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.
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
MASCOUCHE | A well-thought-out transfer for clients of the Mascouche line
SOUTH SHORE | More for South Shore clients
WEST ISLAND | Direct and easy access for West Island clients
MONTRÉAL METRO | Three connections for an integrated network
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The REM and your questions
What does the REM have in store for you?
The REM will change how people get around in the Greater Montréal area by providing a brand new public transit network. It will feature universal accessibility, frequent trains, stations in modern, light-filled buildings, Wi-Fi throughout the network, and more! Discover the REM experience and many of the features of this new automated light rail transit system.
Why was the LRT technology chosen for the REM?
A review of various forms of transportation shows that LRT (light rail transit) systems combine the most benefits, to efficiently meet the identified transportation needs. The LRT is a modern, fast and reliable form of transportation. It also provides great flexibility, particularly in terms of frequency, and adapts to local needs.
What are the features of the REM route?
The REM will be based on a major line running through the heart of Montréal, with four branch lines in the metropolitan area. Discover these four branches – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Deux-Montagnes, the South Shore and the Airport – and learn more about how REM routes will be integrated into their urban environments. Since this video was first posted online, three new stations have been added to the REM network.