Your train lines are getting new numbers

Monday, July 24 2023

Your train lines are getting new numbers

With the REM coming into service, a number of changes are being made to harmonize the Montreal transit network. One of them is a new signage that has just been unveiled by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM).

Here is the plan that will come into effect on July 31, on the day the REM starts running:

Plan du réseau de trains exo

A bit of history

Did you know that the metro lines, which we usually identify by the color associated to them, actually also carry numbers? The green line is number 1, the orange line, number 2, the yellow line, number 4 and the blue line, number 5. Number 3 was never used, the project having been dropped along the way. In the same way, at the time of its creation, exo gave its train lines numbers from 1 to 5.

Seizing the opportunity of the REM’s arrival, the ARTM now launches a complete reconfiguration of the metropolitan network. The aim of these changes is to unify, simplify and harmonize the signage in order to make it easier for users to navigate the different transit modes.

In this respect, expert teams in this field have come to the conclusion that each transit mode should bear a symbol (such as a number), a color and a distinctive feature. That is why the digit 1 has been added to our existing train numbers.

Tableau comparatif lignes de train

You may have noticed that the numbers are not the only thing that is changing! Indeed, we have also taken the opportunity to match the colors associated with our lines to those of the exo brand.