Five years in five maps: REM progress since 2016
April 22, 2016: CDPQ Infra presented the REM to the public, for the very first time. A look back at 5 years of change and progress in a project that is coming to fruition.
MAP #1 – April 2016: The REM is presented for the first time
It was indeed on April 22, 2016 that the proposed project formerly known as the "Réseau électrique métropolitain" was presented to the public. This marked the beginning of the REM planning phase, which would through 2018.
MAP #2 – November 2016: Downtown stations confirmed
On November 25, 2016, a commitment from the Caisse, the Government of Québec and the Ville de Montréal allowed confirmation of the construction of three stations: Édouard-Montpetit, connected to the metro's blue line, McGill, connected to the metro's green line, and the station previously called Bassin Peel, in the Griffintown sector.
In connecting to the three main lines of the existing metro, the REM takes on a whole new dimension. This new map showed that downtown would now have a link beneath Mount Royal, allowing users to go from the Université de Montréal campus (Édouard-Montpetit Station) to McGill University (McGill Station) in three minutes.
2016-2017: No changes to the map, but several key events
In 2016 and 2017, the REM was in the middle of the planning phase. These years were marked by meetings and discussions with the public across the entire route, and by the final confirmation of the project's financing structure.
MAP #3 – 2018: confirmation of selected consortia and groundbreaking
The word "électrique" in the project name became "express" in the new name – "Réseau express métropolitain." The map was updated. The originally proposed "Highway 13" station was removed due to estimated low ridership.
On April 12, 2018, construction was launched with a groundbreaking ceremony. Construction began on the South Shore, on the Deux-Montagnes branch and at Édouard-Montpetit.
2019: Work gets underway
In 2019, there were no changes to the map. However, construction sites started to get busy!
MAP #4 – 2020: Station names confirmed
In February 2020, the station toponymy became official. Eight stations would change their names:
- Rive-Sud Station became the Brossard Station
- Mont-Royal Station became the Ville-de-Mont-Royal Station
- Correspondance A40 Station became the Côte-de-Liesse Station
- Technoparc Station became the Marie-Curie Station
- Aéroport-Montréal-Trudeau Station became the YUL-Aéroport-Montréal-Trudeau Station
- Roxboro-Pierrefonds Station became the Pierrefonds-Roxboro Station
- Pointe-Claire Station became the Fairview-Pointe-Claire Station
- Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Station became the Anse-à-l’Orme Station
MAP #5 – 2020: Griffintown-Bernard-Landry Station unveiled
The Griffintown–Bernard-Landry Station is the final station confirmed for this project. The REM therefore officially consists of 26 stations, more than 20 of which are currently under construction.
2021: More active construction sites than ever and preparation for commissioning
Today in 2021, construction sites are active in all sectors and teams are preparing for commissioning.
As you may have noticed during the unveiling of the REM cars in the fall of 2020, some maps are now being prepared to accompany future users in the network.
A linear map will be installed in the REM cars above each door.