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Documentary series

The REM is Québec’s largest public transit project in 50 years and since the construction of the Montréal metro. For a behind-the-scenes look, check out our documentary series.

Episode 1: Connecting with the past, building the future

Engineers Jean-Philippe Pelletier (REM) and Thomas Fortin (NouvLR) explore the Édouard-Montpetit construction site with Polytechnique students. 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.

Find out more: 100 Years of History: Secrets of the Mount Royal Tunnel

Episode 2: Access for all

Beyond the stations, it is important to also design rail cars accessible to everyone: users with functional limitations (motor or visual), families with strollers, travellers with suitcases... We developed a life-sized mode and tested it with people with reduced mobility.

Find out more: Discover the REM's cars

Episode 3: Origins

The REM's route follows part of the metro plan orginally proposed by Jean Drapeau 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!

Episode 4 : The Irish Cemetery

In November 2019, archaeologists found bones at a REM work site, confirming the existence of an Irish cemetery at Pointe-Saint-Charles dating from 1847.

Find out more : Archaeological discoveries in Pointe-Saint-Charles

Episode 5: A light metro that reflects the city 

Xavier Allard (Director, Design Department - Alstom) and Sarah Demers-Naurais (Graphic Designer - REM) discuss the design of the REM cars. With the ambition to make this car a possible icon of Greater Montréal, they  worked on making a design that will enhance the experience of all users.

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