Preparatory work started in the spring along the Deux-Montagnes lines and required service interruptions on Friday nights and weekends (starting April 27, 2018). Work in 2018 and 2019 will mainly consist of the construction of new covered stations between Gare Centrale and Du Ruisseau.
Geotechnical surveys as well as locating and relocating public and municipal services will happen along the track in order to obtain essential data for designing installations and REM stations on the North Shore.
A temporary garage for exo trains in Saint-Eustache will be built so that exo’s permanent maintenance centre can be converted to make it compatible with REM cars. Due to its location, this work is not likely to have an impact.
Construction of stations in Laval and Deux-Montagnes will only start in 2022.
Video: The work on the Deux-Montagnes line
The REM's work represent a major challenge in keeping the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines in service until January 2020. We present the work in progress and the long-terme work schedule.
All stations of the current Deux-Montagnes line will be served by the REM. Édouard-Montpetit (blue line) and McGill (green line) stations are added to the existing line, favoring connection with the metro. Of course, the REM will also connect you to Montréal-Trudeau Airport, Technoparc Montréal, the South Shore and parts of the West Island.
No pedestrian traffic is planned for the Roger-Lemoine woodland nature reserve. Users will access the station by way of the existing streets.
Yes, we will develop the infrastructure permitting the construction of a bike lane on the REM bridge linking île Bigras to the island of Montreal. It will then be the role of the municipalities (Ville de Laval and Ville de Montréal) to build the bike lane.
New infrastructure will be built for the REM route and our teams are still analyzing whether the existing bridges will be dismantled or maintained, and what use will be made of them.
For the commissioning phase of the project, we intend to maintain current sound levels and will take the necessary steps to keep noise impact to a minimum during the operations.
NouvLR, the consortium in charge of REM construction, is currently taking sound measurements all along the network in order to refine the models. Now that the consortiums for the construction and the rolling stock have been selected, we know which type of vehicle will be used and have a better understanding of how sound will travel in the REM’s right of way. The models being developed will serve to determine the mitigation measures to be put in place.
When assessing the noise impact of the REM, we must bear in mind the following:
It is important to note that with the REM, a number of sources of railway noise will be reduced, particularly noise resulting from engine propulsion, aeration/cooling fans and the rubbing and squealing of the wheels on the tracks. Other sources of noise will be eliminated entirely, including disc brake rubbing, whistling on arrival at the station, and grade crossing alarms.