Public consultations

In the spring of 2016, CDPQ Infra began a consultation process involving various stakeholders in the REM project as well as the general public. CDPQ Infra is committed to maintaining active, regular and transparent communication throughout the various stages of the project.

Public open house evenings

CDPQ Infra has met with over 3,000 citizens in 2016 at 12 open house evenings to discuss the REM. These events allowed the general public to ask questions, make suggestions and talk to CDPQ Infra experts. Another information tour will take place in 2018. Stay tuned.

The REM and you

During summer 2017, our team went out to meet public transit clients who will be served by the REM. Future clients and citizens with concerns about the project asked questions and received targeted information.

Places visited 

Édouard-Montpetit Station, McGill Station, Bonaventure Station, Jean-Talon Station, Central Station, Bois-Franc train Station, Fairview bus terminal, "Exposition sur les technologies de l'avenir" for Boucherville 350th anniversary, "Deux-Montagnes en fête" event. More dates to come at the beginning of 2018. Follow us on Facebook to find out more.

Information for citizens

DEUX-MONTAGNES | More for clients of the Deux-Montagnes line

The REM, a high-frequency light rail train, will be replacing the existing Deux-Montagnes commuter train and improving service. What changes and improvements should the clients expect?

MASCOUCHE | A well-thought-out transfer for clients of the Mascouche line

When the REM comes into service, clients of the Mascouche commuter train line will start using a brand new (“Correspondance A40”) station to travel downtown. This transfer brings with it new opportunities to travel to other parts of the city on the Blue and Green lines. How will the transfer work, and what improvements the arrival of the REM will bring for these clients?

SOUTH SHORE | More for South Shore clients

Are you currently travelling by bus between the South Shore and the Island of Montréal? In just a few years the buses on the Champlain Bridge will be replaced by the REM, which will have a dedicated corridor in the centre of the new bridge. Three REM stations will be built on the South Shore, and local bus routes will be completely reconsidered, so that as many of them as possible will have stops at the new REM stations.

WEST ISLAND | Direct and easy access for West Island clients

The REM will bring a much improved public transit offering to West Island citizens. Located along Highway 40, the future stations will be accessible in various ways, including by foot, bicycle, public transit or car.

MONTRÉAL METRO | Three connections for an integrated network

Did you know that the REM will be connected to all three main lines – the Green, Blue and Orange lines – of the Montréal metro? These connections will transform how you get around in the city and create many more potential routes to your destinations.

Frequently asked questions

Q1. How will transit fares in the REM be determined?

The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) develops rate schedules for all transit systems in the Greater Montréal area. We are currently working closely with the organization to integrate the REM into this future rate schedule. The aim is to create a single fare. Customers would buy tickets from the ARTM that could be used in various networks, including the REM, the métro, buses, etc. CDPQ Infra’s intention is that rates should be comparable to those currently paid for equivalent distances and that travel fares, for example the Opus cards, should provide access to both the REM and the other transit systems.

Q2. How will I get to REM stations?

You will be able to access the stations by foot, bike, public transit or car, depending on their location. We have made it a priority to encourage extending bus lines to the stations to encourage public transit use by the most citizens possible, while ensuring a good balance with incentive parking. Groups are already hard at work redesigning local bus routes.

Access methods have been established in cooperation with the appropriate transit authorities, inter-municipal transit boards and municipalities. 

CDPQ Infra has also signed a series of agreements with Bixi, Netlif, Téo Taxi, car2go, Netlift and Communauto that will allow future clients of the REM to reach its stations by various complementary means, so that there will be practical and viable alternatives to travelling alone by car. Learn more

Q3. Will the REM be connected to the Montréal metro?

Yes. In November 2016, CDPQ Infra announced that stations will be added downtown. Édouard-Montpetit (on the Blue line), McGill (the Green line) and Central Station/Bonaventure (the Orange line) will be connected to the REM, ensuring connections to all three main metro lines. With its high-frequency service, the REM will practically be a fifth light rail transit line, with its service provided 20 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Q4. Will those with reduced mobility be able to use the REM?

Yes. REM stations will not only have elevators and escalators, the stations will also meet the principles of universal access. Right from the start of the project, CDPQ Infra has been committed to making its stations accessible to everyone. REM station platforms will thus be at the same level as the floor of REM cars, in order to facilitate access for anyone using a wheelchair or stroller, and for anyone transporting a bicycle or rolling luggage.

Q5. Which sector will work start in, and when?

Work in the field should begin during Spring 2018. The consortium selected after the tendering process will be responsible for defining a construction strategy and determining which sector it intends to start work in. As soon as a consortium is selected, our team will share information on the work and its impact. Stay tuned for more information.

Q6. Who developed the REM’s routes?

In September 2015, the Government of Québec gave CDPQ Infra broad project parameters so it could begin planning two public transit projects:

  • The public transit system for the A-10/Downtown Montréal axis: this initiative projected the implementation of a new electric public transit service that connects the South Shore to downtown Montréal via the new Champlain Bridge.
  • The public transit system for Montréal’s West Island, via the airport: this project involved the implementation of a new electric public transit service that links the West Island to downtown Montréal via the Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport.

These two projects have been the subject of numerous studies during recent years by various stakeholders. A technical analysis completed by CDPQ Infra pointed to a solution that combines the two projects into a single, integrated 67-km network. Merging the two systems will create a broad public transit network that will link to existing networks (bus, metro and commuter trains) in the Greater Montréal area and generate economies of scale related to system construction and operation. 

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