REM light rail structures take shape in Montreal’s West Island – Montreal

Construction of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) light rail system is entering a new phase in the West Island of Montreal.

Work began on Wednesday to erect the aerial structures that will carry the tracks of the new REM light rail system, the final stage of construction of the track that will replace the old Deux-Montagnes commuter train line that crossed the borough. of Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

The structures will be erected between the Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Sunnybrook stations.

“Over the next few weeks, we will be building 1.6 kilometers of aerial structure in this sector,” said Rouillard-Moreau, Emmanuelle, spokesperson for CDPQ Infra, the body responsible for building the new rail system.

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“It’s historic for us,” Borough Mayor Dimitrios ‘Jim’ Beis said. “For people who live in this area and have been here for decades, to see this come up in our neighborhood is amazing.”

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It’s a view shared by people who congregated throughout Wednesday, marveling at how it’s constructed.

“It’s unbelievable,” exclaimed Reinhard Sprogis, looking at the workers. “My wife and I live just down the street and we wanted to see how it all came together.”

When the project was first announced, residents were concerned about the impact of the final project.

One issue was confidentiality. The elevated trains will overhang people’s homes. Another was parking.

“We have about 900 parking spaces in the Roxboro station with Sunnybrook,” Beis said, referring to the old commuter train stops. “We were told these would be maintained.”

Some of these issues were raised in a recent briefing. REM officials have promised to continue talking to residents to resolve any issues.

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People like Sandy Weigens, who used to ride the commuter train, can’t wait for this project to happen

“It’s taking a long time,” he noted, “and as a commuter, I wish it was over now.”

The commuter line was closed to build the REM, so people are eager to see this operational. The new trains are expected to be on the tracks by the end of 2023.

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