As you've all probably heard by now, Montreal is getting a new speedy light rail network in the coming years. The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) will significantly improve getting around the city, adding 67km of tracks around Montreal and 26 new train stations. Construction is already underway in some parts of the city, with the major construction beginning in 2020.
Unfortunately, there's bad news ahead for many Montrealers. Starting as early as January 2020, commuters will experience up to 45 minutes of delays on nearly every major train line in the city. Yikes!
TL;DR With the ongoing construction of the REM train service, expect up to 45 mins of delays on every train line in Montreal starting as early as January 2020.
The Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche train lines will be most affected, with expected delays of up to 45 minutes. As the construction continues throughout 2020, four stations on Deux-Montagnes will close for up to two years.
The pain won't end there, sometime in 2021, the Deux-Montagnes line will be completely shut down until 2023. Residents coming from the North-West of the city will have to plan accordingly in the coming months.
The REM train service will provide the city of Montreal with better accessibility and public transit, to be sure, but don't expect it to happen overnight.
Transit officials are brainstorming solutions to the coming delays, such as shuttle buses, reserved bus lanes, and rerouting some streets, but commuters will be expected to try their best and make their own way.
The city is thinking of extending bus service and metro times to better accommodate people that will be affected by the coming delays.
The government has earmarked $192 million dollars on transit measures, full details will be announced in the coming months.
Stay tuned for more updates as this story develops.