Engineering and technology group Sener has been selected to participate as the Independent Checker Engineer (ICE) on the new Montreal REM (Réseau Express Metropolitain), whose first segment between Brossard and Gare Centrale stations opened on July 31.
This 17-kilometer South Shore section is served by five stations that will provide access from Brossard to downtown Montreal in under 18 minutes.
Upon completion, REM will be one of the largest public transport projects in Quebec in 50 years, consisting of a 67-kilometers-long (41.6 miles) integrated fully automated metro system, 18.2 kilometers of which are on elevated structures. It will be served by 26 stations (five underground, eight in viaduct and 13 on surface) connecting downtown Montreal, the South Shore, the West Island, the North Shore and Montreal–Trudeau airport.
As the ICE, Sener says it is responsible for independently checking the contractor’s design to verify compliance with the technical requirements of design and construction defined in the contract. Sener also verifies the compliance with the local applicable regulations and produces certificates and a report of conformity.
CDPQ Infra (Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec) is responsible for the planning, financing and completion of the Montreal REM, and continues to build the rest of the C$6.9 billion project supported by the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada.
“At Sener, we feel ourselves as true protagonists in the improvement of mobility of people in major Canadian cities, especially here in Montreal, through the contribution of our technical knowledge and experience,” said Angel Ares, Senior VP of Sener in Canada. “It is a real pleasure to be part of these challenges faced by the country in the modernization and improvement of transportation infrastructure, and to see the extraordinary results. That means faster commute, less time in traffic and more money in people’s pockets as they trade their cars for a subway ticket.”