A partnership between Aecom and SNC-Lavalin has been selected by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) to design the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) in Montreal.
As part of the 67km project, AECOM with SNC-Lavalin will design tunnels, bridges, stations, and the railway infrastructure including tracks, power and traction systems and road improvements.
The C$6.3bn (£3.6bn) rapid transit system will connect the Greater Montreal area with Downtown Montreal, with four branches spanning out into the suburbs, including to the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Aecom’s chairman and chief executive officer Michael S. Burke said: “We are delighted to contribute AECOM’s global design expertise and local talent toward the success of this landmark project.
“The REM will significantly enhance sustainable mobility in the greater Montréal area. Through interconnection with bus networks, commuter trains and the Montréal metro, the REM will help ease traffic congestion and reduce GHG emissions, accelerating Québec’s transition to a low-carbon economy.”
Once built, the REM will be the fourth largest automated transportation network in the world after those of Singapore, Dubai and Vancouver.
Source: CDPQ Infra
Aecom and SNC-Lavalin are part of a larger consortium called NouvLR working on the project, which includes Dragados Canada, Pomerleau and EBC.
SNC-Lavalin’s president infrastructure Ian Edwards added: “Thanks to the great cooperation of the partners and teamwork shown by SNC-Lavalin’s Infrastructure group, we will be able to participate in this innovative and significant project.
“For over 40 years, our rail and transit solutions have helped people around the world reach their destination quickly and efficiently. We are proud to have been chosen - all the more so since it is based in Montreal, the city of SNC-Lavalin’s founding over 100 years ago.”
Construction will start in April, with initial testing being conducted at the end of 2020. The first passengers will be using the new system in the summer of 2021.