Preparatory work started on the South Shore this spring. Priorities in 2018-2019 include the construction of the Du Quartier and Panama stations, the construction of a temporary terminus at Panama and the construction of infrastructure along Highway 10.
Information sheet on the South Shore (coming soon)
Frequently asked questions in your sector
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.
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.
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.
The primary differences between REM and the bus service on the South Shore are:
- More frequent and longer hours of service. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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). That will give you so many more travel options!
- More destinations. REM will connect you to the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, Technoparc Montréal, North Shore and parts of the West Island, all within a single transit network.
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.
Do you have questions about the REM and its construction in your area? Email or call us.