Guided Visit of McGill Station on Montreal's Réseau Express Métropolitain - August 2022
Located in the heart of Montreal's downtown core, the REM's McGill station is connected to the metro's green line, will be one of three stations located in the Mount Royal tunnel, and one of two stations that did not previously exist on the exo Deux-Montagnes line. Built underneath Avenue McGill College, special engineering and construction techniques were required to not cause damage or disturb the surrounding buildings, such as Place Montréal Trust, Centre Eaton Montréal and the Banana Republic, to name a few.
When commissioned, the station located 10 meters underground will be accessible via the existing underground corridor connecting Place Montréal Trust to the Centre Eaton Montréal, as well through a separate access from McGill metro station. The REM station will connect the borough of Ville-Marie and downtown to destinations north such as Outremont via Edouard-Montpetit station, Deux-Montagnes and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to the west, and south to Brossard and the south shore. Finally, the station will offer fast connections in minutes between the Metro's green, orange and blue lines through the Mount Royal tunnel.
The construction of this station posed many technical challenges, especially since it is located underneath existing buildings and skyscrapers. To dig this station, the existing tunnel needed to be enlarged, and new accesses from the station cavern created, elements that did not previously exist. Steel and concrete supports were created to reinforce and further support the surrounding buildings. Final destination: commissioning in 2024!
In this video, we take you through a guided tour offered to content creators in August 2022 of the station under construction. Journey deep underground, down to the Mont-Royal rail tunnel, now more than 100 years old, and the future route of the REM.