AMT's territory spans 63 municipalities and 1 native reserve, 13 regional county municipalities, and 21 transit authorities. It serves a population of approximately 3.2 million people and is responsible for more than 750,000 trips daily.
AMT's mandate includes the management of reserved (HOV) lanes, metropolitan terminuses, park-and-ride lots, and a budget of $163 million, which is disseminated to the transit corporations and intermunicipal public transit organizations. Apart from these essential services, AMT is also responsible for Montreal's commuter rail service, which links the downtown core with communities as far west as Rigaud, as far east as Mont-Saint-Hilaire, and as far north as Blainville.
There are five commuter train lines (trains de banlieue), which run from Montreal's Central and Lucien-L'Allier stations. These lines are integrated with the bus and Metro network maintained by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), or Montreal Transit Corporation.
The train route is divided into five fare zones, numbered 1-3, 5, and 6 (there is no Zone 4). The fare system is based on the assumption that you will be travelling to or from the downtown terminal in Zone 1. As such, there is no reduced fare if, for example, you make a trip from Zone 5 to Zone 2, or entirely within Zone 3.
Zones 1 and 2 are within the City of Montreal (Island of Montreal), the region normally served by the STM.
Zone 1 is completely integrated with the STM bus and Metro systems. You can use the monthly bus/Metro pass (called the Carte Autobus Métro or CAM) on trains in Zone 1. For those not using a pass, free transfers are still possible between the train, bus, and Metro systems. If you begin your trip on the train, you buy a ticket from the automated dispenser at each station, then you can use this ticket as a transfer for the bus or Metro. Tickets purchased in booklets of six, once validated, can also be used for transfer to the bus or Metro. If you begin your trip on the bus or Metro, you pay with cash or a bus/Metro ticket, obtain a paper transfer when you pay your fare, then use this transfer as a ticket on the train.
Zone 2 of the train system is also integrated with the STM bus and Metro systems, but riding the train in this zone requires a higher fare. You may purchase a Zone 2 ticket, or use a special pass, called the Carte Train Autobus Métro, or TRAM. Passengers from Zone 2 can transfer to the bus or Metro with no additional payment, by using their train ticket as a transfer, or by using their TRAM pass.
Passenger holding a valid bus or Metro transfer or a CAM pass may take the train to Zone 2, but an additional payment is required. The supplement is paid by purchasing a Zone 1 ticket before boarding the train.
Because Zones 3, 5, and 6 are outside the City of Montreal, tickets for these zones -- both single tickets and those bought in booklets of 6 -- are valid on the train only. They do not permit transfers to the bus and Metro systems. The same tickets may be used on all three train routes.
The monthly pass for Zone 3 is a regional pass which can also be used on the STM bus and Metro systems, as well as on the STL (Laval) and RTL (Longueuil) bus systems. Two monthly passes are available for Zone 5, one of which is valid on the train only, and one which is valid on the train and also on the STM bus and Metro systems, and on suburban bus systems.
Tickets and passes for the Deux-Montagnes commuter trains are also valid on the Rigaud and Blainville line trains, and vice versa, for travel within the same fare zones on the three lines.
Tickets are sold by automated vending machines at each station. Passes for all zones are sold at Central and Lucien-L'Allier Stations. CAM passes (Zone 1) are sold at all Metro stations and at many dépanneurs (convenience stores) and other outlets. Passes for Zones 2-6 are sold at a few stores near the suburban stations. Passes are valid for a calendar month, and are normally on sale from the 25th of the previous month to the 5th of their month of validity. The March pass goes on sale February 20.
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1.1 Montreal/Dorion-Rigaud2 External links
List of Commuter Rail Stations