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-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Saint-Laurent and Ahuntsic-Cartierville continued with, among other things, the installation of part of the tracks and catenaries in the area.
The Canora and Ville-de-Mont-Royal sector
Interior finishing work (painting, ceramics, etc.) will continue throughout the year, as will the landscaping work. The park slab will also be handed over to the Town of Mount Royal so that it can begin the creation of a new public square.
The Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Saint-Laurent sectors
In 2023, the teams will continue work in the area with the installation of catenaries and tracks as well as the power supply to the railway right-of-way. Landscaping and installation of street furniture will be completed at stations over the year.
Lastly, the complete transformation of the railway right-of-way will continue with the installation of the noise barrier posts.
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.