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This space contains the latest information about work on the REM for the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines (updated: February 2019).

Work schedule

The REM will gradually replace the Deux-Montagnes line in 2022 and 2023.

The work involves replacing the train with an automated light rail transit system. The tracks and power supply will be changed over 30 km, 12 enclosed stations will be built and 3 connections will be added to the McGill and Édouard-Montpetit stations and the Mascouche line. Existing infrastructure such as the tunnel under Mount Royal and the railway bridges will also be renovated and modernized.

⚠ In progress: Beginning of construction of McGill, Édouard-Montpetit, Canora and Mont-Royal stations and of the Saint-Eustache maintenance centre. There is currently no service on Friday nights and weekends on the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines.

Upcoming work:

  • March 25, 2019: Update of schedules for the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines (more information)
  • May 21, 2019: Implementation of a shared platform for the Canora and Mont-Royal stations (more information)
  • January 2020 to early 2022: Closure of the Central Station Centrale–Du Ruisseau segment – the Deux-Montagnes line stops at Bois-Franc, while the Mascouche line stops at Ahuntsic
  • Mid-2021 to end 2023: Complete closure of the Deux-Montagnes line
  • Early 2022: Commissioning of the REM at Du Ruisseau
  • End 2023: Commissioning of the REM at Deux-Montagnes
Model of a station on the Deux-Montagnes line
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Transitional public transit network

The ARTM, Mobility Montréal and transit authorities are working together to set up a transitory network during the work period. Bus shuttles with preferential measures will be set up and local lines will be improved starting in January 2020 and mid-2021.

  • Deux-Montagnes line: The transitional network provides service to the Côte-Vertu metro station (orange line). Many preferential measures for buses will be implemented (for example A640, A13, others are still under study): reserved lanes, priority traffic lights, coordinated schedule, high frequency.
  • Mascouche line: The transitional network provides service to the Radisson metro station (green line) with the implementation of preferential measures for buses, for example on A25 and Route 138.

These transitional measures are designed to bypass the East branch of the orange metro line (Montmorency–Berri-UQAM) in order to avoid overloading it.

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Early 2020: Closing of the Mont-Royal tunnel (train service interruption at Bois-Franc)

  • Enhancement of existing bus service to the blue and orange lines
  • Creation of bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc. under study) between the stations and certain metro stations

Early 2022: Commissioning of the REM

Download the summary in PDF

Early 2020: Closing of the Mont-Royal tunnel (train service interruption at Bois-Franc)

  • Enhancement of existing bus service
  • Creation of bus shuttles with preferential measures between the stations and Côte-Vertu metro station
  • Bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc. confirmed) from the Bois-Franc station to the Côte-Vertu metro station

Early 2022: Commissioning of the REM from Du Ruisseau (Bois-Franc in 2023)

Download the summary in PDF

Early 2020: Closing of the Mont-Royal tunnel (train service interruption at Bois-Franc)

  • Rail shuttles maintained to the Bois-Franc station, then bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc. confirmed) to the Côte-Vertu metro station
  • Bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc. under study) directly to the Côte-Vertu metro station 

Mid-2021: Closing of the Deux-Montagnes line north section (complete interruption)

  • Bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc. under study) directly to the Côte-Vertu station, then to the Du Ruisseau REM station in 2022

End 2023: Commissioning of the REM

Download the summary in PDF

Early 2020: Closing of the Mont-Royal tunnel (train service interruption at Bois-Franc)

  • Rail shuttles maintained to the Bois-Franc station, then bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc. confirmed) to the Côte-Vertu metro station 

Mid-2021: Closing of the Deux-Montagnes line north section (complete interruption)

  • Bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc. under study) directly to the Côte-Vertu station, then to the Du Ruisseau REM station in 2022

End 2023: Commissioning of the REM

Download the summary in PDF

Early 2020: Closing of the Mont-Royal tunnel (train service interruption at Ahuntsic)

  • Maintenance of train service for users whose destination is between the Mascouche and Ahuntsic stations
  • Enhancement of existing service at stations on the Island of Montréal to the green line
  • Bus shuttles with preferential measures (reserved lane, priority traffic lights, etc.) between the Mascouche, Terrebonne and Repentigny stations to the Radisson station on the green line

Early 2022: Commissioning of the REM

Download the summary in PDF

Note: bus schedules, stops and lines require a significant coordination between the transit organizations and will be definitive by the fall of 2019.

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Plan your commute

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FAQ

REM in service

Departure frequency. The REM will operate 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, with departures every 2 min 30 during peak hours and every 5 min in off-peak hours between Gare Centrale and Bois-Franc. Between Bois-Franc and Deux-Montagnes, trains will depart every 5 min during peak hours and every 15 min in off-peak hours.

Capacity. The capacity on the Deux-Montagnes line will increase significantly. For example, during morning peak hours between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., the REM will serve 42,100 people (compared to 17,100 currently).

New connections. The REM will connect to Montréal’s three existing metro lines: blue (Édouard-Montpetit), green (McGill) and orange (Bonaventure). You will also be able to get to the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, Technoparc Montréal on the South Shore and the West Island.

Different cars. REM trains are not commuter trains; their cars are more like metro cars from a technological standpoint. REM cars are smaller but will run much more frequently, which explains the significant increase in capacity. The space will be designed for smooth passenger flow at transfer station entrances and exits (poles, bars, wider spaces). Cars will be heated, air conditioned and connected to the wi-fi.

Equipped stations. REM stations will be enclosed, covered, climate controlled and sheltered from the elements. You will  wait for the REM on a platform separated from the tracks by an automated screen door system (it will no longer be possible to drop objects on or to cross the track; safety and reliability will thus be improved). All stations will have elevators and be accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

The arrival of the REM means that users of the Mascouche line will have to transfer at the "Correspondance A40" brand-new station, located just past Ahuntsic train station. This station will be expressly designed to ensure smooth transfer of users between the Mascouche line and the REM :

  • Station equipment will optimize traffic: wide corridors, elevators, shared platform (see the preliminary rending)
  • As soon as you leave the commuter train, you will walk on a covered platform, then enter a closed station, sheltered from inclement weather
  • The high frequency of the REM (2.5 minutes during rush hour) will mean fast boarding for users and reduced waiting times

Once aboard the REM, allow 6 minutes to Édouard-Montpetit (blue line), 9 minutes to McGill (green line), 10 minutes to Bonaventure-Gare Centrale (orange line) and 15 minutes to Montréal-Trudeau airport.

The Deux-Montagnes line is the busiest in the exo train network, with 30,000 trips daily. It would have required major investment to be able to meet demand satisfactorily. The advent of the REM provided an opportunity to change the line to an automated light-rail system.

The new technology will make it possible to substantially increase train frequency, and thus total capacity: at peak hours, 2.5 times the number of passengers will be able to travelThe REM was designed to handle traffic effectively for many decades to  come. The route will also include 3 direct connections with the Montréal métro system. Commuters will have greater flexibility, since they will no longer be obliged to transfer via Central Station:

Deux-Montagnes to Édouard-Montpetit: 29 min.
Deux-Montagnes to McGill: 32 min.
Deux-Montagnes to Central Station: 33 min.

Bois-Franc to Édouard-Montpetit: 12 min.
Bois-Franc to McGill: 15 min.
Bois-Franc to Central Station: 16 min.

Yes, the capacity of the Deux-Montagnes line will be much higher.

REM cars are smaller than MR-90 cars, but run much more frequently due to the high frequency of the light rail metro line. Thus, the REM provides a higher capacity per hour and per day.

For example, during the morning peak period (from 6 to 9 a.m.):

With the REM
Maximum capacity of a metro: 780 passengers
Number of departures from 6 to 9 a.m. : 54 departures (36 at Deux-Montagnes, 18 at Bois-Franc coming from the airport)
780 x 54 = 42,120 passengers

With a MR-90 train
Maximum capacity of a train: 1,900 passengers
Number of departures from 6 to 9 a.m.: 9 departures (6 at Deux-Montagnes, 2 at Roxboro-Pierrefonds, 1 at Bois-Franc)
1,900 x 9 = 17,100 passagers

To learn more, read our article: The REM, seating and capacity

Alternative measures

There are several reasons for the recent service disruptions on the Deux-Montages line.

Since June 25, 2018, REM work has required exo to operate the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche trains on a single track on a stretch of about 3 km between Montpellier station and the Mont-Royal tunnel. A double track allows trains to pass each other and contributes to smooth operational flow.

Operating on a single track gives exo less leeway in the event of a prolonged incident. Here is an example of the domino effect of a single track:

Medical intervention on July 13, 2018

  • 3:35 p.m.: a passenger on train 939 heading to Deux-Montagnes collapses.
  • 3:37 p.m.: the train has to stop on the single track. An exo inspector begins CPR to resuscitate the passenger.
  • 3:38 p.m.: the departure of train 941 to Deux-Montagnes is delayed.
  • 3:55 p.m.: emergency services arrive at the scene.
  • 4:15 p.m.: emergency services leave the scene. Train 939 can resume operation after being stopped for 39 minutes.
  • 4:50 p.m.: the departure of train 945 to Deux-Montagnes is delayed.
  • The departures of trains 947, 949, 951, 953 and 957 to Deux-Montagnes are also delayed.  Train 946 (to Gare Centrale) is cancelled.
  • Between 3:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., 15 trains left Gare Centrale for Deux-Montagnes. Of these 15 departures, 8 were delayed because the times where they could pass another train on a double track train no longer matched. As a result, that day the order of train traffic had to be changed.
  • Some trains on the Mascouche line were also affected.

As well, the rail cars on the Deux-Montagnes line, the MR-90, have passed over half of their useful life and are not running optimally due to their advanced age. A mechanical and electrical upgrade of the MR-90 cars has begun. However,  since the rolling stock is used to maximum capacity, the crews can only remove a limited number of cars at a time from service to perform the work. As a result, cars that need repairs must be kept in service. Equipment breakdown is one of the reasons for service disruptions.

Planning has evolved and significant constraints have been identified despite our wish to minimize impacts.

Over the past few months, many meetings between the technical teams of REM, exo and NouvLR (joint venture responsible for engineering and construction) were held to examine issues arising out of maintaining traffic while construction was carried out. It became clear that at a certain point in the progress of the work, the nature of the operations would require complete closure of a section of track in order to guarantee the safety of both passengers and construction workers.

The transitional network is managed by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) working closely with transit companies. In the summer of 2018, a committee of users of the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines was created by the Trajectoire Québec organization to hear users’ concerns and maintain constructive dialogue.

In parallel, together with the ARTM we have organized an ideas forum bringing together 125 public transit users, mobility experts and major employers. The aim is to identify ideas that complement the public transit measures and help users save time in their daily commute. We intend to work with downtown employers on initiatives to be launched shortly.

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