Intermodal Hub

Rail transport: the world-renowned Montreal Model

The Port of Montreal owes much of its success to the Montreal Model. This management system is recognized throughout the industry for the time-saving manner in which it optimizes the flow of goods from ship to rail and truck. 

At the cornerstone of this model is the port’s highly efficient rail network covering 12 kilometres and comprising over 100 kilometres of dockside track. These tracks are linked to Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) yards, which service Eastern and Western Canada as well as the Northern and Southern U.S.

Freight trains are prepared by port authority employees, then brought by locomotive from the port to the rail interchange zone that connects them to CN or CP locomotives. Conversely, containerized traffic arriving at the port from Central Canada and the U.S. Midwest are connected to port locomotives then brought to a container or grain terminal, or to the client.


Road transport: on the cutting edge of technology

The Port of Montreal's facilities are located just minutes away from a network of highways leading to major markets in Eastern Canada and Ontario, as well as the U.S. Northeast and Midwest. Up to 2,500 trucks pass through its gates each day.

In March 2011, the Port of Montreal equipped its trucks with the latest technology in order to improve traffic flow. Video camera surveillance and optical character recognition technology identify and track containers, and 27 control checkpoints are equipped with an automated registration system. Biometric technology identifies drivers and validates each transaction by indicating precisely where a container is to be delivered or loaded within the terminal area.