Canada: Two major transportation projects worth CHF 7.1 billion create opportunities for Swiss providers of railway technology

Global Opportunities: Two major railway projects have recently been proposed: In April, the Caisse de Dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced a CHF 4.1 billion fully-automated electric light rail project for the Greater Montreal area that is planned to be running by 2020.


Canada: Two major transportation projects worth CHF 7.1 billion create opportunities for Swiss providers of railway technology

In addition, Via Rail, an independent Crown corporation mandated to offer intercity passenger service in Canada, proposed a dedicated passenger rail track project worth CHF 3 billion within the Québec city – Windsor corridor, which would also include the renewal of their fleet. The time horizon of the deployment is set for 4 years.

Commuter light rail in Montreal

The pension fund of Quebec (CDPQ) recently announced to fund a fully automated 67 kilometer light rail for public transit in Montreal. CDPQ is willing to invest $3 billion and aims to have the new train running by 2020. CDPQ counts on both the provincial and the federal government to supply the missing amount for the project that is estimated at $5.5 billion.


  Region: Canada: Quebec, Ontario
  Industry: Transportation
  Time: 2016 - 2020
  Project volume: CHF 7.1 billion

The commuter rail line would use a combination of existing and newly built stations stretching from the South Shore to Montreal's Trudeau airport, the West Island and Laval. The trains would operate seven days a week from 5:00 1:00 a.m. and provide commuters around the city with quicker rides into work, more comfort and reliability as well as more frequently running trains.

For more detailed information about the light rail line project in Montreal and its priorities visit:

Via Rail - Dedicated Passenger Track Project

With its commitment to a modern and efficient transport ecosystem, Via Rail faces the challenge of sharing tracks with freight trains, which often leads to delays, as freight trains get priority over passenger trains. Therefore Via Rail is planning to provide a dedicated passenger track in the Québec city- Windsor corridor. The implementation of dedicated passenger tracks would result in more frequently running trains, improvement of on-time performances, increased ridership and a more reliable rail transportation system. 

The project includes investments of about $4 billion over the next four years, $2 billion for infrastructure, $1 billion for electrification and $1 billion in rolling stock, and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants that contribute to climate change and smog. 

For more detailed information about the dedicated passenger track project visit:

Swiss companies interested in opportunities in the railway sector in Canada might also want to consider participating at the 2017 World Public Transport Summit, which will take place in Montreal/Canada. Details are available with the Swiss Business Hub Canada. 



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