It’s finally underway! Two years after the project was announced, work on the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project officially started on April 12, 2018, with a groundbreaking ceremony near Central Station, in the Griffintown district.
This new metro network will include 26 stations and span the greater Montreal metropolitan region with 67 km of track (by comparison, the current metro network is 71 km long)! What’s special about it? The REM will be a high-frequency, fully automated electric network with both underground and elevated segments. It will also provide easy access to the Montréal-Trudeau airport.
Preliminary work started this spring in Montréal, Brossard and on the right of way for the Deux-Montagnes line. Most of the work currently underway consists of geotechnical drilling to evaluate the composition and resistance properties of the soil. This data will then be used in the design of REM infrastructure.
Starting this summer, thousands of workers and engineers will start construction on the train routes and future stations for this immense project. The first trains are expected to start running in 2021.
The REM in numbers:
3 connections to the metro (Édouard-Montpetit, McGill and Bonaventure stations)
4 directions (South Shore, Airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Deux-Montagnes)
20 minutes to get to the airport from downtown
34,000 jobs created during construction
$4 billion invested in Québec
The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) will serve both residential and business districts. Here’s a quick tour of some of the neighbourhoods where REM stations will be built.
The metro finally comes to the South Shore! Three stations are planned for Brossard, including one near the Quartier DIX-30, fifteen minutes from the city centre and the economic heart of Montréal. Perfect for going from the old 9-to-5 to a nice 5 à 7.
From U de M to McGill, from the Polytechnique to ÉTS, and from HEC to the business district… The REM will cross and connect the blue line (Édouard-Montpetit), green line (McGill) and orange line (Bonaventure-Central Station) in just a few short minutes. A real time-saver for students.
With 18 million passengers last year, Montréal-Trudeau Airport is the third-largest in Canada. Soon, travellers will be able to get there from the city centre in just 20 minutes on an express train! The nearby Technoparc employment hub will also have its own station.
Head west by way of Pointe-Claire and Kirkland. The end station at Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue has plenty of cultural hotspots to offer, including the Ecomuseum and the Montreal Aviation Museum. McGill University’s Macdonald campus is fairly close by as well.
Five stations will be added in the borough of Saint-Laurent. The REM will replace the current Deux-Montagnes commuter train line, but the frequency will be much higher: every 2.5 minutes at peak times and every 5 minutes off-peak. That means less time waiting at stations!
The REM will also have stations in Laval and Deux-Montagnes.
For more information and to see how work is progressing: www.rem.info/en