Montréal REM construction starts this spring

The construction of Montréal Réseau express métropolitain (REM) will start in April, as CDPQ Infra announced that NouvLR and Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM) are the winning consortia. The initial testing will be conducted at the end of 2020 and in 2021, the 67 km automated transport system will be put into service.
“We can confirm that construction of the Réseau express métropolitain will begin in April. The REM is now a reality. Since the very start of the project, less than two years ago, we have been meeting with the public, municipalities, transportation companies, and other stakeholders. We listened to their ideas and suggestions, which turned into innovative solutions and continuously improved our project,” Michael Sabia, President of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec said.
For the infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, the winner is Groupe NouvLR consortium, formed by SNC Lavalin Grands Projets, Dragados Canada, Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Pomerleau and EBC.
The winner of the provision of rolling stock and systems and operation and maintenance (RSSOM) contract is Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM) formed by Alstom Transport Canada and SNC-Lavalin O&M.
The two selected consortia will harmonize their respective proposals in the next few months to finalize the details of the schedule and begin work in the spring.
The REM is an integrated network linking downtown Montreal, South Shore, West Island, North Shore and the airport. It will have a length of 67 km of double tracks with 4 branches connected to downtown, served by 26 stations, including 13 stations with bus terminals of bus platforms and 14 parking facilities.
Initially, the system will be operated by a fleet of 240 cars, with 4-car train at rush hour and 2-car train at off-peak times.
The total value of the project is CAD 6.3 billion (over USD 4 billion), of which La Caisse provides CAD 2.95 billion (USD 1.9 billion), Québec Government CAD 1.28 billion (USD 828.8 million) and Canada’s Government, CAD 1.28 billion (USD 828.8 million).


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