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The REM arrives in downtown Montréal and will be connected to the three metro lines (orange, green and blue). Here are the information to better understand about work being carried out in your area.

Work

Édouard-Montpetit station

The REM's Édouard-Montpetit station will be located in front of the Pavillon Marie-Victorin (Université de Montréal). The station platforms will be 70 metres (approximately 20 storeys) beneath ground level, making it the second deepest station in North America. Construction works has started on July 23, 2018. This will require digging rock and building the entire infrastructure for the station. Work will continue until 2022.

Below is the schedule for the coming months:

  • From August to the end of September, the current metro entrance will be demolished and drilling will take place.
  • From the end of September, drilling work will continue and controlled blasting will begin, in order to start excavating the station. The debris will be loaded into trucks and removed from the site.

 

McGill station

The McGill station wil be located beneath McGill College Avenue in the very heart of downtown, and will feature access to the Montréal metro’s green line and Montréal’s extensive underground shopping and restaurant district (RÉSO). It will also be connected to Centre Eaton and Place Montréal Trust. Preparatory work will start this fall on McGill College avenue, between Sainte-Catherine Street West and Maisonneuve Street West.

 

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Construction activities

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Construction activities
As of July 23, 2018

Construction of REM station Édouard-Montpetit

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Road
Starting on August 23, for approximately 5 weeks

Rehabilitation work under the southern railway overpass

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Public meetings

Neighbourhood committee

The REM project office, in collaboration with NouvLR—the consortium responsible for building the REM—and the Ville de Montréal, wishes to set up a neighbourhood committee composed of representatives of the local community, including people who live near the work site. The purpose of the committee is to make sure that the community is properly informed of upcoming work, and to discuss the mitigation measures to be implemented collaboratively.

  • Start: September 2018

  • Duration: 2 hours

  • Dates: on a weekday evening

  • Frequency: every 4 to 6 weeks, during the construction work

The call for applications for the Édouard-Montpetit committee is now closed. The first meeting will take place in September. All documentation presented during this committee will be published on our website.

Video: Start of the work at the Édouard-Montpetit station

Some explanations on this unusual work. It will be necessary to dig 70 meters deep, the equivalent of 20 floors, to reach the tunnel under Mount Royal. This will make it the second-deepest station in North America after Washington Park in Portland.

FAQ

Downtown Montréal

We need to define the location with the City of Montréal. This station is important for Montréal’s downtown neighbourhoods and the development projects that are under way. Because the profile of the route has changed and the station will now be an elevated, its plans require specialized consultation. Refer to the interactive map of the network to see the REM route in this sector.

Yes. The REM installation will entail platform and metro access changes, as well as renovations to provide universal access.

In addition to Central Station's current access to the metro, a new quick and direct connection to Place Bonaventure will be built for easier access from the REM station to Bonaventure Station. It will be universally accessible and equipped with elevators.

 

The work will generate noise, vibrations and dust. The sidewalk will be closed in front of Pavillon Marie-Victorin, but no road closures are planned.

We are aware of the inconveniences that construction work can generate in a residential zone and near education and infant care institutions. All appropriate measures will be put in place to minimize impact on surrounding residents, including the use of acoustic screens and of a sprayer (fine droplets of water) to keep dust down, and a close monitoring of noise, air quality and vibrations.

For more information about the REM, read our FAQ. If you have a specific question about the REM construction in your area, email or call us.

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