South Shore Branch of Metropolitan Express Network (REM): Commissioning Date and Updates

2023-06-26 21:22:30

The South Shore branch of the Metropolitan Express Network (REM) could be put into service within 30 to 45 days, according to a notice sent to the Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority (ARTM).

This notice was shared on Monday with the public transport companies in the region, in particular the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL). “This is excellent news for sustainable mobility in the region,” responded ARTM spokesperson Simon Charbonneau in an email.

For its part, CDPQ Infra has confirmed that it will begin, on Wednesday, the last phase of tests before the commissioning of its network between the Brossard and Central Station stations.

Dry running consists of operating the network at the same frequency as a commissioning, but without passengers. The subsidiary of the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec will later confirm the official date of the commissioning of the REM.

The announcement marks a “crucial” step towards commissioning, reacts the Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault. “Sooner than later, we will be able to inaugurate this new means of transportation that will change the way we get around Greater Montreal. »

The REM’s southern branch was originally scheduled to come into service at the end of 2021, but the deadline has been postponed many times. The management of CDPQ Infra had defended these postponements by saying that they wanted to avoid a false start.

“For a user, if he is provided with a high-performance system, he will very quickly forget these delays,” underlined Julien Hurel, senior director, transport system, in October. On the other hand, if you plant it in the morning to go to work, or to bring your children, by minus twenty (degrees Celsius), it will not be forgotten. He will accept once, he will accept twice, then he will go to a plan B.

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