Réseau express métropolitain

A new line that
transports Greater Montréal

 

Presentation

Once completed, the REM will be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore (82), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km). For the metropolitan area, the REM also represents the largest public transportation infrastructure since the Montréal metro, inaugurated in 1966. 

The solution proposed by CDPQ Infra will:

  • offer an integrated, efficient and reliable service
  • constitute Québec’s first “public-public” partnership project
  • build a new network of strategic importance for the Montreal metropolitan area and for Québec
  • foster environmentally sustainable transportation
     

Integrated, efficient and reliable service

As a single, integrated transportation network, the REM will offer a number of efficient travel options in the Greater Montréal area. The REM will be connected with bus networks, commuter trains (Mascouche and Saint-Hilaire lines) and with the Montréal metro (Blue, Green and Orange lines).

With frequent and reliable service – 20 hours a day, every day – the REM represents a new paradigm and significant time savings for commuters in the metropolitan region. The decision to use dedicated tracks will allow for quick and uninterrupted travel, and passengers will have Wi-Fi connectivity and access to live status updates.
 

Construction costs and benefits

The REM represents construction costs of approximately $6.3 billion. 
 

Main financing sources

  • La Caisse: $2.95 billion
  • Gouvernment of Québec: $1.28 billion
  • Gouvernment of Canada: $1.28 billion
 

Potential economic benefits

  • GDP: the REM could potentially add more than $3.7 billion to Québec’s GDP over four year
  • Real estate developments: close to $5 billion in private real estate developments along the route are currently expected
  • Jobs: more than 34,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the construction phase and more than 1,000 permanent jobs will be created once the REM starts running
  • Environment: the REM could help reduce GHG emissions by by 680,000 tonnes over 25 years of operation and accelerate Québec’s transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Traffic congestion: this new public transit system could reduce economic losses associated with traffic congestion, currently estimated at $1.9 billion annually in the Greater Montréal area


Sustainable mobility services

Agreements have been reached with various sustainable mobility services (Bixi, Car2go, Communauto, Netlift, Téo Taxi, Vélo Québec) to offer passengers a variety of travel options between home and the station. For additional options, mobility services around REM stations will combine car-sharing, carpooling and electric taxi services.

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Project overview
 

 

 

67 km of double tracks
4 branches connected to downtown

  • ​Electric and fully automated light rail transit network
  • Power supplied through catenary
  • Ground, underground and overhead route
  • Initial fleet of 240 cars
  • Four-car train at rush hour
  • Two-car train at off-peak times
  • 600-passenger capacity in four-car train, at rush hour

26 stations
Wi-Fi on the entire network

  • 26 stations accessible by foot, bike, bus and car
  • Platforms of approximately 80 m long
  • Platform screen automatic doors
  • Attendants circulating in trains and stations for information and control purposes
  • Universal access (elevators, escalators and more)

13 stations with bus terminals of bus platforms

14 parking facilities

  • ​Connections to orange, green and blue metro lines
  • Integration of networks and feeder buses
  • Intermodal stations designed to simplify access

Travel time and frequency at peak hour

Documents

2016

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