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Réseau express métropolitain, Montréal's new transit system, with spokesperson Jean-Vincent Lacroix

The currently under construction Réseau express métropolitain, will be Montreal's newest transit system. Featuring 26 stations and a length of 67 kilometres, and stretching from the south shore to Deux-Montagnes in the north and Anse-à-l'Orme in the west, it is poised to transform rapid-transit in the Greater Montreal Region in the coming years.

Featuring exciting new underground stations in downtown Montreal, and passing underneath the imposing Mount Royal, it is sure an exciting time for the city.

In this video discussion with Jean-Vincent Lacroix, spokesperson for the REM, we discuss the system currently being built, the next steps and the organization behind this massive infrastructure project (CPDQ Infra).

 

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6 hours ago, webfil said:

Bad plastics, bad doors, bad welding, bad wires; the cars the Caisse was delivered are crap. Can you believe this? I can. (Hi, Ottawa!)

WYPFIWYG; what you pay for is what you get.

https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1839176/trains-voitures-rem-caisse-defaut-securite-inde-alstom

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En 2018, Radio-Canada avait révélé que les ouvriers d’Alstom à Sri City gagnaient 2 $ de l’heure avec un rythme de production plus intense qu’au Québec, où un soudeur gagne un salaire horaire d'environ 30 $.

Un cadre de l’entreprise avait alors assuré que quand on fait un transfert de technologie d’un pays à un autre, on transfère aussi la culture qualité et la culture du produit.

 

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On 11/13/2021 at 1:00 AM, downbeat said:

I was just reminded the domestically-built «Azur» métro cars didn't exactly have a smooth launch themselves … but that's all ancient history now.

As FelixINX said, I also hope these issues with the REM cars are resolved before opening day.

Well the big problem with Azur was the compatibility with the software that allows the train to run in automatic mode

That was the job of Ansaldo, an italian firm, the Quebec made part of the job was not at fault

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3 hours ago, eclair14 said:

Well the big problem with Azur was the compatibility with the software that allows the train to run in automatic mode

That was the job of Ansaldo, an italian firm, the Quebec made part of the job was not at fault

There was another problem, where the electrical contact shoe (or an adjacent system) was causing damage to the infrastructure. All the new trains had to be taken out of service for a time. Just found some old news articles about it:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/what-we-know-about-the-problems-with-the-azur-metro-cars-1.3937916

https://globalnews.ca/news/3210211/montreal-metro-to-reintroduce-azur-trains-after-equipment-problem/

Anyway, I didn't mean to derail (!) this thread by going off-topic  … but I agree with the initial reminder that all new rolling stock goes through teething pains of some sort.

Back to the REM! 😀

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16 minutes ago, webfil said:

So the "transit" agency that was created ex-nihilo and given every power possible to deliver a metro system on-time and on-budget will deliver 4 years late and at least $1.5B over budget.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/rem-delay-cdpq-infra-1.6494398

Nothing seems to ever get built on time or on budget. Reminds me of the Eglinton line in Toronto.

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1 hour ago, 2044 said:

Nothing seems to ever get built on time or on budget.

Indeed. That's why the general public gains nothing from giving the keys of the city to financial interests in order to build transit that's not even designed to meed demand, rather suck profits off real estate.

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Some articles appear to say 6 months of testing is required before a segment goes into service.

We are less than 6 months away from December 1st, and trains still haven't been able to be tested up until Central station. So is it really realistic that the REM will open in 2022?

Also, Griffintown—Bernard-Landry station seems to not be very advanced in construction. Will the work start to accelerate this summer, or will this station open late?

The catenary is not up from Brossard all the way to Central station, so that's a good sign.

 

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20 hours ago, Chris_the_traveller said:

Some articles appear to say 6 months of testing is required before a segment goes into service.

We are less than 6 months away from December 1st, and trains still haven't been able to be tested up until Central station. So is it really realistic that the REM will open in 2022?

Also, Griffintown—Bernard-Landry station seems to not be very advanced in construction. Will the work start to accelerate this summer, or will this station open late?

The catenary is not up from Brossard all the way to Central station, so that's a good sign.

Since the deal was closed quite late in the process (location, design, funding), the Griffintown station was already deemed to open after the commissioning of the South shore line. According to this article about the testing phases, the testing and completion of work can be concurrent (except for one month this summer), so it's still plausible to see inception of service before December. The trial run in normal commercial conditions but without passengers will occur this fall, for a full month, before the opening to general public.

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