This year’s field trip was hosted for a tour of Montreal Light System Trial, showcasing The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) which is an automated light rail system with 26 universally accessible stations across Greater Montréal. Its construction progress is organized into three phases, with the South Shore to Central Station segment currently in full operation. Anticipated for completion by the end of 2024, the West Island, North Shore, and Central Montréal segments promise to revolutionize commuter experience. Furthermore, the Airport segment is slated to reach completion in 2027, in partnership with Aéroports de Montréal.
This event was a joint organization between the 2023 executive committee and student member. Together, we navigated this new network over a weekend, gaining invaluable insights into its operational intricacies.
The introduction of the REM signifies a monumental leap forward in providing citizens with a swift, reliable mode of transportation. For our transportation students, it presents an extraordinary opportunity to witness firsthand the inner workings of this cutting-edge system. By immersing themselves in its operations, students are encouraged to delve deeper into the realm of autonomous technology, pondering the myriad benefits it brings to urban mobility.
Participation in this event not only enriched our understanding of the REM but also fostered a sense of camaraderie among attendees, as we collectively explored the possibilities this transformative transportation solution offers to our city and its future.