Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) presented a proposal to Québec's Committee on Public Finance that would integrate the light-rail systems of the South Shore and West Island.
ADM believes a single system would maximize ridership, as well as reduce infrastructure and operations costs.
“By integrating these two projects converging toward downtown, we would create a new urban transit network that would be very much larger than the sum of its two parts,” said James Cherry, president and chief executive officer of ADM. “Such a network, with a branch to Montréal–Trudeau airport and connection to the métro, would directly link the South Shore to the West Island, passing through downtown Montréal. It could include stops at Nuns’ Island, the Cité du Multimédia, at Lionel-Groulx and Atwater Market, in Lachine, in Dorval, and so on.”
Cherry added: “According to current, rather conservative, figures, the West Island LRT would generate ridership of 60,000 passengers a day, including 10,000 for the airport shuttle service. By adding the approximate ridership of the South Shore LRT, we could easily reach a total of 130,000, without even factoring in the synergy effect. There’s major potential.”
The West Island LRT, connecting Pointe-Claire to downtown Montréal with a link to the airport, has been developed by ADM in collaboration with Infrastructure Québec and the Société de transport de Montréal. It has also been analyzed and validated under the West Island Mobility Plan. The project is already quite advanced, and there is consensus around this project designed for optimal service to the airport and the West Island.