MONTREAL — CDPQ Infra has released details and drawings for the new Griffintown – Bernard-Landry station, part of the $6.5-billion Reseau express metropolitain (REM) LRT project in Montreal.
The station will be set in the Griffintown neighbourhood between Ottawa and William streets and integrated into the southbound overpass railway structure, a bridge building allowing access to Central Station from the south, explained a June 22 release.
The railway bridge building southbound overpass was built in two phases between 1931 and 1943 for Canadian National, to link Victoria Bridge with Central Station. The building will be refurbished as part of the REM project.
The REM route is elevated in this region and so the site could accommodate a second station to serve the Pointe-Saint-Charles district in a subsequent phase, the release noted.
Commissioning of the new automated, electric LRT system is expected in 2023. It will be 67 kilometres long with 26 stations linking downtown Montreal, the South Shore, the West Island, the North Shore and Montreal-Trudeau airport.
Bernard Landry is the former premier of Quebec.
“Today, we are announcing the location of the last of the 26 stations that are part of the current phase of the REM construction project,” said CDPQ Infra executive Harout Chitilian in a statement. “This station has a special character. Initially absent from the project in 2016, we have committed to adding a station to serve this high-potential area.
“This work could not have been done without the City of Montreal, which played a key role in choosing the location of this station. Almost 90 years after its construction, this link will be maintained indefinitely thanks to the arrival of the REM, a forward-looking transport network.”