Stations in this sector
The construction of the REM in the Town of Mount Royal, as well as in the boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges, Saint-Laurent and Ahuntsic-Cartierville, gained momentum in 2020 with the installation of the stations’ steel skeleton. Work in 2021 will focus on developing the stations’ exterior and interior envelopes, as well as building the Jean-Talon, Cornwall, O’Brien and Toupin railway overpasses.
Lastly, the complete transformation of the railway tracks between the future Canora and Du Ruisseau stations is progressing with the installation of rails, new anti-intrusion fences and permanent noise barriers, in preparation for the passage of the REM.
Commissioning schedule in this sector
- Central Station to Du Ruisseau: fall 2023
- Du Ruisseau to Sunnybrooke: spring 2024
Center and Airport
The REM will run in part on existing rail corridors. To ensure this high-frequency network is safe, grade crossings will be eliminated. In places where grade crossings currently exist, the road will be raised or lowered or the railway track will be elevated. (The REM will run on an elevated track above the road.)
The technology chosen for the REM is an automated metro. This type of technology is quieter than heavy trains (no whistle at station arrival or alarm at grade crossings, electric brakes, etc.).
While the REM’s rolling stock was designed to minimize noise, once the light rail is in operation, sound may be audible.
REM construction and operation are governed by a regulatory framework established by the Government of Québec. Noise modelling was performed to assess the anticipated noise that the REM in operation will generate and to determine mitigation measures that may be required, such as erection of permanent noise walls along the route.
A large number of inputs were programmed into a specialized software to produce this REM sound model, including:
- Removal of noise from Exo trains on the Deux-Montagnes line
- Addition of REM noise, taking into consideration frequency and speed, structure elevation, route curves, various operating scenarios, etc.
- Consideration of ambient noise, road traffic, topography, proximity of residential areas, etc.
On the Deux-Montagnes branch, trains will be quieter than commuter trains, but more frequent. Noise barriers will be installed on certain segments between the Canora and Deux-Montagnes stations.
Required mitigation measures will be implemented before the REM is commissioned.
By the end of 2021, all stations in the area will be erected, enclosed and well under way.
The signature REM station architecture will be easily distinguishable by the glass and wood used in each one. Patterns on the paving stone and the stations’ outer envelope will also suggest movement.
In this sector, red is used as an accent color in the tile, urban furniture and plantings around the stations, a salute to the brick buildings found in the residential neighborhoods and industrial sector. Special attention has been paid to landscape integration in residential neighborhoods by adding vegetation around the stations.