The history of public transit takes over the métro

Press release

Montréal, March 20, 2011   Tomorrow morning as of 5:30 a.m., the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will put its “museum” train into service on line 2 – orange. Clients will have the opportunity to be transported to their destination aboard one of the three cars completely refinished with images evoking the history of public transit in Montréal. Once they’ve had some fun trying to catch this museum train, clients will be able to discover everything inside and make the rich and fascinating history from the era of the tramway to today their own.

Here is a sampling of the information that you will be able to discover during your trip in the cars illustrating the past:

  • What is the name of the very first electric tramway to run in the streets of Montréal on September 21, 1892?
  • On what date did electrification of the tramway end?
  • In what year was the company’s first bus put into service?
  • On what date and at what location did the construction work on the métro begin?
  •  How many people worked there? (*answers at the end of the text)

“Proud of its past, anchored in the present, and resolutely looking to the future, the Société intends to give the 150th anniversary of public transit in Montréal the importance it deserves. And that is why we are having this original activity in conjunction with the photo exhibit running now in the Passerelle des arts at the Place-des-Arts métro station. The STM, which provides close to 390 million trips per year, wants to celebrate with its clients and the Montréal population throughout the year, as they all share in this success,” stated Mr. Michel Labrecque, Chairman of the STM’s Board of Directors.

If you haven’t seen the museum train with your own eyes, the “making of” video of its refinishing will be available on Facebook and Youtube. And, if you have seen it, why not share your impressions with us on Facebook?

In closing it should be noted that the three cars illustrating the past will run from March 21 to the end of May, the three illustrating the present, from June until the end of August, and the three illustrating the future, from September to the end of the year. Also, keep in mind that the photo exhibit under the theme Hommage aux travailleurs d’hier à aujourd’hui, whose first segment will instantly transport visitors to the era of the tramway from 1861 to 1959, continues at Place-des-Arts métro station until the end of April.

*Rocket; October 27, 1894; in 1919; on Berri St.; May 23, 1962; more than 5 000

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