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Four years of construction in retrospect

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On April 12, 2018, we were at the ground-breaking ceremony for the REM. Four years later, the work has progressed enormously, even if there is still a long way to go before commissioning. A retrospective in pictures of four years of construction. 

Retrospective video

Thank you to the thousands of workers who have put in more than 18 million hours in the last four years to build this major network. © NouvLR.

 

A look back at the highlights by sector

 

South Shore and Île-des-Sœurs sector

July 2018: Drilling of the first caissons for the Highway 10 elevated structure.
July 2018: Drilling of the first caissons for the Highway 10 elevated structure.
May 2019: Installation of the first NEBT beams on the South Shore.
May 2019: Installation of the first NEBT beams on the South Shore.
July 2019: Installation of the first rails on Highway 10.
July 2019: Installation of the first rails on Highway 10.
February 2020: Installation of the first box girders of the Île-des-Sœurs bridge.
February 2020: Installation of the first box girders of the Île-des-Sœurs bridge.
March 2020: Installation of the first catenary poles on the representative segment (segment for testing REM cars and systems).
March 2020: Installation of the first catenary poles on the representative segment (segment for testing REM cars and systems).
October 2020: Arrival of the first REM car. © Alstom / C. Fleury.
October 2020: Arrival of the first REM car. © Alstom / C. Fleury.
End of 2020: Start of tests on the representative segment. © Alstom / C. Fleury.
End of 2020: Start of tests on the representative segment. © Alstom / C. Fleury.
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To come: 

  • Complete electrification of the branch (South Shore to Central Station) this summer.
  • Continued dynamic testing.
  • Commissioning this fall.

 

Downtown sector

Édouard-Montpetit station

October 2018: First blastings.
October 2018: First blastings.
October 2019: Excavation of station access shaft is completed.
October 2019: Excavation of station access shaft is completed.
July 2021: End of the construction of the steel structure.
July 2021: End of the construction of the steel structure.
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See the evolution of the Édouard-Montpetit REM station in this timelapse video of the work from 2018 to 2021.

To come: 

  • Continuation and completion of formwork and concreting.
  • Continuation of construction work on the station entrance. 

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McGill Station

December 2018: Relocation and utility protection work on McGill College Avenue completed.
December 2018: Relocation and utility protection work on McGill College Avenue completed.
June 2021: Start of the umbrella method, used to demolish the double vault of the future McGill station. By drilling into the tunnel’s existing ceiling, the vault is secured and work on replacing the columns can continue underneath.
June 2021: Start of the umbrella method, used to demolish the double vault of the future McGill station. By drilling into the tunnel’s existing ceiling, the vault is secured and work on replacing the columns can continue underneath.
March 2022: Construction of the station’s steel structure.
March 2022: Construction of the station’s steel structure.
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To come:

  • Construction of the steel structure will be completed in the next few weeks. 

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Southwest sector

March 2019: Installation of the first beams of the elevated structure over the Lachine Canal.
March 2019: Installation of the first beams of the elevated structure over the Lachine Canal.
Late 2019: Archaeological work in the former Irish cemetery in Point St. Charles.
Late 2019: Archaeological work in the former Irish cemetery in Point St. Charles.
March 2022: Installation of the last rails in the Cross-Country sector.
March 2022: Installation of the last rails in the Cross-Country sector.
January 2022: Installation of the last NEBT beams of the South Shore branch. The NEBT concrete beam workshop completed its operations in the last few weeks.
January 2022: Installation of the last NEBT beams of the South Shore branch. The NEBT concrete beam workshop completed its operations in the last few weeks.
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Deux-Montagnes branch

July 2018: Ground-breaking at Canora and Mont-Royal.
July 2018: Ground-breaking at Canora and Mont-Royal.
June 2020: Installation of the first steel structure on the Deux-Montagnes branch at the Bois-Franc station.
June 2020: Installation of the first steel structure on the Deux-Montagnes branch at the Bois-Franc station.
June 2020: Start of construction of the Rivière-des-Prairies 1 bridge.
June 2020: Start of construction of the Rivière-des-Prairies 1 bridge.
January 2021: Mobilization of construction sites between Sunnybrooke and Deux-Montagnes stations.
January 2021: Mobilization of construction sites between Sunnybrooke and Deux-Montagnes stations.
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To come:

  • Continuation of work related to the railway bridges on the Rivière des Mille-Îles.
  • Progress on the interior of stations in the Saint-Laurent and Ville-de-Mont-Royal boroughs.
  • Work on the structure of stations on the North Shore. 

 

Anse-à-l’Orme branch
 

Late 2018: First caisson of the elevated structure of the Anse-à-l’Orme branch. In 2019, the pillars of the future elevated structure appeared.
Late 2018: First caisson of the elevated structure of the Anse-à-l’Orme branch. In 2019, the pillars of the future elevated structure appeared.
August 2019: Launching gantry crosses Highway 40.
August 2019: Launching gantry crosses Highway 40.
November 2021: End of construction of the West Island elevated structure with the installation of the last segment.
November 2021: End of construction of the West Island elevated structure with the installation of the last segment.
2021: Work on Fairview Pointe-Claire station is advancing!
2021: Work on Fairview Pointe-Claire station is advancing!
November 2021 and March 2022: Moving the launching gantries... on the way to the final sprint to the airport and in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro sector.
November 2021 and March 2022: Moving the launching gantries... on the way to the final sprint to the airport and in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro sector.
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To come:

  • End of foundation work at Kirkland station.
  • Start of construction of the steel structure at Des Sources station, then at Kirkland station.
  • Continued construction of the other stations and installation of the rails and systems.

 

YUL-Aéroport-Montréal-Trudeau branch
 

Fall 2019: Arrival of the tunnel boring machine in the Technoparc sector, piece by piece.
Fall 2019: Arrival of the tunnel boring machine in the Technoparc sector, piece by piece.
Early 2020: Assembly of the tunnel boring machine (TBM).
Early 2020: Assembly of the tunnel boring machine (TBM).
October 2020: Beginning of the TBM’s work. Alice is launched!
October 2020: Beginning of the TBM’s work. Alice is launched!
April 2022: Arrival below the airport runways.
April 2022: Arrival below the airport runways.
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To come:

  • Assembly of the elevated structure in the Technoparc sector.
  • Continuation of TBM operations, which should be completed by fall 2022.
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