As construction of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) progresses at a steady pace across the Island of Montreal, South and North Shores, the company has been very transparent with the public at all stages of the operation. Ahead of the expected completion of the network in 2023, the company is always updating us on the highly-anticipated metro line, providing photos, videos, and progress reports almost monthly.
We're all excited for the future of Montreal's public transit and we're even more excited to ride the REM once it's finished!
It might not seem worth it with all the construction downtown, the West Island, and the South Shore, but remember what your mother said about patience being a virtue?
The REM network will give unprecedented access to downtown Montreal for West Island, North Shore, and South Shore residents.
Service will be available 20 hours a day and it will only take 20 minutes to get to the airport from downtown Montreal.
Jean-Vincent Lacroix, Communications Director at REM, tells MTL Blog that "there's never been direct access through Mont-Royal, you've always had to go all the way around.
People living in Outremont, Aunthsic, Villeray, in the heart of Montreal will have access to downtown like never before."
If you've been wondering what this is all going to look like in 2023, here's a little sneak preview!
Thanks to REM's policy of keeping everyone informed and included in the construction process, we're blessed to have a ton of video footage available for us.
Through a series of drone footage and renderings, we're able to get a good idea of what the REM will look like in 2023.
For instance, here's everything you need to know about what's going on around McGill right now. Maybe this will calm your nerves?
South Shore residents are also going through their own personal traffic crisis thanks to REM construction but trust us, it'll all be worth it!
Luckily for you South Shore kids, you'll see the first trains rolling out as early as 2020.
Lacroix tells us that "our goal is to make sure that next year, the section including Rive-Sud and Du Quartier stations will be ready by fall 2020 for our representative [testing] segment."