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The work surrounding the construction of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) in the Town centre is advancing steadily and about to intensify.

As you know, once the work is completed, the REM network will significantly reshape our railway system, often for the better. We recently announced the creation of a new public plaza above the tracks in our town centre between the Laird and Cornwall bridges—one of the perks that await us once the work is finished.

However before this can be achieved, traffic flow in the Town centre will be heavily obstructed by the ongoing work. From this fall until the new railway station opens in 2022, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists will be affected. Fortunately, this major construction is only temporary; it is important to keep this in mind.

The Cornwall Bridge (which does not belong to the Town), will be completely demolished and rebuilt starting this November. Some hundred metres farther south, the same will apply to the bridge spanning the railway at Jean-Talon Street.

For the duration of the construction on the two other bridges, traffic will be redirected to the Town’s Laird Bridge. It will become a two-way bridge at the centre of a detour system. We expect the bridge to become very busy and advise residents to plan their travels accordingly.

The work on the Cornwall Bridge also forces the temporary relocation of the bus terminal, which will remain in the Town centre, though slightly removed from the commotion. Starting in January 2020, to compensate for the commuter train interruption, a shuttle service will be available to facilitate Mount Royal commuters’ travel to the nearest metro stations. The interruption to train service will last just over two years, reopening in 2022.

Mount Royal does not have any decision-making power regarding the REM network. The work this fall and over the next two years is the sole responsibility of the provincial government and its representatives. In the meantime, the Town will do its best to ease this process.

Philippe Roy

Mayor

90 Roosevelt Avenue

Mont-Royal H3R 1Z5