Citizen Area

An ongoing dialogue with citizens

In the spring of 2016, CDPQ Infra began a consultation process involving various stakeholders in the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project as well as the general public. Information sessions and discussions were held with citizens, and more will be organized in the future, in all areas affected by the REM. 


For summer 2017, our team is going out to meet public transit clients who will be served by the REM. Future clients and citizens with concerns about the project can ask questions and receive targeted information.

Planned activities for summer 2017 

  • Édouard-Montpetit Station, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
  • McGill Station, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Bonaventure Station, Thursday, July 6, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Central Station, Salle des Pas Perdus, near the docks of the Mascouche and Deux-Montagnes lines, Tuesday July 11, 2017, between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Central Station, Downtown Terminus, 1000 De la Gauchetière, Thursday 13 July 2017, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Deux-Montagnes en fête” event, at the intersection of Chemin d'Oka and 14th Avenue, Saturday July 15, 2017, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Jean-Talon station, Monday July 17, 2017, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

More dates to come this August 2017, follow us on Facebook to find out more.

Public open house evenings in the Greater Montreal area

In order to present the people of greater Montréal with its proposed REM and encourage discussion, CDPQ Infra already held two open house tours: a first series June 2016 and a second at last November and December of 2016 (learn more). These meetings are an important step in CDPQ Infra’s plans to initiate a long-term dialogue with the population concerned by the project. Other activities are planned in 2017 to reach the population.

A dedicated email address and phone number

You can reach the CDPQ Infra team by email at or by phone at 514 847-2833. Requests will be handled quickly.

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

How much will it cost to take the REM?

The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) is responsible for setting fares for all the transit networks in the Greater Montréal area. We are working closely with the ARTM to ensure that the REM is integrated into the fare structure being developed.

As a result, the REM will not have its own fare structure. Instead, there will be integrated fares, for seamless use of the various transit networks. A single type of ticket is planned, allowing the user to buy a ticket from the ARTM and use it in the various networks, including the REM, the metro, buses, etc.

The goal is to have rates comparable to the existing rates being paid for travel over an equivalent distance, with a ticket that provides access to other transportation systems (train, bus, metro, etc.).

We are planning all the infrastructure required to implement the ARTM’s ticketing system in REM stations. 

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

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 27 stations and service provided 20 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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.

When will construction begin?

The preparatory work will begin in the fall of 2017, so the project could break ground this year, following a tendering process to determine which consortiums will be awarded the construction contracts (infrastructure and rolling stock).

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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