On this episode of First Up, host Alex Melki gives you a walking tour of the all-new REM train cars. The REM is being built from the West Island of Montreal, through the downtown core, into Brossard and Deux-Montagnes, Quebec.
Construction is set to be completed sometime in 2022.
An investment of $885 million is earmarked for a huge three-year plan called the "Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023." This action plan will "prioritize measures that promote the increase and diversification of the supply of sustainable, integrated, affordable and accessible transport, being at the heart of green and inclusive economic recovery," according to a press release.
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In addition to nearly 1,000 paid reserved parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Montreal by 2025, the city will focus its efforts on "decarbonization solutions for public transport, individual transport, shared mobility and freight transport."
Most notably, the city will support the STM's plans to electrify its bus fleet and garages. Funding will also include investments for the blue line extension.
The plan will also add more than 2,100 electric BIXI bikes across all 19 boroughs.
"I am extremely proud of this new strategy, which proves once again to Montrealers that the environment is an issue that is dear to us and that we are taking concrete steps to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
Five proposed or underway rail projects are set to transform Montreal's metro map from Pointe-aux-Trembles to the West Island.
The interactive map below shows what it could all look like if all extensions and new lines were completed as they're currently proposed.
Click on the little arrow icon in the top left of the map to view the menu and toggle between individual transit projects.
Note that all routes are approximate. Moreover, because the REM de l'Est, tram to Lachine and western extension of the orange line are either still in their early planning stages or just preliminary proposals, their courses on this map do not represent finalized concepts.
Rather, they're meant to give you a general idea of the neighbourhoods they're intended to serve.
The REM de l'Est is still undergoing consultation and there's debate about what course it should take. The route on this map is roughly based on a map that can be found online.
In January 2021, the borough of Lachine released a number of route proposals for the tram that would link it to the Sud-Ouest. This map's pink line is just one such proposal.
The City of Montreal began advocating for this two-station extension of the orange line to Bois-Franc in February 2020.