On January 1 a joint venture of SNC-Lavalin and Gesproex Inc took over maintenance and operation of the Deux-Montagnes and Rigaud commuter lines from the Montreal Urban Community Transport Commission.

The city’s Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, which oversees the two commuter lines, announced award of a three-year contract to SNC-Gesproex on December 16. Responsibility for ticketing, passenger information and marketing functions is transferred for an annual payment of C$992000, saving 31% over the previous Muctc cost. o