Promises of money in spring 2018 for the extension of the metro’s blue line to Anjou inspired Steve Faguy to tweet a series of earlier promises, and he’s given me permission to work his items into this timeline. I’m adding various pieces other sources; the question of transit along Pie-IX plays into this, as well as the later notions about the REM and the Pink Line.

October 1966: Initial metro system opens in Montreal.

June 1986: Blue line opens, but only from St-Michel to De Castelnau.

June 1987: Parc station opens, extending the line one station westward.

January 1988: Snowdon station opens and blue line runs from Snowdon to St-Michel, which has now remained the status quo for 30 years. Acadie station doesn’t open till March 1988; it remains one of the least busy in the system and is, to date – summer 2018 – the last metro station opened on the island of Montreal.

February 1990: Montreal Urban Community approves $1-billion loan to fund metro extensions: orange line to Laval, blue line to Anjou and new line on Pie-IX Blvd.

October 1998: Transport minister Jacques Brassard says “the money is there” after Quebec sets aside $63.5 million to extend the blue line east one stop to Pie-IX.

May 2001: Quebec announces $140 million toward transit projects, including extending the orange line to Laval and the blue line to Pie-IX.

April 2002: AMT publishes $3-million study on extending blue line to Anjou, which puts total cost at $700 million.

April 2007: Orange line’s Laval extension opens: three stations costing $700 million.

November 2010: AMT compiles a “wish list” saying it needs $91 million for studies and preliminary engineering work on extending the blue line.

September 2013: PQ transport minister Sylvain Gaudreault says his government wants to extend the blue line but not before 2020.

January 2015: A study is announced into extending the blue line with surface rail. Anjou mayor Luis Miranda is not pleased.

February 2015: There’s a brief flurry of interest in extending the blue line with an elevated train, a Robert Poëti idea.

June 2015: An AMT study shoots down a proposal to extend the line with a surface tram between St‑Michel and Anjou.

February 2016: The price tag for the blue line extension as a conventional subway tunnel is put at $3 billion. By this point $60 million has been spent on studies about the blue line extension.

April 2018: Federal and provincial unite to announce money for the extension of the blue line to Anjou by 2026, including five new stations: Pie-IX, Viau, Lacordaire, Langelier and Galeries d’Anjou. (Since Pie-IX, Viau and Langelier are already station names on the green line, will new names be chosen or will they just be “Pie-IX Nord” or “Viau Bleu”?)

May 2018: Government will be paying out more than $300 million for land expropriations needed to extend the line to Anjou.

Also in May, St-Laurent mayor Alan DeSousa revives a previously mentioned but shelved idea to extend the orange line past the Côte-Vertu terminus to Bois-Franc. A vast underground garage is being excavated near the terminus and DeSousa suggests that it would save money to extend the tunnel at the same time.

June 2018: Quebec says it will pay for the $394-million cost of the express bus lane on Pie-IX, largely meant to ferry people to and from Laval. It’s supposed to be completed by 2022.

August 2018: STM sets money aside for more studies on the blue line extension, specifically concerning acquiring the needed land. There’s also talk in the linked article about platform doors for the orange line.

October 2018: The CAQ wins a majority in the Quebec election, throwing PLQ transit promises into doubt. François Legault is against Projet’s Pink Line but no news has come out about the Blue.