The construction of a new electric train system linking downtown Montreal, South Shore, West Island, North Shore and Montreal-Trudeau Airport has been fast-tracked thanks to a provincial government bill passed Wednesday in the National Assembly.
The new bill will allow Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to speed up the construction of the Réseau Electrique métropolitain (REM).
The province has invested $1.28 billion for the new train system and the federal government will also commit $1.28 billion to the project.
The integrated 67 km train system will provide access to 27 stations and will run 20 hours a day, seven days a week.
New stations will be designed to allow easy access for pedestrians, bicycles, cars and buses. All stations will be covered, climate-controlled, and equipped with elevators.
Once built, it will be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world after Singapore (82 km), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km).
The REM system is expected to be complete by 2020.