The Metropolitan Express Network (REM) will ultimately not be extended to Chambly and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec having issued a negative opinion after analyzing this 22km extension.
This was confirmed on Radio-Canada this morning by the Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for the Montreal region Chantal Rouleau. The Minister nevertheless confirms that there will indeed be a public transport offer:
“The Caisse de dépôt does not want to continue REM’s work in this sector. There is no saving in terms of time for users in the current observations, and neither does it meet the requirements of the Caisse de dépôt’s economic model in terms of traffic. But there will be public transit, there will be reserved lanes. ”
This extension was an electoral promise of the Coalition futur Quebec (CAQ).
More details to come.