There's been some stunning progress made on the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) in the South Shore. The new drone footage was taken on March 28, 2020, a few days after they were shut down, to show off exactly how much progress has been made. When completed, the new, automated rapid-transit line will connect the South and North Shores, downtown, and airport with metro-like service.\nREM construction sites along with many others across Montreal gradually reopened beginning May 11.\nWork on nearly every sector of the REM line is now ongoing. Three sites, the Sainte-Dorothée sector, the boulevard Saint-Charles crossing, and the L'Anse de l'Orme station are the next major projects.\nThe return to work will roll out in four phases. Phase three was underway on May 19 in the Bois-Franc area, the West Island, and the future Marie-Curie station.\n"Building the largest public transit project in Québec in the last 50 years – in the midst of a pandemic – is a daunting challenge!" the REM said.\n"We are monitoring the situation to safeguard the health and safety of hundreds of workers, and to ensure the REM will continue to take shape in our urban landscape."\nSince last year, the REM project has hit numerous milestones and was on-schedule as of December 2019 according to REM representatives.\nStarting at the Du Quartier worksite, the drone footage provides an excellent sense of how large-scale the South Shore REM station will be.\nIn Brossard, the service centre and a large portion of the track are already built and awaiting finishing touches.\nThe Brossard service centre will be the test site of the first REM trains. The first tests will be conducted in Fall 2020.\nThree phases of testing will rate the effectiveness of the trains in cold weather conditions and the variable temperatures of Montreal in both simulated and real-life conditions.\nREAD ALSO: Downtown Montreal Will Completely Transform For The New Reality This Summer (PHOTOS)\nThough local train service has been reduced due to the pandemic, customers in the Bois-Franc area might've noticed an interruption of train service between Bois-Franc station and Central station.\nOn May 11, the REM began major work on the Mont-Royal tunnel.\nDès le 11 mai, les travaux de modernisation du tunnel Mont-Royal débuteront, entrainant la fermeture d’un segment des lignes exo Deux-Montagnes et Mascouche. Apprenez-en davantage sur les travaux à venir: https://t.co/3BIFNtPgkJ pic.twitter.com/Yb2bqZtvBL— REM - Réseau express métropolitain (@REMgrandmtl) May 10, 2020\nSome stations around downtown Montreal will begin to take shape, along with the Canora, Mont-Royal, Bois-Franc, Côte-de-Liesse, Montpellier and Du Ruisseau stations.\nView this post on Instagram On se relève sur les chantiers du REM, alors que des centaines de travailleurs et de travailleuses sont de retour depuis lundi dernier. Voyez en image les premières activités de la reprise sur les chantiers de la Rive-Sud. #OnSeRelève☀️ #Réseauexpressmétropolitain A post shared by Réseau express métropolitain (@rem_metro) on May 17, 2020 at 10:01am PDT\nThe year 2020 is set to be huge for the progress of the most anticipated public transit project in half a century.\nStay tuned for more updates on the REM right here on MTL Blog!