Montreal's $6.3B light-rail system will begin construction in April 2018 (PHOTOS)

Feb 8 2018, 3:02 pm

The Réseau express métropolitain (REM), which will be the largest transportation network in Greater Montreal, will officially break ground in April 2018.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec made the announcement on Thursday morning.

“Today, we confirm the beginning of the construction of the Metropolitan Express Network. The EMN idea becomes a reality, “said Michael Sabia, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec, in a statement.

“From the launch of the project, less than two years ago, we went to meet the population, municipalities, transport companies, all stakeholders. We listened to their ideas and suggestions, which allowed us to propose innovative solutions and to continuously improve our project.”

The system will be partially ready for commuters by the summer of 2021. But with a $6.3-billion price tag, the project is already $300 million over budget.

REM Montreal

CNW Group/CDPQ Infra Inc

REM Montreal

CNW Group/CDPQ Infra Inc

There will also be a change to the initial route planned for the REM. The route from the Champlain Bridge to Central Station will no longer be built underground.

A consortium consisting of SNC Lavalin Grands Projets Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Pomerleau Inc., and EBC Inc., has been chosen to build the system’s infrastructure.

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