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October 26, 2007 14:34 ET

Three Contracts Awarded for Studies Related to the Project for Passenger Rail Services Linking the Downtown Core, Montreal-Trudeau Airport and the West Island

SOURCE: Steering Committee - Project for passenger rail services linking downtown Montreal, Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and the West Island of Montréal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2007) - Aeroports de Montreal (ADM), the Agence metropolitaine de transport (AMT), Transport Canada, Transports Quebec, the City of Montreal and the Communaute metropolitaine de Montreal (CMM) jointly announce today the awarding of three contracts for studies related to the project to develop passenger rail services linking downtown Montreal, Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and the West Island of Montreal.

ADM and the AMT are co-chairing the project steering committee. The partners have contributed a total of $300,000 to finance these studies.

The following three contracts have been awarded:

- Tecsult, an engineering firm, has been retained to evaluate any previous studies and complementary studies related to the project that have been completed by the partners or announced publicly by any other organization.

- Professional-services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been selected to serve as strategic and financial adviser.

- Convercite, a consultant in urban development projects, has been awarded a contract to conduct a needs- and solutions-perception exercise as a first step in the public consultation process.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute to the studies into this project which may improve both airport access and passenger rail services in Montreal's West Island," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "My colleague Michel Fortier, Minister Responsible for Montreal, and I have made public transit and the reduction of traffic congestion our priority for the Greater Montreal region, and we can succeed in meeting this challenge by all working together."

Francois Ouimet, Parliamentary Assistant to Quebec Transport Minister Julie Boulet and Member of the National Assembly for Marquette, emphasized the promising potential of this initiative. "A little over a year after the release of the first Politique quebecoise du transport collectif (Quebec Policy on Public Transit), this partnership will help us study a high-benefit sustainable development project that can certainly serve as an attractive alternative to individual travel and improve traffic on Montreal's main thoroughfares."

Andre Lavallee, Member of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal and Mayor of Rosemont-La Petite Patrie borough, noted: "Completion of the rail shuttle between the downtown core and Montreal-Trudeau is a priority for all of Montreal's key players and is clearly identified as such in the Montreal Transportation Plan. This important project illustrates our administration's strong desire to transform the transportation system in a way that promotes travel efficiency, economic growth for Montreal and the quality of life of Montrealers."

For his part, ADM President and Chief Executive Officer James Cherry said: "We are taking another major step forward with the awarding of these contracts. As manager of Montreal-Trudeau airport, we consider this project to be a priority that meets two of our objectives: improving customer service by introducing a rail link between the airport and downtown, and promoting sustainable development by providing a way to access the airport other than by road." Mr. Cherry added: "Construction of the airport's rail station will be completed in the fall of 2008."

Joel Gauthier, President and Chief Executive Officer of the AMT, commented: "As co-chair of the project steering committee with ADM, the AMT is pleased to announce today the awarding of three contracts for studies for the project to serve the West Island area of Montreal and Trudeau airport. The AMT's mission is to increase passenger traffic by improving suburban train service between the western and downtown sectors of Montreal Island, among other things by creating a passenger transportation link in this corridor."

And Gerald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal and Chair of the CMM, stated: "In 2005, the Coalition metropolitaine pour la relance du transport collectif (Metropolitan Coalition to Promote Public Transit), which is made up of elected municipal officials and representatives of local civil society, pinpointed this proposal for a shuttle linking Montreal-Trudeau airport and Montreal's downtown core as one of five projects whose completion was considered a priority. These latest studies will allow us to evaluate the different options for improving public transportation to the airport and West Island, as well as the urban redevelopment opportunities that this project will create for this part of the metropolitan region."

Each of the study mandates was awarded following a by-invitation request for proposals. The proposals received were then analyzed by a selection committee.

These studies, combined with a quantification of passenger traffic and social benefits and a fourth technical study to be conducted soon, will provide relevant information to support preliminary cost-benefits analyses for different possible rail routes. The goal is to identify the most advantageous rail route by comparing it with an improved status quo and with other non-rail solutions that could meet the same objectives.

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