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Ground broken on REM station at Montreal airport

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Ground broken on REM station at Montreal airport

MONTREAL — Montreal’s airport authority broke ground and officially launched construction of the future Reseau express metropolitain (REM) station at YUL Montreal-Trudeau International Airport July 19.

Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) awarded the project management contract to a consortium composed of Pomerleau, SNC-Lavalin and Kiewit (PSK Construction). As partners of the program, they will be mandated to identify opportunities for optimizing the schedule and phasing of the work while ensuring that impacts on passenger service are minimized, indicates a release.

The installation of technical equipment (platform screen doors, rails, electric power supply, communication and control systems, etc.) will be carried out as part of the REM project. Excavation to build the station will be at a depth of 35 meters under the multi-level parking complex, which will be completely covered by a green roof with solar panels. The project will be built in keeping with sustainable building standards.

The REM will transport users from downtown to the airport in around 20 minutes. The first REM metro car is expected to enter the station in 2023.

Representing an investment of more than $2.5 billion from ADM, the program is one of the largest private infrastructure projects in Quebec. ADM will assume the $250 million investment related to the construction of the REM station.

The construction of the REM station is part of a larger project, the cityside development program, which will include rebuilding the multi-level parking complex and the drop-off/pick-up zones at YUL, access infrastructures that are at the end of their useful life and at full capacity, adds the release. A new space, YUL transit, will also be built underground where modes of public transport will converge

“For over 25 years, we have been waiting for our international airport to be connected to downtown Montreal by an efficient rail link.

“This structuring project is the first step in an ambitious redevelopment of our access infrastructures that will enable us not only to respond adequately to the growth of passenger traffic at YUL, but also to improve the inter-modality of the airport site to make it more accessible for the benefit of travellers, as well as to put an end road congestion challenges,” said Philippe Rainville, president and CEO of ADM, in a statement.

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