QUÉBEC CITY, June 6, 2018 – The National Assembly has adopted Bill 186 concerning the acquisition of additional cars for the Montréal subway system.
André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, welcomed this significant step forward that will allow the Société de transport de Montréal to invite the Bombardier-Alstom Consortium to modify the current contract in order to acquire additional subway cars.
We are taking one more step towards our double goal of improving the quality and reliability of public transit in keeping with the spirit of the Sustainable Mobility Policy and stimulating the economy and innovation in Québec. This ambition that we have for Québec also takes regional economic development into consideration by creating a context for the maintenance of high-quality jobs in La Pocatière and Sorel-Tracy.
– André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification
The expertise acquired at the La Pocatière plant is a valuable asset for economic development in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The Government of Québec is recognizing this expertise by tabling this bill that strengthens the possibility of seeing additional cars assembled at the La Pocatière plant, which would entail significant economic benefit for the whole community.
– Jean d’Amour, Minister for Maritime Affairs and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region
For workers and their families, a wind of optimism is blowing with the passing of this bill. The Government is keeping its word by deploying the efforts needed for the acquisition of additional cars and thereby preserving many jobs at the Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. plant, in addition to several indirect jobs. This is great news for all the workers of Côte-du-Sud.
– Norbert Morin, MNA for Côte-du-Sud and Deputy Government Whip
- In 2010, the National Assembly unanimously adopted the Act concerning the acquisition of cars for the Montréal subway. This law allowed the Société de Transport de Montréal to conclude a contract by mutual agreement with the Bombardier-Alstom Consortium for the acquisition of 468 Azur-type subway cars, replacing the MR-63 cars.
- The acquisition of the additional cars by the Société de transport de Montréal under the amendments made to the contract concluded with the Bombardier-Alstom Consortium in 2010 would:
- Enable the rapid acquisition of a number of cars;
- Expedite the improvement of service quality and reliability for users;
- Allow for cost savings if the consortium reuses the technology that has already been developed, with or without improvement;
- Help save jobs at the Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. plant in La Pocatière associated with the assembly of the vehicles acquired in 2010.