There's been some stunning progress made on the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) in the South Shore. The new drone footage was taken on March 28, 2020, a few days after they were shut down, to show off exactly how much progress has been made. When completed, the new, automated rapid-transit line will connect the South and North Shores, downtown, and airport with metro-like service.

REM construction sites along with many others across Montreal gradually reopened beginning May 11.

Work on nearly every sector of the REM line is now ongoing. Three sites, the Sainte-Dorothée sector, the boulevard Saint-Charles crossing, and the L'Anse de l'Orme station are the next major projects. 

The return to work will roll out in four phases. Phase three was underway on May 19 in the Bois-Franc area, the West Island, and the future Marie-Curie station. 

"Building the largest public transit project in Québec in the last 50 years – in the midst of a pandemic – is a daunting challenge!" the REM said.

"We are monitoring the situation to safeguard the health and safety of hundreds of workers, and to ensure the REM will continue to take shape in our urban landscape." 

Since last year, the REM project has hit numerous milestones and was on-schedule as of December 2019 according to REM representatives. 

Starting at the Du Quartier worksite, the drone footage provides an excellent sense of how large-scale the South Shore REM station will be. 

In Brossard, the service centre and a large portion of the track are already built and awaiting finishing touches. 

The Brossard service centre will be the test site of the first REM trains. The first tests will be conducted in Fall 2020. 

Three phases of testing will rate the effectiveness of the trains in cold weather conditions and the variable temperatures of Montreal in both simulated and real-life conditions. 


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Though local train service has been reduced due to the pandemic, customers in the Bois-Franc area might've noticed an interruption of train service between Bois-Franc station and Central station. 

On May 11, the REM began major work on the Mont-Royal tunnel.

Some stations around downtown Montreal will begin to take shape, along with the Canora, Mont-Royal, Bois-Franc, Côte-de-Liesse, Montpellier and Du Ruisseau stations.

The year 2020 is set to be huge for the progress of the most anticipated public transit project in half a century. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the REM right here on MTL Blog!

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