On 8 February the Quebec institutional investor CDPQ Infra announced the winning bidders for the construction and operation of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM), the large automated metro project for the city of Montreal.
The contract for provision of rolling stock and systems and operation and maintenance was awarded to Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM), a consortium of Alstom Transport Canada Inc. and SNC-Lavalin O&M Inc.
The contract for infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction was awarded to Groupe NouvLR, composed of SNC Lavalin Grands Projets Inc., Dragados Canada Inc., Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Pomerleau Inc. and EBC Inc.
Construction works are scheduled to start in April 2018, initial testing at the end of 2020 and revenue service for the first branch in the summer of 2021.
REM will link downtown Montreal, South Shore, West Island, North Shore and the airport. It will include 26 stations and 67 km of double track with 4 branches, running at ground level, underground and overhead. Power will be supplied through catenary.
The initial fleet will have 240 cars. Trains are to be composed of four cars for a 600-passenger per train capacity at rush hour. At off-peak times, they will be composed of two cars.