This is what the voice of Montreal’s new REM light rail will sound like

Montreal’s $6.3 billion light rail network continues to be full to smoke electric to come, and the voice of the new public transport network has been chosen.

The REM (Réseau express métropolitain) organized a survey of Montrealers to choose the new voice of the network. On Thursday, the rapid transit network announced that the voice of Quebec actress Caroline Dhavernas would be heard throughout the network.

According to REM, more than 35,000 Montrealers voted for Dhavernas, which beat out two competitors.

But the voice of Montreal’s new public transit system runs a little deeper. Dhavernas is the daughter of Michèle Deslauriers, the official voice of the STM (Société de transport de Montréal) since 2003.

“Unknowingly, the population voted for a voice that echoed that of the Montreal Metro,” says the REM.

You can hear what Dhavernas’ REM voice sounds like here, as well as the two other competitors who were not selected.

When completed, the REM will be the fourth largest automated transportation system in the world, according to the REM, after Singapore (82 km), Dubai (80 km) and Vancouver (68 km).

The 67 km integrated rail network will provide access to 27 stations in the Montreal network and will run 20 hours a day, seven days a week.

The light rail system is expected to be open to commuters by summer 2022 and expected to be fully operational at West Island and Trudeau Airport branches by 2024.

Jose P. Rogers