With the goal of constantly being at the cutting-edge technology and being an increasingly modern city, the REM project (Réseau Express Métropolitain) will become one of the largest automated transit network projects after Singapore, Dubai and Vancouver. Montreal wants to create a efficient and reliable transit to travel throughout the metropolitan area.
That ambitious project aims to bring a new transport dynamic to develop the network already set up and meet concrete needs. The light rail transit of Montreal will find its place within the transport network already established and will be connected with bus networks, the Montreal Underground and commuter trains to allow the combination of several modes of transport and to offer a diversification of travel options to users.
More specifically, the project will link downtown Montreal, South Shore, West Island and the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport and will cover 67 kilometers of double tracks with catenary power supply. About twenty stations will be planned with the possibility to transport 600 passengers by train. That « réseau express » will be fully automated and users will benefit from access to free Wi-Fi and from a 20-hour service.
In addition to the advantages for users, the municipality wants to encourage citizens to eco-mobility. That project aims to foster a practical mobility, respectful of the environment with a consequent reduction of CO2 emissions. The project will also generate economic benefits for Montreal and Quebec by creating jobs during the construction.
The construction cost will amount to approximatively $ 6.3 billion with three main shareholders:
Government of Quebec
Government of Canada
Michael Sabia, CEO of Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Quebec, said: « This time, the respect of budgets and all deadlines will be respected". In other words, this project will come out of the ground in 2021.
Montréal will never stop evolving in technologies and innovations to meet the needs of its citizens, attract more visitors and facilitate access to the city and its surroundings. KEYS Real Estate Agency will use this extension to further expand its market.