Montreal is getting a brand-new light rail system to complement public transit in our city! The project is slated to be finished and open to the public in 2020, and construction work has already begun in certain areas. Now, the REM’s creators want YOU to weigh in on what the actual wagons will look like!
The Casse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) has created three distinct designs for the future trains, each representing part of Montreal’s history and highlighting a feature of the new REM.
1. The “Saint-Laurent”
Its headlights mimic the shape of the supporting cables on the new Champlain Bridge. It’s meant to celebrate a new era of cross-river transit, with a much faster crossing time than by car, especially during rush hour.
2. The “Mont-Royal”
Designed to boast the extremely rapid transit times between downtown and Édouard-Montpetit (on the UdeM campus), this train design has headlights meant as a subtle nod to the angel’s wings on the Sir Georges-Étienne-Cartier monument.
3. The “Expo”
These “wing-like” headlights are meant to underscore the vastly-improved transit time between downtown Montreal and the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau Airport (just 20 minutes). Meanwhile, its geometric colours are a wink to Expo 67.
Which design is your favourite?
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