Installation of tracks and electrical system in the middle of Highway 10
The REM will run down the middle of Highway 10, where the reserved bus lanes are currently located. Work to install the REM’s tracks and electrical systems is ongoing, especially in the sector between Milan Boulevard Milan and the Samuel De Champlain Bridge. Here are the main components:
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. Detailed information is available here for public transit users: RTL / exo
Construction of the Brossard, Du Quartier and Panama stations
The construction of the REM stations in Brossard is continuing and picking up steam. Follow their progress:
On the Brossard station side, this booming sector also includes work for the installation of the electrical system and the continued construction of a bus terminal and maintenance and control centres.
As for the Du Quartier station, the installation of the envelope for the pedestrian footbridges linking the station to the DIX30 and the Solar Uniquartier project will be finalized in the coming months. Occasional obstructions of Highway 10 are to be expected for this work.
The construction of the future REM bus terminal at Panama has started, on the site of the former main parking lot. The temporary bus terminal will be in service by summer 2020, which will free up the space needed to continue the work, while maintaining bus service for users.
Preparatory work in the Montée Gobeil sector
Work is being carried out in the Montée Gobeil sector in preparation for the future rerouting of Lapinière Boulevard. This slight deviation will allow the construction of a new access overpass to the Brossard station from Highway 10 westbound (Montréal).
Finalization of the elevated structure in the Malo/Leduc sector
The building of the elevated structure between Leduc Boulevard and Malo Avenue was undertaken to allow the passage of the REM. Work is underway in this sector and includes the construction of an electrical substation, the completion of the elevated structure and track installation.
This work is generating traffic restrictions. Malo Avenue is closed and one lane is taken from Leduc Boulevard. Occasional night-time obstructions may be required to perform this work. The return to normal traffic should take place by summer 2020.
The REM on the South Shore
For over 30 years, hundreds of buses have been crossing the Champlain Bridge between Brossard and Montréal. The REM will constitute a small revolution in public transport.
Frequency. The REM will be in service 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, with South Shore departures every 2.5 minutes during peak hours and every 5 minutes during off-peak hours.
Twice the capacity. REM will significantly increase the network’s capacity. Once it is completed, twice as many public transit customers will be able to cross the Champlain Bridge to Montréal.
Greater reliability for the trip home. Due to its reliability and dedicated corridor, REM will take you from downtown to: Panama in less than 10 minutes, Du Quartier in 13 minutes, Brossard in 15 minutes. The congestion that buses leaving downtown currently have to deal with will be a thing of the past, replaced by reliable, fast and frequent service.
Connections to metro lines. REM will connect to Montréal’s three existing metro lines: the blue line via Édouard-Montpetit, the green line via McGill and the orange line via Central Station. You will also be able to get to the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, the West Island and the North Shore.
Ultimately, the REM will run along the central median of Highway 10. Since this is where the reserved bus lane is currently located, this lane will need to be relocated gradually.
In early September 2018, a small 1-km stretch of the reserved bus lane on Highway 10 going west (Montréal) will be removed near the Highway 10/Highway 30 interchange. Buses will join the reserved lane a little further on, near the Malo and Leduc sectors.
In 2019, the central portion of Highway 10 will need to be isolated for the REM work. At this point, buses will not be able to use the bus lane. This transition will be carried out in stages.
New access ramps and reserved lanes for buses will be built so that public transit users will be moved unhampered between the Chevrier and Panama terminals and the Champlain Bridge. For example, starting in mid-September 2018, a new access ramp will be built near the Chevrier tunnel (before its demolition in spring/summer 2019).
While the construction of these new access ramps is designed to minimize impact on the South Shore bus service to and from Montréal, it is anticipated that travel times will be affected as of 2019. The planning of new bus traffic lanes is carried out in close collaboration with a number of partners, including such entities as transit authorities and Signature on the Saint Lawrence.
The REM will run on the central deck of the new Champlain Bridge, replacing the reserved bus lane. The REM will access the bridge by running in the centre of Highway 10, between the two traffic lanes. At the bridge exit, it will stop at Nun's Island (Pointe Nord) and then continue on to downtown, crossing the Nun's Island channel via a new dedicated bridge.
The REM Chevrier station is not planned for phase one of the project.
Until the REM’s planned commissioning in 2021, the existing Chevrier terminus will continue to operate. During the construction of the right-of-way and infrastructure required for the REM to travel in the centre of Highway 10, new access ramps and reserved lanes for buses will be built so that public transit service in both directions remains efficient for riders on the South Shore. The access ramps will be constructed in 2018, and be in use starting in 2019.
After the REM is commissioned, the bus station and park-and-ride lot at the Chevrier site will be moved south of Highway 30, to the REM’s Rive-Sud terminal station. The agglomeration of Longueuil aims to keep the Chevrier sector as a transit-oriented development (TOD) area, and the objective is to provide public transport service for this sector, with a method to be determined. To travel downtown, riders in the Chevrier sector will be directed to the REM station that is closest to their departure point.
Architectural renders of the stations are presented in our Photos and videos section.
Environmental, technical and financial studies are available in our Documentation section.