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Montreal REM transportation network launches

By Jillian Morgan   


REM Montreal

A project management office will be created for the project, in addition to a community relations office.

The Reseau Express Metropolitain (REM) project in Montreal, Que. has launched. It will be the largest public transportation network developed in the city in 50 years.

Construction is expected to begin in April 2018. Initial tests will be conducted at the end of 2020, and CDPQ Infra – infrastructure projects owner-operator – aims for REM to be operational in the summer of 2021.

Groupe NouvLR and Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilite des Montrealais (PMM) are the winning consortia for the project, which was announced two years ago.

Objectives for REM include a sustainable, high quality system with high frequency and quick travel times. The $0.72/passenger-kilometer cost target will be used by the city’s transportation authority to set rates.


The project also hopes to keep construction costs, which total $6.3 billion, at a variation of less than 5 per cent of preliminary estimates.

Members of Groupe NouvLR include SNC-Lavalin, Dragados Canada, Aecon, EBC and Pomerleau.

PMM – SNC-Lavalin operations and maintenance and Alstom Transport Canada – will cover provisions of rolling stock systems, as well as and operation and maintenance.

Construction of REM is expected to contribute to the provincial economy, creating about 34,000 local jobs.

“The last few months’s discussions led to solid improvements,” said Macky Tall, president and CEO of CDPQ Infra. “We’re excited to soon see a brand new public transportation network built with cutting-edge technology in Greater Montreal.”

An advisory committee will also be set up with the City of Montreal to discuss urban planning around REM stations. Contests will be held for urban planning around the Bassin Peel station entrances, located in the developing Griffintown and Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhoods.

Three shared-use, existing infrastructures – the Mont Royal tunnel, Central Station (rail infrastructure) and the Viaduc du Sud – have been or will be acquired and grouped in a subsidiary of CDPQ Infra.

This subsidiary intends to maintain these infrastructures shared with current and future operators and generate a stable commercial return.



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