Central section of Highway 10
The REM will run down the middle of Highway 10, where the reserved bus lanes are currently located. The work is continuing in the centre of the highway, including the installation of tracks, drainage, preparatory work to install the REM’s electrical system, and the construction of Du Quartier station.
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
This very busy sector includes the work for the REM’s elevated structure and the construction of the Rive-Sud station and of the maintenance centre.
The construction of the elevated structure is almost finished. It is composed of 33 concrete and 6 steel beams. The concrete for the deck on which the REM will ride is being poured. The next step will be to install the tracks.
The metal structures of the Rive-Sud station and of the maintenance centre are being installed, and the walls and roofs will follow in the next few months. Drainage and electrical work is also underway in this sector.
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 opposite the Cinéplex Odéon theatre, in the middle of Highway 10, is continuing. The station’s metal structure and roof are being installed.
The pedestrian walkways linking the station to Quartier DIX30 and to the Solar Uniquartier project are now in place. Their installation will be finalized in the coming months. There will be occasional traffic restrictions on Highway 10 for this work, mainly at night.
Next steps: Putting up the walls, along with electrical and mechanical work.
An elevated structure for the REM must be built between Leduc Boulevard and Malo Avenue. Work is underway in this sector and includes the demolition of the shoulders of the overpass located above Highway 10 and the construction of two pillars. The beams and deck will then be installed.
This work is generating traffic restrictions. Malo Avenue has been closed since this summer and one lane taken from Leduc Boulevard, which will also be closed at night from time to time to do the work.
Major work is being done at the Panama terminal for the building of a new bus terminal and a new REM station.
The temporary bus terminal and parking lot will be in service in fall 2019. This temporary infrastructure will free up the work area needed to construct the REM's permanent infrastructure, while maintaining bus service. The Panama tunnel will also be closed this fall, so as to begin construction of the Panama station.
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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 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.