Montreal’s $6.3 billion light-rail REM train system continues to chug along.
Last week, the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) welcomed the arrival of its first fleet of trains, and today the rapid metro transit system is offering its first glimpse of what the stations will look like, both exterior and interior.
The 3D video focuses specifically on the West Island’s Fairview-Pointe-Claire station, giving Montrealers a video-game-like view of the structure that’s currently in construction.
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Set to become the largest transportation network in Greater Montreal, the REM 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.
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).
But until then, here’s how the REM station, specifically in Pointe-Claire, is going to look.
REM stations will all have the same main architectural principles and “include the concepts of transparency, movement, and wood,” says the company.
As users enter the station, they will be able to notice lines on the ground that are continued from those on the outdoor pavement. Ticket validation gates will be located at all entrances and will be provided by the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM).
REM’s architects have developed a colour strategy that will be incorporated into the entire light-rail network. The REM is divided into six sections, each of which has a distinct colour theme:
- South Shore – Urbanized rural theme (yellow)
- Downtown, from Île-des-Sœurs to the Mont-Royal Tunnel – Emblematic theme (cream/very pale green)
- Downtown Montreal – Mixed urban theme (brick red)
- West Island – Forest theme (green)
- Airport – Innovation theme (grey/silver)
- Northern sector – Waterfront theme (blue)
The light-rail train system is slated to open to commuters by the summer of 2021.
For more details and news on the network’s colour schemes, landscaping, and furniture, visit the REM website.