Creation of right-of-way on the Highway 10 median
To create a safe work space on the Highway 10 median where the REM will run, a temporary reconfiguration of lanes going east (toward Sherbrooke) will be implemented in mid-September 2018. This lane reconfiguration will be in effect for about two years, from the Malo and Leduc sectors (near the CN track) to Highway 30 (near the future Rive-Sud terminal station).
Rive-Sud terminal station and Montée Gobeil
Deforestation work and the relocation of public utilities will be carried out on Montée Gobeil in early September 2018. 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). On the future Rive-Sud terminal station site, the building of pillars for the REM’s elevated structure will continue throughout the fall. Rome Boulevard will also be widened and extended, and will be used as an access road for the station.
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.
This fall, a new bus access ramp will be built near the Chevrier tunnel, in anticipation of its demolition in spring/summer 2019. Until the REM’s planned commissioning in 2021, the existing Chevrier terminal will continue to operate.
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 will start in September. This will result in the closure of 500 parking spaces at the terminal. The existing bus service will not be affected during this time. These temporary infrastructures will be commissioned sometime in mid-2019.
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.