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.
While 67% of economic activity from REM (roughly $4 billion) will be in Quebec, that doesn't include the trains that will end up running here. Those are being built by @AlstomIndia on the other side of the world. Reasoning is lower cost and "expertise is there." pic.twitter.com/0y83BonwKt— Andrew Brennan (@ACJBrennan) April 12, 2018
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.
Official groundbreaking of new REM light-rail network outside @newcitygas including @MarcGarneau, @phcouillard and @Val_Plante. First leg expected to be completed by summer 2021. Final cost confirmed at $6.3 billion. pic.twitter.com/Rm85m5SQAx— Andrew Brennan (@ACJBrennan) April 12, 2018