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6 ground-level stations : Canora, Ville-de-Mont-Royal, Côte-de-Liesse, Montpellier, Du Ruisseau and Bois-Franc stations
You’ll be able to recognize the REM stations by the presence of glass, wood and patterns on the paving stone and the outer envelope suggesting movement. The stations are also equipped with elevators and guidance paths to ensure the network’s universal accessibility.
In the Downtown sector, the colour red is used in accent on the ceramic walls, floors and plantings around the stations, in reference to the brick found in residential neighbourhoods and the industrial sector. Special attention has been paid to landscape integration in residential neighbourhoods by adding vegetation around the stations.
Located in the Saint-Laurent sector, the Bois-Franc station stands out by its strategic location at the center of the REM network. It is the last station before the separation of the REM into three antennas (Airport, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Deux-Montagnes).
Work in progress
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.
Marie-Curie and YUL-Aéroport-Montréal-Trudeau stations
Between the Technoparc and Montréal-Trudeau Airport, the REM route will be underground to protect the sector’s wetlands and to pass under the airport runways.
In the Airport sector, at the forefront of innovation, the flagship colour of the stations is silver grey, which is used on the ceramic walls and floors of the stations, as well as the furniture and plantings around the entrance.
This station will be located in the heart of the Technoparc science and technology park in the Saint-Laurent sector.
Work in progress
In the Technoparc sector, construction of the elevated structure along Alfred-Nobel Boulevard is underway.
In addition, drilling of the tunnel that will connect Marie-Curie and YUL-Aéroport-Montréal-Trudeau stations began in October 2020. The 3.5-km-long and over 30-metre-deep tunnel is being drilled using an impressive tunnel boring machine nicknamed Alice, capable of both digging through rock and assembling the tunnel.
Center and Airport
The work will generate noise, vibrations and dust. Dunkirk Road will be closed to traffic near the site’s logistics zone, between Jean-Talon Road West and Kirkfield Avenue. Kirkfield Avenue will remain open to local traffic to allow continued access to the L’Ombrière.ca store.
We are aware of the inconvenience that this work may create close to educational institutions and in the heart of a residential area. All the necessary measures will be put in place to mitigate the impact on residents, including the installation of acoustic screens, the use of mist cannons to reduce dust at ground level and a close follow-up study of sound levels, air quality and vibrations.
For the commissioning phase of the project, we intend to maintain current sound levels and will take the necessary steps to keep noise impact to a minimum during the operations.
NouvLR, the consortium in charge of REM construction, is currently taking sound measurements all along the network in order to refine the models. Now that the consortiums for the construction and the rolling stock have been selected, we know which type of vehicle will be used and have a better understanding of how sound will travel in the REM’s right of way. The models being developed will serve to determine the mitigation measures to be put in place.
When assessing the noise impact of the REM, we must bear in mind the following:
- The REM is a light rail transit system (LRT), which makes REM trains quieter than conventional trains.
- REM trains will run more frequently but will have much shorter train sets (numbers of cars), meaning that it will take less time for them to pass by the area.
- REM train cars will have quieter braking systems.
- Mascouche line trains (which are louder than REM trains) will no longer travel past Mont-Royal station.
- REM cars will be modern and quieter.
- Because of the new A40 station, REM cars will travel through the area at a slower speed.
It is important to note that with the REM, a number of sources of railway noise will be reduced, particularly noise resulting from engine propulsion, aeration/cooling fans and the rubbing and squealing of the wheels on the tracks. Other sources of noise will be eliminated entirely, including disc brake rubbing, whistling on arrival at the station, and grade crossing alarms.
Possibly, it is too soon to confirm. Generally, the bus networks in various municipalities will be revised to optimize feeder service to REM’s stations. This cooperation with transit companies, including STM, will continue throughout the project to ensure optimal feeder service as soon as REM starts up.
The REM will pass every 10 to 15 minutes on the airport branch. From Central Station to the airport, it will take from 18 to 20 minutes with the REM express shuttles, which will be available during peak hours of the airport.
The REM will run in part on existing rail corridors. For safety reasons, level crossings will be eliminated. In places where level 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).