The new station will be located in the same spot as the current metro entrance, in front of Université de Montréal’s Pavillon Marie-Victorin. The underground station will be 70 metres (20 storeys) below ground, making it the second deepest in North America.
Construction work on this REM station began July 23, 2018. It requires digging rock and building the entire infrastructure for the station. The work will be ongoing until 2022.
Beginning in fall 2018, work will be carried out according to the following schedule:
- Controlled blasting began on October 22. As of November 5, blasting will be done twice a day, around 7 am and 7 pm (schedules subject to change as a result of unforeseen circumstances at the site).
- Drilling will be done to prepare the site prior to each blast, and the excavated material will be removed by trucks.
- Evening and night work will also begin in early November.
McGill station will be beneath McGill College Avenue in the very heart of downtown, and will offer access to Montréal’s green metro line and its extensive underground shopping and restaurant network (RÉSO). It will also be connected to the Montréal Eaton Centre and Place Montréal Trust.
Preparatory work for the construction of this station on McGill College Avenue, between Sainte-Catherine Street West and Maisonneuve Boulevard West, began in fall 2018. That work consists of relocating public utilities. Occasional work is also done on Maisonneuve Boulevard West between Robert-Bourassa Boulevard and McGill College Avenue. Other work phases will begin in 2019 in view of the planned commissioning in 2022.
Lachine Canal area
The REM route will pass over the Lachine Canal, requiring the construction of an elevated structure in that area.
The first phase of work will begin in November and continue until fall 2019. The work schedule is as follows:
- Late October to late November 2018: Construction of two jetties linking the north and south banks of the Lachine Canal between the central island where the swing bridge is located.
- Late November 2018 to mid-February 2019: Beginning of construction of the three pillars.
- Mid-February to fall 2019: Installation of beams and deck (slabs) of the elevated structure. Dismantling of the jetties once the work is finished.
A segment of the Lachine Canal path on the north bank will have to be closed from late October to the end of December 2018, and a detour will be set up. Afterwards, there will be temporary closures to move equipment until April 2019.
Branch removal and tree and shrub cutting will also take place near the Lachine Canal’s Peel and Wellington basins.
In this sector, the REM route along Marc-Cantin Street will be aerial.
Until summer 2019, the following work will be carried out:
- Relocation of public utilities
- Excavation for the expansion and rerouting of Marc-Cantin Street, to the east of Fernand‑Séguin Street
- Brush clearing and cutting of trees and shrubs along Marc-Cantin Street and north of Fernand-Séguin Street
- Installation of piles by drilling
- Installation of caissons for the elevated structure’s pillars
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.
Visit our Events page to access all committees' minutes.
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.
In February 2018, the REM route in the Griffintown and Pointe-Saint-Charles sectors was changed. The station will now be aerial (view the interactive map). This is an important station for Montréal’s downtown neighbourhoods and for the development projects that are happening in the area. We are currently finalizing the technical studies and will confirm the station location in consultation with the Ville de Montréal in 2019.
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.