Construction of the Montreal Airport light rail link will start in April

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CANADA: CDPQ Infra has announced the official launch of its project to build largest public transportation network in Greater Montréal in 50 years: the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).

The REM is a new, integrated 67-km public transit network intended to link downtown Montréal, the South Shore, the West Island (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue), the North Shore (Laval and Deux-Montagnes) and the airport through an entirely automated and electric light rail transit (LRT) system.

Journey from the airport to downtown will take 20 minutes, with trains running every ten minutes.

Construction of the system will start in April and it is estimated the passenger services will begin in summer of 2021.

Group NouvLR has won the infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction contract and Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM) will provide the rolling stock and systems as well as operation and maintenance.

CDPQ Infra is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and is responsible for developing and operating infrastructure projects, including the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).

“Today we can confirm that construction of the Réseau express métropolitain will begin in April. The REM is now a reality,” stated Michael Sabia, President and Chief Executive Officer of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
“Since the very start of the project, less than two years ago, we have been meeting with the public, municipalities, transportation companies, and other stakeholders. We listened to their ideas and suggestions, which turned into innovative solutions and continuously improved our project."

The dialogue established with all stakeholders will continue throughout the project to ensure that the REM integrates harmoniously in the various communities. To that end, a project management office will be created to oversee the planning of all future work and its coordination with the partners. A community relations office will be created to maintain close communication with the public.

An advisory committee will also be set up with the City of Montréal to discuss urban planning around REM stations.

“We think it’s critical for the REM to contribute to the vitality of neighbourhoods by integrating harmoniously with innovative urban planning. Today we’re proposing an architectural concept based on this approach, and with the support of our partners and communities, the REM will be rooted in the metropolis. This is a major project for Greater Montréal residents, who are important to its success,” concluded Mr. Sabia.
In parallel with the REM’s planning and development, la Caisse identified additional attractive investment opportunities for its infrastructure portfolio. Three shared-use, existing infrastructures, namely the Mont Royal tunnel, Central Station (rail infrastructure) and the Viaduc du Sud, have been or will be acquired and grouped in a new subsidiary of la Caisse ( to ensure continued public use.
This subsidiary will maintain these infrastructures shared with current and future operators. It will also generate a stable commercial return comparable to that of assets already in the portfolio.

Groupe NouvLR

  • SNC Lavalin Grands Projets Inc.
  • Dragados Canada Inc.
  • Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée
  • Pomerleau Inc.
  • EBC Inc.

Participants (NouvLR Conception):

  • SNC Lavalin Inc.
  • Aecom Consultants Inc.

Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM)

  • Alstom Transport Canada Inc.
  • SNC-Lavalin O&M Inc.