Réseau express métropolitain

Rank 2023


Image Credit: REM/NouvLR, Thierry DuBois

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: $3.63 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:

• 26 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 2002, the project reached two important milestones in terms of construction for the project: Full completion of the construction of the 16-km-aerial structure for the REM by the two launching gantries and the digging with the tunnel-boring machine (TBM) of the tunnel to the airport (2.5-kms); in July, a REM car crossed the Champlain bridge for the first time; a couple weeks before this major milestone, full electrification of the segment between the South Shore and Central Station was completed.

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 (engineer-design/EPC Team)

Other Key Players: Hanscomb (advisory services for design, engineering, and costing); EXP (feasibility and diligence studies); WSP (geotechnical); Aon (risk advisor); GHD (geotechnical/testing); INTECH Risk Management; Deloitte (due diligence advisor); Englobe; Canam Group; Jacobs (independent certifier); Turner & Townsend (cost/schedule management); Arium Design (wayfinding consultant)

Architect Names: Design: Lemay; Bisson Fortin; Perkins+Will; Provencher Roy

Legal: 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); Dentons

Road or Transit Length (km): 67

Financing Detail: There are five funding partners involved with the project: CDPQ Infra - $3.63 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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