Parts of the tunnel boring machine has arrived in Montréal for the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) in the Greater Montréal.
The TBM will dig a 3.5-km tunnel between the Technoparc and Montréal-Trudeau airport, as the REM route will be underground in this area to protect the wetlands of the Technoparc and pass under the airport runways, more than 30 metres below the surface.
In the coming months, the TBM will be assembled and tested, followed by drilling works. The REM at the Montréal-Trudeau airport will be commissioned in 2023, with a 600-passenger capacity per departure.
The automated light rail network will have a total length of 67 km, served by 27 stations, providing transport services in the Greater Montréal.
The first trains are expected to start running in 2021 from the South Shore to Bonaventure-Central station and in2022- 2023 the other branches of the LRT network will be gradually put into service.