Construction of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) has started in the West Island.
Although the light-rail train service for the Greater Montreal region is still years away, construction of the REM’s 12-km elevated structure in the West Island is beginning to take shape along Highway 40.
The construction of the elevated portion of the route will require the installation of pillars along the former Doney Spur line, and Highway 40 near the Fairview shopping centre in Pointe-Claire and points further west.
Works crews have already been busy doing prep work and clearing tracks of land adjacent to Highway 40 to make way for construction. The REM said the work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.
According to the REM work schedule, construction of access roads are planned for 2019.
Construction of the elevated track superstructure columns is planned for the fall of 2019 till the winter of 2021. Station construction is planned for the spring of 2021.
As part of its reforestation program, the REM has also committed to planting 250,000 trees in the Greater Montreal region.
When completed in 2023, REM will feature 26 stations along a 67-kilometre electric light rail network, linking the West Island with downtown Montreal, the South Shore, North Shore and Trudeau International Airport in Dorval.
The first REM stations are slated to open in 2021, while the entire network is expected to be operating by 2023.