Montreal’s $6.3 billion light-rail REM train system is chugging along.
The Réseau express métropolitain (REM), which will become the largest transportation network in Greater Montreal, will link downtown to the South Shore, the West Island, Montreal-North and the Trudeau Airport.
The integrated 67 km train system will provide access to 27 stations across the Montreal network and will run 20 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Once completed, it will be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world, according to REM, after Singapore (82 km), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km).
In a statement released on Thursday, the REM says “the first stations have started to emerge from the ground” of the major milestone project, giving Montrealers a “glimpse of the architectural vision for the stations.”
The Du Quartier and Rive-Sud stations have progressed by “leaps and bounds” in recent months, according to the REM, as some structures are now in plain view, exposing the wood ceilings.
Designed by several local firms (Lemay, Perkins+Will, Bisson Fortin, and Provencher_Roy), each REM station will prominently feature wood and glass. “These noble, durable and modern materials were chosen to flood the stations with natural light and make the stations warm and inviting.”
Architects favoured a simple and minimalist design so stations will blend into their respective neighbourhoods over time, a critical design since the REM’s infrastructures are expected to last over 100 years.
The REM also shared architectural renderings of the Panama, Du Quartier, and Rive-Sud terminal stations:
Montreal’s REM light-rail train network is expected to be running for the public on the island by 2022 and rails on the North Shore will be in place by 2023.