Canada, Funding of Montréal’s Light Rail Project to be Announced :Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard, Montréal’s Mayor Denis Coderre and the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) CEO Michael Sabia will announce on 15 June 2017 the go-ahead to government funding of Montréal’s Réseau Électrique Métropolitain (REM) project, at an event to be held at the city’s Central Station.
The 67 km long light rail line will have 27 stations and link downtown Montreal, South Shore, West Island, North Shore and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Trains on the network are expected to be fully automated and driverless. Once completed, the REM will be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore (82 km), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km). For the metropolitan area, the REM represents the largest public transportation infrastructure since the Montréal metro, inaugurated 50 years ago (in 1966). Combined with existing transportation networks (metro, trains and buses), the REM will open a new era of public transit development in the Greater Montréal area.
New stations will be integrated into their urban environment and designed to allow easy access for pedestrians, bicycles, cars and buses. All stations will be covered, climate-controlled, equipped with elevators and will meet the principles of universal access.
The first trains are expected to run late in 2020.
Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani
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