REM - Lay­ing Down the Tracks

Montreal Times - - News - By Bon­nie Wurst [email protected]­

The fully au­to­mated REM sys­tem will span 67 kilo­me­tres with 26 sta­tions, trans­form­ing the Metropoli­tan Mon­treal Area tran­sit sys­tem.The new, more ef­fi­cient, fre­quent and hope­fully more reli­able ser­vice will con­nect the South Shore, Down­town Mon­treal, the West Is­land and Air­port Pierre-El­liott-Trudeau. Once com­pleted, the REM will be one of the largest au­to­mated trans­porta­tion sys­tems in the world - af­ter Sin­ga­pore, Dubai andVan­cou­ver.The first trains are ex­pected to be run­ning by 2021.

As the REM project moves ahead, it's hard not to no­tice the grow­ing num­ber of con­struc­tion sites along­side parts of High­way 40, to and from the West Is­land - an in­te­gral part of the whole net­work.And it will soon be­come even more ap­par­ent.

Just a few week­ends ago, the mag­ni­tude of the work need­ing to be done be­came clear when 8 kilo­me­tres of Hwy 40 had to be closed in both di­rec­tions be­tween Hwy13 and St-Jean Blvd. for al­most 30 hours. A rail­way overpass (part of the for­mer Doney rail­way spur), needed to be de­mol­ished. It will soon be re­placed by an REM el­e­vated struc­ture. It might have been highly in­con­ve­nient for mo­torists, but it was cer­tainly an im­pres­sive feat when con­sid­er­ing over 2000 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete was de­mol­ished and all cleaned up in that time.

Now that the overpass has been taken down, they will be­gin fo­cus­ing on con­struc­tion of a 12km el­e­vated struc­ture run­ning along Hwy40. Two new mod­ern struc­tures will be built where the de­mol­ished overpass was lo­cated and where two REM branches will also meet: the branch run­ning to­ward the Mon­tréal-Trudeau Air­port (an un­der­ground route) and the branch run­ning to­ward Sainte-Anne-deBelle­vue (el­e­vated route).

So what comes next? What can West Is­landers ex­pect? And what will it all look like in the end? - The REM prepara­tory work in the West Is­land started in Spring 2018, con­sist­ing of geotech­ni­cal sur­veys, lo­ca­tion and re­lo­ca­tion of pub­lic and mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices - all a pre­req­ui­site to de­sign and con­struct the var­i­ous in­fras­truc­tures. In the Au­tumn of 2018 we al­ready saw the de­mo­li­tion of the rail­way overpass - which has made way for lay­ing the foun­da­tion for a con­tin­u­ous el­e­vated struc­ture on the whole branch, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of su­per­struc­tures, ex­ca­va­tion at the Technoparc and bor­ing of the Air­port tun­nel.There has also been prepara­tory work to­wards the Pier­re­fonds-Roxboro branch since mid-Septem­ber. De­tails of the work have not yet been re­leased.

Do you plan on us­ing the REM? Will it be easy for you to ac­cess by foot or bus? Is Sta­tion Park­ing an im­por­tant is­sue for you? Let us know!

REM Hwy 40 Overpass De­mo­li­tion ( More photos to see on­line: www.mtl­

REM - Air­port tun­nell - Artist con­cep­tion

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