South Shore: work will intensify beginning this spring
- REM structure will begin to be visible this spring
- Work at Panama continues
- Work begins in the central portion of the highway, leading to permanent closure of the Chevrier Tunnel on April 22
Réseau express métropolitain (REM) work that began in 2018 will pick up speed on the South Shore, in preparation for commissioning by 2021. Several major construction sites to follow.
The REM structure becomes visible
Construction of the REM's elevated structure began in 2018; soon 15 pillars will be completed. The first beams for the REM's elevated structure on the South Shore will be installed toward the end of this spring, at the intersection of Highways 10 and 30. Construction of the structure deck is scheduled for the summer of 2019.
As early as this spring, the skeleton of the Rive-Sud Station and its maintenance centre, as well as the skeleton of the Du Quartier Station, will begin to take shape along Highway 10.
Construction of the elevated structure will continue under the Highway 10 overpasses on Malo Avenue and Leduc Boulevard.
Work continues on the Panama bus terminal
Work on the Panama bus terminal began in 2018 with the construction of a temporary terminal and parking lot; these new infrastructures will be available this summer. The temporary infrastructures will free up the work area needed to construct the REM's permanent infrastructures. Work will be carried out in various stages through 2021, in an effort to minimize impact on users while the new network is built.
The Panama parking will be reconfigured as follows:
- Current situation: approximately 1200 available parking spaces
- Starting April 15 *: 50 parking spaces will be closed
- End of summer 2019: 80 parking spaces will be reopened
- Situation at the end of summer 2019: approximately 1230 parking spaces available
For more information, consult the January 31 public information presentation, which details the primary REM construction sites to watch out for this spring.
Reserved bus lanes maintained in the Highway 10 corridor
Eventually, the REM will run down the middle of Highway 10, where the reserved bus lanes are currently located. Beginning in the spring of 2019, work will begin in this central portion of the highway, which will lead to permanent closure of the Chevrier Tunnel on April 22*.
With closure of the Chevrier Tunnel, just as will be the case throughout the entire project, a reserved bus lane will be maintained in dense traffic areas, moving to accommodate each work phase, in order to ensure efficient service is provided to public transit users in both directions. Maintaining reserved bus lanes will limit the impact on journey lines for public transit users.
Planning for the new bus traffic lanes is carried out in close collaboration with a number of partners, including municipal authorities, transportation authorities and Signature on the Saint Lawrence.
Public transit users will be notified of these changes beforehand; detailed information on route changes is available here:
- Réseau de transport de Longueuil: rtl-longueuil.qc.ca/en-CA/customer-service/network-info
- Exo: exo.quebec/en/customer-service/rem
Stay informed and follow work progress
About the REM
The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) is a new, 67-km integrated public transit network that will feature 26 stations and link downtown Montreal, universities, South Shore, West Island, North Shore and Montréal Trudeau airport through a fully automated electric light rail system. Offering high-frequency service, the REM will be in service seven days per week, 20 hours per day, and will be connected to three main Montréal metro lines.
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