Canadian Consulting Engineer

News

Big plans laid for new LRT network across Montreal area

The "Reseau électrique métropolitain (REM)" represents the largest public transportation infrastructure project since the Montréal metro was inaugurated in 1966


CDPQ Map of proposed Montreal LRT (Reseau électrique métropolitain "REM") connections.

CDPQ Map of proposed Montreal LRT (Reseau électrique métropolitain “REM”) connections.

Quebec’s big public pension fund investment company, La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has unveiled plans for a large new public transportation system for Montreal area.

The organization’s infrastructure investment arm, CDPQ Infra, is planning to construct an automated, 20-hours-per-day LRT network that will stretch across the city and link with the existing metro, rail lines and buses.

Covering 67 kilometres, the “Reseau électrique métropolitain (REM)” will link downtown Montreal with the South Shore, the West Island, North Shore and the airport. The REM represents the largest public transportation infrastructure since the Montréal metro was inaugurated in 1966. It will be the third largest automated transportation system in the world after Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km), and just ahead of Singapore (65 km).

The line will have underground, at grade and overhead sections and will run along dedicated corridors, including the Highway 40 route to the West Island, which means that the trains – which will be fully automated – won’t be slowed down by freight trains. There will be 24 stations, with platforms 80 metres long and platform screen doors. The stations will be enclosed and climate controlled, and equipped with elevators.

 

The $5.5-billion investment is contingent on the federal and provincial governments providing around $2.5 billion, but CDPQ will hold consultations this spring and says it plans to issue requests for proposals by this fall. It will be Quebec’s first public-private partnership project.

CDPQ says the proposed network will help to relieve congestion not only on the existing transit system (one of the busiest in the world), but also provide relief on the city’s notoriously congested highways. Traffic jams in the Greater Montreal area are estimated to cost the economy $1.4 billion annually. By taking cars off the road, the network will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 16,800 tonnes annually. And because the line will be electrified it will also help move transition to a low-carbon economy, as presented recently in its energy plan.

Macky Tall, president and chief executive officer of CDPQ Infra, said:  “Much work remains to be done, but today we are unveiling a state-of-the-art solution. With highly frequent service, 20 hours a day, universal access and Wi-Fi available throughout the network, the REM promises to improve the daily commute of hundreds of thousands of people. We are committed to delivering the project on-time and on-budget.”
CDPQ Infra plans to submit this project to the environmental impact public hearing (BAPE) process at the end of the summer of 2016. If all goes according to plan, construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017 and the first trains will run in 2020.

For more information, click here.

 


Print this page

Related Posts



1 Comment » for Big plans laid for new LRT network across Montreal area
  1. Ben Novak says:

    The key phrase in the article is “the $5.5-billion investment is contingent on the federal and provincial governments providing around $2.5 billion” , which of course means that it may not go as quickly as indicated. Another concern I would have is how much study and integration with the existing transportation operators was there? The article is silent on this important matter. There are always lower cost concepts possible by working with what they have already. There are many rail lines and corridors which can be enhanced. Granted, the main freight corridor is a problem, but that can be handled, and the other corridors are flexible. The main river crossing (St Lawrence River) is contingent on plans for a new Champlain Bridge replacement also depending on Federal financing. What have we heard on that? Finally, would Canadian rolling stock be used (Bombardier) or will it be imported form low cost countries?

1 Pings/Trackbacks for "Big plans laid for new LRT network across Montreal area"

Have your say:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*