- Montreal's Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has finally unveiled its official station names.
- The announcement comes after some controversy regarding a station name in Griffintown.
- The new rapid transit network will connect the downtown, South and North Shores, and West Island.
The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has officially unveiled the names of the 25 stations that will make up Montreal's new public transit network. After a long deliberation with experts to establish the toponomy of the network, the REM decided to change only eight names from the initial tentative monikers. According to an REM spokesperson, stations that already exist will "maintain the existing names so as not to create confusion in landmarks for users."
For the new stations on the network, experts used geolocation so that "network users can quickly recognize their location." Two REM stations, McGill and Édouard-Montpetit will be named after the metro stations they intersect.
The 67-kilometre rapid-transit network is highly anticipated in Montreal and will completely change the way we travel to and from downtown Montreal, the South Shore, the North Shore, and the West Island.
The first stations on the South Shore will begin service in 2021. The company will establish service across its whole network by 2023.
According to REM's communications director Jean-Vincent Lacroix, "the REM is the most important public transit project in Montreal in the past 50 years."
The network will feature incredible innovations the likes of which Montreal has never seen before, such as automated trains. Montrealers can expect to see the first REM trains being tested in fall 2020.
The REM will also announce the final name of the controversial Basin Peel station at a joint press conference with the City of Montreal.
Members of Montreal's Irish community were outraged at the proposal to name the station after former Quebec premier Bernard Landry. Mayor Valérie Plante has defended the name but is open to whatever is decided.
The longest stretch of the REM, the Deux-Montagnes line, will see three name changes. The other stations will remain unchanged.
Roxboro-Pierrefonds is now Pierrefonds-Roxboro, A40 is now Côte-de-Liesse, Mont-Royal is now Ville-de-Mont-Royal.
Towards the South Shore, only one station will change its name while the rest remain the same. Rive-Sud station is now Brossard station.
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue route will see two name changes. Pointe-Claire station becomes Fairview-Pointe-Claire and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue station becomes L’Anse-à-l’Orme.
The two stations towards the airport will be officially named Marie-Curie station and YUL–Montréal–Trudeau Airport.
Lacroix tells MTL Blog that "the REM will change the way people will transit in the city."
For the first time since the inauguration of the metro, Montreal will experience a whole new way to travel that promises to make this city an even better place to live.
The first REM trains should be ready for testing by Fall 2020 and will be fully operational, running from the South Shore to downtown Montreal by 2021.
To check out the progress on the REM or to find out more about what's in store for Montreal, check out our previous coverage.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story!