Central section of Highway 10
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. The Chevrier tunnel is also closed since the end of April 2019.
A reserved bus lane will be maintained in dense traffic areas, moving to accommodate each work phase, in order to ensure efficient service in both directions. Detailed information is available here for public transit users: RTL / exo
Rive-Sud terminal station sector
The REM’s elevated structure on the South Shore will run from the terminal station to close to the viaduct at the intersection of highways 10 and 30. Its construction began in 2018; soon its 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.
The skeleton of the Rive-Sud Station and its maintenance centre are more and more visible and construction continues.
Preparatory work is underway on Montée Gobeil. This work is in preparation for the future deviation of Lapinière Boulevard, where an access road will be built to the Rive-Sud terminal station from Highway 10 going west (Montréal).
Du Quartier station
The construction of the future Du Quartier station, which will be located near the Cinéma Cinéplex Odéon in the center of Highway 10, will begin in fall 2018. The work includes pile drilling and construction of foundations, station structure and passenger walkway.
The route of the future REM will run along the Highway 10 median, requiring the construction of an elevated structure between Leduc Boulevard and Malo Avenue. In order to erect this structure, work will need to be done on Leduc Boulevard, beneath Highway 10. Carried out in phases from spring through the summer of 2019, the work will consist in the construction of the pilar, partial demolition and reconstruction of existing decks on Highway 10 and beam and deck installation.
The pillar constructed in Fall 2018 on Malo avenue will also be finalized.
Major work will be carried out at the Panama terminal for the building of a new terminal and a new REM station. This will be carried out in stages over the next few years.
The construction of a temporary terminal and parking lot and of new roads has started in September 2018. These temporary infrastructures will be commissioned sometime at the end of summer 2019 and will free up the work area needed to construct the REM's permanent infrastructures.
Starting mid-April, the construction of a new access ramp to Highway 10 West on Plèdre Street to make it easier for buses to exit the Panama terminal will start. This transitional measure will be in service in June until 2021, in order to ensure efficient service is provided to public transit users in both directions.
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The REM on the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge
2021, station Panama. See for yourself by boarding the REM toward downtown, going over the Samuel-De Champlain Bridge.
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 Station in less than 10 minutes, Du Quartier Station in 13 minutes, Rive-Sud Terminal Station 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 Station, the green line via McGill Station and the orange line via Bonaventure Station (Central Station). You will also be able to get to the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, Technoparc Montréal on the South Shore and the West Island.
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.