Réseau express métropolitain

Rank 2022


Image Credit: REM/NouvLR

Industry Sector: Transit

Project Type: LRT

Project Value: $6.9 billion

Funding Source: Public/Private

Federal Funding: $1.28 billion (through the Canada Infrastructure Bank)

Provincial Funding: $1.283 billion (Government of Quebec); $512 million (ARTM); $295 million (Hydro-Quebec)

Private Funding: $3.5 billion

Province: Quebec

City / Region: Montreal

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2024

The Réseau express metropolitain (REM) will be a new integrated network linking downtown Montreal, South Shore, West Island, North Shore, and the airport. Once completed, the REM will be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore (82 kilometres), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km). For the metropolitan area, the REM also represents the largest public transportation infrastructure since the Montreal metro, inaugurated in 1966.

Combined with existing transportation networks (metro, trains and buses), the REM opens a new era of public transit development in the Greater Montreal area:

• 27 stations—67 kilometers—20 hours a day—7 days a week

• This constitutes Québec’s first “public-public” partnership project

Despite construction delays due to COVID-19, progress has been made along the entire length of the project. This includes the construction of a new North Shore bridge using the counterweight launching methodology.

In 2021, with the closing of the Deux-Montagnes line, the project now has construction sites fully deployed on the 67 kilometres of the network. There are more than 30 active construction sites around the Greater Montreal area.

The first tests of the REM in automated mode were also conducted on the South Shore, on a 3.5-km section of the REM route between Brossard station and Milan Boulevard. This specific zone is called the “representative segment.” All system components (telecommunications, electrical system, etc.) were tested there, under various weather conditions.

Project Owner: CDPQ Infra

Engineer: CIMA+; Hatch; Parsons (consulting); Stantec (design)

Project/Construction Manager: • EPC contract: Groupe NouvLR— SNC-Lavalin Grands Projets Inc.; Dragados Canada Inc.; Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée; Pomerleau Inc.; EBC Inc. • RSSOM Contract: Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais—Alstom Transport Canada Inc.; SNC-Lavalin O&M Inc. • Conception: SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Aecom Consultants Inc.

Other Key Players: Hanscomb (advisory services for design, engineering, and costing); SENER SES Canada Inc. (independent checker engineer); EXP (feasibility and diligence studies); WSP (geotechnical); Aon (risk advisor); GHD (geotechnical/testing); INTECH Risk Management; Deloitte (due diligence advisor); Englobe; Canam Group; Jacobs; HKA

Legal: Norton Rose Fulbright (advising CDPQ Infra); Lavery de Billy (advising CDPQ Infra); Borden Ladner Gervais (advised NouvLR); Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg (advised PMM); Stein Monast (advised the Quebec Government); Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (advisor for ARTM)

Road or Transit Length (km): 67

Financing Detail: There are five funding partners involved with the project: CDPQ Infra - $3.5 billion Government of Quebec - $1.28 billion Government of Canada (through the Canada Infrastructure Bank) - $1.28 billion Hydro Quebec - $295 million ARTM - $512 million

2022 Rank: 11

2021 Rank: 11

2020 Rank: 10

2019 Rank: 8

2018 Rank: 8

2017 Rank: 8


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