CDPQ Infra, the infrastructure subsidiary of subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, has announced the official launch of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), the largest public transportation network in Greater Montréal in 50 years: .
“Today we can confirm that construction of the Réseau express métropolitain will begin in April. The REM is now a reality,” stated Michael Sabia, president/CEO of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in a media release.
Less than two years after the 67-km fully-automated light rail network project was announced, construction begins this Spring with initial testing at the end of 2020 and the first riders in the summer of 2021.
In the fall of 2016 two teams qualified to bid on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the massive infrastructure project: Groupe NouvLR (SNC-Lavalin, Dragados, Aecon, Pomerleau, EBC and AECOM) and Kiewit-Eurovia (Kiewit, Eurovia, WSP and Parsons).
The winning group was Groupe NouvLR:
- SNC Lavalin Grands Projets Inc.
- Dragados Canada Inc.
- Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée
- Pomerleau Inc.
- EBC Inc.
- SNC Lavalin Inc.
- Aecom Consultants Inc.
The provision of rolling stock and systems and operation and maintenance (RSSOM) contract belongs to Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM):
- Alstom Transport Canada Inc.
- SNC-Lavalin O&M Inc.
The two selected consortia will harmonize their proposals to finalize the details of the schedule.