Montreal Quebec - A ground breaking ceremony was held on 12 Apr 2018 to mark the start of construction on Montreal's Metropolitan Electric Network (REM), the new 67 kilometre automated light metro for the Canadian city.
The ceremony was attended by representatives of CDPQ Infra, which is developing and majority funding the $6.3 billion project, and from the governments of Quebec and Canada, which are each providing $1.28 billion, the City of Montreal, and the selected consortia.
The new network will have 26 stations and is billed as the largest public transport project in Montreal for 50 years.
The NouvLR consortium consisting of SNC Lavalin Grand Projets, Dragados Canada, Groupe Aecon Quebec, Pomerleau, EBC, partnering with Aecom and SNC Lavalin is set to deliver the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract, while Group Partnership for Mobility for Montreal consisting of Alstom Transport Canada and SNC Lavalin O&M is delivering the rolling stock, systems, operation, and maintenance (RSSOM) contract.
Both contracts were awarded on 8 Feb 2018 and since then the two consortia have worked to successfully align their respective proposals and schedules for the project.
Alstom confirmed that it will supply 106 two-car Metropolis metro trains for the project as well as its Urbalis 400 driverless CBTC solution, Iconis control centre, platform screen doors, Wi-Fi, and 30 years of operations and maintenance services.
Alstom's share of the $2.8 billion RSSOM contract is $2.2 billion, with SNC-Lavalin receiving $600 million.
The new double-track network will connect Brossard Rive-Sud in the east via downtown Montreal where it will connect with the existing Montreal metro, to Deux Montagnes in the west, and Sainte-Anne-de Bellevue in the southwest, with a branch to Montreal Airport, which is not currently served by rail.
Testing is expected to begin by the end of 2020, and the first passengers will use the service in the summer of 2021.