At its 2022 annual conference, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) recognized the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) with awards in the categories of Innovation and Environmental Sustainability and granted the William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award to former STM CEO Luc Tremblay.
Montréal had the honour of hosting CUTA’s 2022 annual conference, which took place from October 23 to 26. Attendees gathered from all over Canada to gain insights into local sustainable mobility solutions. STM experts shared plenty of knowledge, taking part in 11 panels and talks, as well as offering three technical tours of STM facilities for registered guests. Overall, the event was attended by over 700 specialists in the field of public transit.
Two infrastructure projects awarded
In addition to contributing to the conference programming, the STM was recognized at the annual awards ceremony for CUTA members.
Innovation: The Towers mechanical ventilation station construction project was awarded for deftly concealing an essential piece of Montréal métro infrastructure behind the facade of a 19th-century Victorian home. Aiming to integrate the structure seamlessly into the surrounding city architecture and boost the project’s social acceptability, the STM managed to preserve and restore the historic facade of the building that happened to be located on one of the rare suitable lands available in this part of the city. It was an unusual mandate to be sure, but the project office’s daring ingenuity paid off.
Environmental Sustainability: Also awarded was the Côte-Vertu garage, a facility inaugurated this past June that houses ten additional métro trains to improve the STM’s service offering. The judges were particularly impressed with the Platinum Envision Award that the project had earned from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). It was the first ever Canadian public transit infrastructure project to receive a recognition this high from the ISI.
Luc Tremblay inducted into the CUTA Hall of Fame
In individual distinctions, the STM was also honoured through its former CEO. After a total of 28 years at the STM, including seven as its head, Luc Tremblay received the William G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award.
The selection committee acknowledged Tremblay’s many achievements over his career, as well as the strategic dimension that he brought to financial management in the public transit industry.
Receiving this award earned Tremblay a place in the CUTA Hall of Fame, which for over a quarter century has celebrated Canadians who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of public transit in this country.