It's a go for the REM!

Today was the first official groundbreaking ceremony for the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).

During this ceremony, the President and CEO of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Michael Sabia; Québec Premier Philippe Couillard; The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada; Mayor of Montreal Valérie Plante; President and CEO of SNC Lavalin Neil Bruce, representing the NouvLR General Partnership; and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alstom Henri Poupart-Lafarge, representing the Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM), spoke and and took questions from journalists.

The REM is an electric and fully automated light rail transit network designed to facilitate mobility across the Greater Montreal Region. Spanning 67 kilometres of double track and boasting 26 stations, it will link the South Shore, North Shore, West Island, downtown Montreal, and the Pierre-Elliot Trudeau Airport, and connect with existing bus networks, commuter trains and with the Montréal metro Blue, Green and Orange lines.

NouvLR General Partnership, composed of SNC-Lavalin Major Projects Inc., Dragados Canada, Inc., Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée and EBC Inc., finalized today an agreement for a fixed price EPC contract worth $5 billion with CDPQ Infra for the Infrastructure Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the Réseau express métropolitiain. Pomerleau brings specific abilities in design-build and transportation environments to the REM project and will require significant new resources.

“Pomerleau is proud to be part of this landmark project that will redefine transportation for communities both on and off the island of Montreal. We are pleased to share our design-build and transportation expertise on this project to make the lives of citizens of Greater Montreal easier and more efficient,” said Pomerleau President & CEO Pierre Pomerleau. “And workforces like ours will grow due to infrastructure projects such as this one. Communities will benefit in so many ways,” he added.

In order to make this flagship project possible, many jobs will be filled in the upcoming months. If the challenge interests you and you would like to participate in redefining the landscape of the Greater Montreal, consult the available positions here.