If you navigate Montréal via the STM metro, you may have caught a glimpse of a rare, shiny and new metro car whizzing through the tunnels. These are the first of the AZUR metro car trains that will soon be populating Montréal! The new state-of-the-art AZUR cars are replacing the current MR-63 cars, which have been running on Montréal since 1966 (and let’s face it, their age is showing). Here are some exciting facts about them.
Cool New Features:
The new AZUR metro cars have a handful of features that make riding more convenient, comfortable and easier. For starters, the modern nine-car “boa” design allows riders to move easily from one car to another, even from one end of the train to the other. The open concept also accommodates 8% more passengers. The state-of-the-art ventilation system adjusts depending on how many riders are on board. The cars also boast 27% wider doors, for less crowded entries and exits, and clearly visible grips and handlebars for universal accessibility. The pneumatic suspension system provides a smoother ride and the panoramic windows are graffiti- and scratch-resistant. For comfort, seats are built in an ergonomic position, and for added security the cars have three times more intercoms and four continuous surveillance cameras.
Rest assured that when you finally get the opportunity to ride in an AZUR metro car, you will be contributing to a healthier environment. The cars are made from 60% locally-sourced Canadian materials, including equipment that is 92.5% recyclable. Best of all, they are entirely powered by hydroelectricity, a green and eco-friendly energy source.
Launching the AZUR metro cars:
In August 2017, 50% of AZUR trains had been delivered, and as of April 2018 there are 38 AZUR trains that have been transferred to the STM, two of which are running on the Green line. The STM are moving forward with the gradual integration of more AZUR trains across the networks, following tests to confirm the AZUR trains will work well on the lines.
We hope you enjoy your experience riding the STM metro in Montréal!