A number of engineering and construction-related contracts for work on a US$5.3 billion light rail system in Montreal, Canada have been divvied out to several domestic and international firms.
The engineering and construction will be carried out by Canadian outfits SNC-Lavalin, Aecon, Pomerleau and EBC, along with US engineer Aecom and Dragados Canada (a subsidiary of Spain’s ACS).
The provision of the rolling stock will be handled by France’s Alstom Transport and SNC-Lavalin.
The Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) will be an automated 67km electric network with 26 stations, and will link downtown Montreal, the South Shore, the West Island, the North Shore and Montreal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
The competition for the contracts was run by a subsidiary of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ), the second largest pension fund in Canada.
“Through hard work with the consortiums, we met our objectives for the REM,” said Michael Sabia, chief executive of CDPQ. “The network will provide frequent and fast service, making the day-to-day easier for Greater Montréal.”
Meanwhile, Macky Tall, CDPQ Infra’s chief executive, added: “The REM’s construction will contribute to Québec’s economic development by creating at least 34,000 local jobs.
“We’re excited to soon see a brand new public transportation network built with cutting-edge technology in Greater Montréal.”