the environment-friendly railway as a people-friendly alternative.

45 billion Can$ for traffic infrastructure projects and more efficient transport corridors – this is the planned investment volume for the “Transportation 2030” strategy.
One of Bombardier's Multilevel commuter rail cars operated by Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) in Montréal.
Strong partner in rail transport. Bombardier provides rail vehicles like this ALP-45DP dual-power locomotive to AMT rail operator who serves the Greater Montréal Region.
1.4 million people use the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) buses and trains each day, another 79,000 use the daily commuter trains operated by the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT).

As a long-standing and prominent supplier of rail vehicles, operations, servicing and maintenance solutions, Bombardier Transportation makes a multifaceted contribution to the mobility of the future in this growing city. While having grown to become a global leader in air and rail manufacturing and services, Bombardier’s corporate headquarters and a large number of production facilities are based in Canada. With pride in its local roots, Bombardier sees itself as a partner in the development  of mobility solutions for the Montréal of the future.

Short profile

  • Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. The company originated in Canada. It is headquartered in Montréal, Bombardier Transportation Americas is based in St. Bruno.
  • Bombardier is building and delivering 468 metro vehicles for the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), as part of a consortium with Alstom.
  • In addition, Bombardier is undertaking the servicing and maintenance of the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) commuter train fleet. Bombardier has been a supplier of rolling stock such as locomotives, multi-level and single-level cars and electric multiple units for decades.


Intelligence for attractive mobility

Montreal is aiming to use innovative and climate-neutral rail systems to increase passenger numbers by 40 percent by 2020. To make this happen, Bombardier Transportation is supplying intelligent ideas gained from its worldwide experience, highly efficient rail vehicles and a modern, high-performance and safe infrastructure.

Bombardier creates wealth for Canada

With its sales, investments and purchases, Bombardier contributes billions to Canada’s GDP. Bombardier is an important employer and customer for hundreds of companies in many Canadian business sectors.

Bombardier is creative and innovative

A fact of which the company is particularly proud: Bombardier is Canada’s No. 1 in research and development. This decade alone, the group has already registered 150 patents in all areas of railway engineering.