Episode 1: Connecting with the past, building the future
Jean-Philippe Pelletier (REM project office), Thomas Fortin (NouvLR consortium), Marie-Hélène Asselin and Bilal Ibrahim (Polytechnique students) explore the Édouard-Montpetit construction site. This highly complex project entails digging 70 metres below ground to connect the REM to the train tunnel under Mount Royal, which was built over a century ago, in 1918. The project is realizing the original metro plan presented by Jean Drapeau in 1961 and is partially based on the initial plans for the Édouard-Montpetit station in 1983.
Episode 2: Access for all
One of the REM’s unique features is that the 26 stations will all offer universal access and be equipped with elevators. Beyond the stations, it was therefore important to also design rail cars accessible to everyone: users with functional limitations (motor or visual), families with strollers, travellers with suitcases, and so on. We developed a life-sized mode and tested it with people with reduced mobility so as to adapt specific elements and ensure access to everyone.
Episode 3: Origins
The REM's route follows part of the metro plan orginally proposed in 1961. At the time, three metro lines were planned: orange, green...and red that was supposed to run through Mount Royal. Finally, that line will become a reality–60 years later!