Montreal’s massive 67-kilometre light rail network is starting to take shape and now, its stations have their new names.
Almost all of them, that is.
The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) made the announcement this morning omitting only the Griffintown station which has been subject to some criticism.
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The $6.3-billion light-rail network, slated to be spread out across the Greater Montreal area, will be launched in two phases between 2021 and 2023.
The REM network will overtake the existing train line in Deux-Montagnes with added stations that will link to McGill métro and the Edouard-Montpetit stations. The light-rail train will also cross the Champlain Bridge to Brossard, link to the Montreal Trudeau Airport, and run along the West Island’s Highway 40 towards Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.
The Griffintown station, however, will be named later. The station’s name has been a topic of debate between the City of Montreal and its Irish community.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says she wants to name the station after former Quebec premier Bernard Landry but the Irish community is pushing to commemorate the city’s rich Irish history.
The unnamed station is being built close to a burial site in Griffintown honouring the victims who fled the Irish potato famine.
“A joint announcement concerning the Griffintown station will be made later with the city of Montreal,” concluded the news release.
A total of 25 of the 26 REM light-rail stations are officially named as follows, some of which are recognizable through their old monikers:
- Du Ruisseau
- Central Station
Towards the South Shore:
- Du Quartier
- Des Sources
Towards the Airport
- YUL–Montréal–Trudeau Airport