Major electric light-rail project for Montreal

Commuter Rail Station

On April 22, la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) unveiled plans for its Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM), a fully automated light rail transit (LRT) system. According to Michel Sabia, President of la Caisse, “this is the most important public transit project in Quebec in the last 50 years”.

The $5.5B project comprises of 24 stations and a 67-kilometre rail line, and shall carry at least 150,000 passengers every day. Moreover, the REM should help reduce GHG emissions by 16,800 tonnes annually. According to Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre,

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017, so that the first trains can be in service towards the end of 2020.

Map of the Réseau électrique métropolitain

For more details, read the CDPQ’s press release.