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Preparatory work started on the entire Deux-Montagnes line resulting in a closure of service on Friday night and during weekends (starting April 27, 2018). In 2018-2019, the works will mainly consist of the construction of new covered stations between Central Station and Du Ruisseau.

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Starting April 27, 2018, weekends from Friday night (8 p.m.) through Sunday

Preparatory work on the Deux Montagnes line



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Construction of the REM will begin in 2018. Mobilization of the construction sites, drilling, and relocation of public utilities will startin the first few months. In spring, a team of engineers and workers will set to work on opening the construction sites. They will focus on excavating, on preparing the REM’s future rights-of-way and on starting the infrastructure build (see the work calendar in 2018-2019) . Construction notices will be published ahead of time, to inform the citizens concerned.

Starting April 27, 2018

Preparatory work (geotechnical drilling, surveying and the building of temporary facilities) result in a closure of service on Friday nights and during weekends.

Last departures on Friday nights are:

  • Last departure Central Station > Deux-Montagnes: 7:30 p.m.
  • Last departure Central Station > Mascouche: 7:12 p.m.
  • Last departure Deux-Montagnes > Central Station: 6:33 p.m.
  • Last departure Mascouche > Central Station: 5:17 p.m.

See alternate routes (RTM)


Starting June 25, 2018

A segment of the Deux­-Montagnes line will run along a single track in the Ville Mont‑Royal sector so that new stations can be built. The schedule for the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines will have to be reorganized. 

New schedule on the Deux-Montagnes line
New schedule on the Mascouche line


Starting in early 2020

For approximately 24 months, the entire segment of the Deux‑Montagnes line between Du Ruisseau and Central Station will be replaced by a bus service (service will be maintained between Deux‑Montagnes and Du Ruisseau train stations). Alternative transit services will be presented in the fall of 2019.

Yes, the capacity of the Deux-Montagnes line will be much higher.

REM cars are smaller than MR-90 cars, but run much more frequently due to the high frequency of the light rail metro line. Thus, the REM provides a higher capacity per hour and per day.


For example, during the morning peak period (from 6 to 9 a.m.):

  • With the REM

Maximum capacity of a metro: 780 passengers
Number of departures from 6 to 9 a.m. : 54 departures (36 at Deux-Montagnes, 18 at Bois-Franc coming from the airport)
780 x 54 = 42,120 passengers

  • With a MR-90 train

Maximum capacity of a train: 1,900 passengers
Number of departures from 6 to 9 a.m.: 9 departures (6 at Deux-Montagnes, 2 at Roxboro-Pierrefonds, 1 at Bois-Franc)
1,900 x 9 = 17,100 passagers


To learn more, read our article: The REM, seating and capacity

There are 120 seats available.

REM cars are smaller than MR-90 cars, but run much more frequently due to the high frequency of the light rail metro line. It means that the number of seats will not be greatly affected if we look at the entire peak period.


For example, during the morning peak period (from 6 to 9 a.m.):

  • With the REM

120 seats
36 departures at Deux-Montagnes
18 additional departures at Bois-Franc coming from the Airport
120 seats x (36 departures + 18 departures) = 6,480 seats with REM during the morning peak period

  • With a MR-90 train

900 seats
6 departures at Deux-Montagnes
3 additional departures at Roxboro-Pierrefonds and Bois-Franc
900 seats x (6 departures + 3 departures) = 8,100 seats with REM during the morning peak period


To learn more, read our article: The REM, seating and capacity

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.

Departure frequency. The REM will operate 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, with departures every 2 min 30 during peak hours and every 5 min in off-peak hours between Gare Centrale and Bois-Franc. Between Bois-Franc and Deux-Montages , trains will depart every 5 min during peak hours and every 15 min in off-peak hours.

Capacity. The capacity on the Deux-Montagnes line will increase significantly. For example, during morning peak hours between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., the REM will serve 42,100 people (compared to 17,100 currently).

New connections. The REM will connect to Montréal’s three existing metro lines: blue (Édouard-Montpetit), green (McGill) and orange (Bonaventure). You will also be able to get to the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, Technoparc Montréal on the South Shore and the West Island.

Different cars. REM trains are not commuter trains; their cars are more like metro cars from a technological standpoint. REM cars are smaller but will run much more frequently, which explains the significant increase in capacity. The space will be designed for smooth passenger flow at transfer station entrances and exits (poles, bars, wider spaces). They will be air conditioned and equipped with bicycle and luggage racks.

Equipped stations. REM stations will be enclosed, covered, climate controlled and sheltered from the elements. You will  wait for the REM on a platform separated from the tracks by an automated screen door system (it will no longer be possible to drop objects on or to cross the track; safety and reliability will thus be improved). All stations will have elevators and be accessible to persons with reduced mobility.

The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) develops rate schedules for all transit systems in the Greater Montréal area. We are currently working closely with the organization to integrate the REM into this future rate schedule.

The aim is to create a single fare. Customers would buy tickets from the ARTM that could be used in various networks, including the REM, the métro, buses, etc.

Our intention is that rates should be comparable to those currently paid for equivalent distances and that travel fares, for example the Opus cards, should provide access to both the REM and the other transit systems.

You will be able to reach the REM stations by foot, bike, public transit or car. (Click the “Network Map” tab for more information about your station.) Our primary intent is to focus on a sustainable solution: public and active transit. To that end, there will be bus services to REM stations. Our goal is to optimize your travel time.

Bus networks in various municipalities will be revised to optimize feeder service to REM’s stations. The buses will stop near the stations for quick and efficient transfer to REM's metro cars. This cooperation with transit companies will continue throughout the project to ensure optimal feeder service as soon as REM starts up.

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