As the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) develops and builds the Réseau Electrique métropolitain (REM) automotive electric train system, the provincial government has dedicated $330 M to store the future trains. The provincial government already intends to spend $1.3 billion for Montreal's new trains in 2017 and intends to complete work by 2020. This latest feature of the project demonstrates a commitment by the provincial government to see the new system will have a strategically placed station to serve the city’s transit needs. The new garage will allow the STM to perform repairs and maintenance checks in a new, modern building.
The garage itself is an example of integrating the needs of both future and existing transit systems. Even though Montreal’s REM is an independent automated transit system, STM has planned for this station to be able to accommodate rolling stock from both REM stock and the additional subway cars needed for an expansion of the blue line, one of the four major lines that make up Montreal Metro, and allows for the STM to have shorter intervals between trains for the busy Montreal Metro’s orange line.
Montreal is already leaping ahead with a number of investments aimed at increasing the mobility of the city, as stated by Mr. Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, “For the city, this means a major investment that will help to support a modern, productive and efficient offer of service, for the benefit of transit users. Kicking off this project is therefore in line with a series of recently announced investments, including the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) commuter line and STM’s new bus garage in the city’s Bellechasse area. These major projects serve to confirm the city’s leadership role in terms of innovation, as well as electric, sustainable mobility.”