The new AZUR métro cars
The gradual replacement of the MR-63 cars, which have been running since the métro opened in 1966, will mark a major change in the history of montréal’s public transit system. For users, the new 21st century rolling stock, scheduled to enter service in fall 2014, will mean:
- Better service
- Increased capacity
- Greater comfort
- Increased reliability
As in other major cities, including Munich, Berlin, Bangkok, Shanghai, Mexico City, Delhi, and Madrid, the new nine-car “boa” trains will allow passengers to move about freely from one end to the other.
The transition from our forty-eight-year-old vehicles to new state-of-the-art cars requires a phenomenal amount of preparation. Our expertise and know-how in the fields of engineering, public transit operation, and infrastructure management will be put to good use. This project will also impact the work of many employees, including drivers and maintenance workers.
On October 22, 2010, STM signed a contract with the Bombardier-Alstom Consortium (BAC) to purchase 468 métro cars. This project, which will be spread out over several years, calls for a $1.2G investment, financed jointly by Quebec’s Ministère des transports (75%) and the Montréal agglomeration (25%).
How AZUR will benefit you
- Freedom of movement: nine-car trains allow passengers to move freely from one end to the other
- Increased capacity: each train can accommodate up to 8% more passengers.
- Ventilation system adjusts automatically to number of passengers in each car
- 27% wider doors: easier to embark and disembark, obstruction sensors
- Designed to ensure universal accessibility: more and better-positioned hand grips, colours and contrasts chosen for better visibility
- Optimal ergonomic positioning of seats
- Layout of end cars: 22 fixed seats, 2 flip-up seats, 2 spaces reserved for wheel chairs, ischiatic supports
- Layout of middle cars: 28 fixed seats, 4 flip-up seats.
- Top-of-the-line public address system, acoustic environment to minimize background noise
- Panoramic windows with anti-grafitti and anti-scratchitti protective coating
- Innovative lighting: indirect lighting to create a more comfortable environment
- Pneumatic suspension system: smoother ride, less vibration
- Heightened sense of security: 3 times more interphones, impossible to fall between cars, 4 continuous surveillance cameras
- High-tech information systems
July 2 2013 - AZUR is on the horizon at Exporail!
January 10 2013 - The STM will raise platform levels in certain métro stations
May 16 2012 - The STM unveils the chosen name for its new métro cars
September 20 2011 - Unveiling of the model for the new MPM-10 métro cars
February 18 2011 - The STM unveils the new look of its future métro cars
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