Problems loom for commuter train users as REM construction officially begins

After years of talk, a shovel finally went into the ground — symbolically — on Thursday for the REM light-rail network.

Plans call for the network to run along two existing commuter train lines, and that will mean the construction work will lead to shutdowns on the commuter network.

Starting on April 27, trains traveling between Mascouche and downtown Montreal will be cancelled on Friday nights, right through the weekend.

There will also be weekend closures on the Deux-Montagnes line as well.

Those shutdowns will be in effect until at least the fall.