- Although the REM will still be under construction for a few years, we now have a much better idea about what it's all going to look like!
- The REM will have 26 new stations, create over 1,000 more jobs, and make the city more connected than it has ever been before!
- Read below to find out all of the REM's future plans.
Much has been written about the REM this past year. And it seems that Montreal's largest-ever public transit operation since the metro is shaping up to be quite impressive. Costing over $6 billion, the REM will become an integral element of Montreal's super-efficient public transit network.
Work on the REM began this year and the project is set to be finished by 2023. The first stations will open in 2021. A picture of efficiency, it'll only take commuters 20ish minutes to get to the airport from downtown Montreal.
The REM will also be fully integrated into three of Montreal's busiest metro lines: the Orange Line, the Green Line, and the Blue Line.
When finished, the project will create over 1,000 new jobs in the city and connect us like never before. Suburbs like the West Island and Brossard will finally have a reliable and efficient means of getting into the city.
It's hard to imagine what the REM will look like because it's currently a mess of construction right now, but luckily, the company has released a series of incredible artistic renderings.
Here's what you can expect the REM to look like once it's finished!
The REM will have 26 stations across Montreal. Each station is so far looking to be an architectural achievement. The stations will be characterized by their natural light and distinctive features such as wood and glass panelling.
Passengers can wait for their trains in a climate-controlled indoor environment. The REM has prioritized passenger comfort and safety for each of their stations.
Every station will be universally accessible, including for those who are disabled, travellers with strollers or baggage, and even space for cyclists who commute. Almost all stations will have integrated bus terminals and parking lots.
The stations will be designed to "integrate harmoniously" into their neighbourhoods. The spaces will not only serve as transit hubs but also as public gathering places for those who live nearby.
Each station will feature platforms that are separated from the track with a sliding door to maximize passenger safety and reduce delay times. The technology hopes to minimize the effects of that famous "ralentissement de service."
Some stations will be above ground and some will be underground. Expect there to be many more features and surprises with the REM stations, including local shops and huge green spaces.
Many of the stations are slowly beginning to take shape! Look out for the first ones in the South Shore in 2021.
Ride The Rails
While you'll enjoy the modern and innovative stations, you'll actually be spending most of your time in the REM trains. The network is based on the Alstom Metropolis system, which is used in cities such as Shanghai, Paris, and Dubai.
The trains are specially customized to be able to handle Montreal's harsh winters. The REM will be fully automated meaning that there will be no drivers.
Because of that, passengers will have a full range of vision from the front and the back of the trains. Needless to say, the front of the train will be a popular Instagram spot, especially when it spans the Champlain Bridge.
212 train cars will be commissioned for Montreal. The trains can reach a maximum speed of 100km/hour. The network will be 100% electric.
It's What's Inside That Counts
As we mentioned, the REM trains will have many innovative features.
Along with being fully electric, the trains will also be climate controlled throughout the year and will include free, unlimited Wi-Fi. Designers claim that the trains will have "some of the best climactic features in the world."
With a theoretical capacity of 600 passengers and a maximum capacity of 780, the trains will be spacious and comfortable. The trains will have 128 seats.
According to the plans, the trains will have an arrival frequency of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. During rush hour, 1 minute and 30 seconds. The REM will be able to increase the frequency and capacity of the trains as the years go by without needing to build new infrastructure.
Though many people are concerned about the REM's winter capabilities, the company assures us that every train will be rigorously tested to meet the standard. There will also be a dedicated winter action team 24/7 - just in case anything goes wrong.
Are you excited about the REM? You know we are!
The first lines are set to open by 2021. The REM is set to be completed by 2023.
To find out more, please visit the REM's official website.