MONTREAL – CDPQ Infra, the owner of the REM light rail transit project currently under construction in Montreal, has announced a delay in the commissioning of five stations on the South Shore.
The stations, originally targeted for a winter 2023 opening, will now be commissioned in the spring.
In a statement issued Oct. 21, the owner said supply chains, the price of goods and the availability of manpower have been major challenges the past 30 months. This has put the timetable for final testing during winter months, which is “not optimal for the implementation of a new transportation network, nor for the required redeployment of our partners’ bus networks.”
“We fully understand the users who are eager to see the REM’s service launch. Our teams have worked hard in the last few months in a challenging environment to deliver a reliable network. Taking a few more months to deliver an experience that lives up to expectations was the responsible decision to make,” stated Jean-Marc Arbaud, CEO of CDPQ Infra.
Work on the project began in 2018. The system will have 67 kilometres of track and 26 stations.