Réseau express métropolitain (REM)
The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, through its CDPQ Infra subsidiary, is undertaking the creation of a new autonomous regional light rail network: the “Réseau express métropolitain” or REM. The REM will extend over 67 km and provide 27 stations, of which 13 will have bus stations or platforms and 14 will have commuter parking lots.
The REM will link the South Shore, downtown Montréal, the West Island (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue), the North Shore (Deux-Montagnes) and the Montréal-Trudeau airport. The network will interconnect with theMontreal Métro's blue line (Édouard-Montpetit station), green line (McGill station) and orange line (Bonaventure station).
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The REM in Brossard
On the South Shore, from the new Champlain Bridge, the REM trains will run along the central median of Highway 10, at ground level until reaching Highway 30. After passing the A-10/A-30 interchange, the route will cross Highway 10 Eastbound via an overpass to reach the Rive-Sud terminal station located in the south quadrant of the interchange.
The South Shore line will replace the currently overloaded bus service with a new high frequency service. The REM will operate 20 hours/day, 7 days/week. On the South Shore, the REM will come every2 and a half minutes at rush hours and every 5 minutes in off peak periods.
Three REM stations with bus connections will be built in the next few years in Brossard:
Enclosed and comfortable, the station buildings be designed for universal access, improving travel options for persons with reduced mobility.
- The Panama station will be located on the site of the current Panama bus terminal. This station will be equipped with a bus terminal as well as a 700 space parking lot. Travel time to downtown Montréal will be less than 10 minutes.
- Du Quartier station will be located along the centre of Highway 10, at the future Du Quartier overpass. This station, from which you will travel downtown in about 13 minutes, will be accessible via a pedestrian bridge to be built above Highway10.
- The Rive-Sud terminal station will be located at the intersction of Highways 10 and 30 (southern or “south-west” quadrant ). The travel time to downtown Montréal from this station will be less than 15 minutes. The station will include a bus terminal and a 3,000 space parking lot.
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Construction of the REM will begin by the spring 2018 and the first REM trains are scheduled to enter service for summer 2021. The detailed South Shore work schedules are still to be determined.
Communications and Community Relations
CDPQ infra, in concert with the municipality, will maintain active, regular and transparent communications with Brossard residents throughout the various project phases. To do this, CDPQ Infra will put in place an Office of Communications and Community Relations, whose mandate will be to manage all communications with residents, merchants and organizations concerned by the construction of the REM.
CDPQ Infra already held two open house evenings about the proposed REM in Brossard in 2016. Other events will follow. To stay informed about the project and coming initiatives, visit www.cdpqinfra.com, subscribe to the REM Express newsletter, and follow the Réseau express métropolitain Facebook page and Twitter feed. To contact the project promoter directly, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 514 847-2833.