You Can Now Vote For The Announcement Voice On Montreal's REM & There Are 3 Options

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Montreal's REM Voice Is Up To A Public Vote

Montreal's REM (Réseau express métropolitain) has opened a public vote to determine the voice of on-board announcements along the forthcoming 67-kilometre light-rail network.

The REM lists three options on its website, each offering an example of a station, metro connection, terminus and departure announcement, along with calls to clear the doors and move into train cars.

La voix du REM - Faites votre choix!

Announcement voices are, of course, central to a transit system's brand identity and relationship to its customers.

In Montreal, the iconic voice of Michèle Deslauriers has defined the STM metro in the 21st century and become a characteristic of life in the city. Ask any metro rider and they'll be able to recite her messages and replicate her tone.

So well-known is Deslauriers' voice that the STM even featured her in a 2018 campaign to reduce customer-related service delays.

The REM will consist of three light-rail lines connecting the North and South Shores, downtown Montreal, West Island and Montreal-Trudeau airport.

The first segment, from Brossard to the Gare Centrale, is scheduled to begin service in 2022.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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