Montreal Is Building Incredible Future Transport System: From The $6BN REM To A Hyperloop For 2030
Réseau Électrique Métropolitain (REM) is a fully automated light rail transit (LRT) project proposed by CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, to serve the major metropolitan areas in Montréal, Canada.
The new facility will link downtown Montréal, South Shore, West Island (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue), North Shore (Deux-Montagnes), and the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
The project is expected to create approximately 7,500 jobs during construction phase and 1,000 permanent jobs when operational. It will also help reduce approximately 16,800t of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions a year.
The REM LRT project was announced in April 2016, construction woks are expected to start in the first half of 2017 and commercial operations are expected to begin in late-2020.
With an overall length of 67km, integrating ground, underground and overhead double tracks, the LRT is touted to become the world’s third biggest automated rail network.
The overall investment in the Canadian LRT project is estimated to reach $5.5bn, of which the developer will provide $3bn and the remaining will be met through contributions from the governments of Québec and Canada.
Future Hyperloop line :
A futuristic tube system that would sling passengers from Toronto to Montreal via Ottawa in 39 minutes has been chosen as the strongest Canadian contender to put what is for now a technological theory into practice.
A “hyperloop” uses electric propulsion to move magnetically levitated pods through low-pressure tubes, eliminating air resistance and friction, and enabling the pods to travel at a velocity approaching the speed of sound.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, introduced the hyperloop idea in 2013 and encouraged people and companies to expand on it.
A company called Hyperloop One, which is unaffiliated with Musk, is working to commercialize Musk’s concept. It introduced a global challenge in May 2016, calling for proposals for real world hyperloop networks. About 2,600 teams registered to take up the challenge, the company said.