by Tiana May
08 Aug 2022
The Samuel de Champlain Bridge in Quebec, Canada opened to light rail traffic for the first time on 27 July 2022.
This bridge will be part of Montreal’s upcoming Réseau express métropolitain (REM) light rail network.
The bridge opened to pedestrians and road vehicles three years ago.
The Samuel de Champlain Bridge is now a multimodal crossing connecting the cities of Brossard and Montreal. It is 3.4 kilometres long with three decks and is one of the widest bridges in the world, its deck width being 50m. Two of the bridge’s decks are for road vehicles as well as buses, pedestrians and cyclists, while one deck will be dedicated to the REM network.
Systra’s IBT and SYSTRA Canada teams together with T.Y. Lin are now working on the certification of the bridge’s tracks.
SYSTRA IBT, T.Y. Lin and SNC Lavalin worked on the construction of the bridge.
This bridge forms part of the REM rail network under construction in Montreal that when completed will measure 67km and serve 26 stations in the greater metropolitan area using driverless automatic Alstom Metropolis trains.
The South Shore section will be the first of three phased openings of the network and is due to become operational in December 2022. This section will feature three stations – Panama, Du Quartier and Bossard. The Samuel De Champlain Bridge connects the city of Bossard to Montreal across the St. Lawrence River, specifically to Île-des-Soeurs station.
Once fully built, the REM system will improve connectivity in Montreal and will provide a transport link to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Downtown Montreal.
Alstom has delivered the first of 60 new Flexity trams (streetcars) to the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
Edmonton’s Valley Line Southeast light rail transit (LRT) will open for passenger service on Saturday 4 November.
Metrolinx has appointed AECOM to serve as the technical advisor for its Hamilton Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in Ontario, Canada.
Class I freight railroad company, CSX has expanded its partnership with Siemens Mobility to implement digital solutions for freight rail.
Canada's Minister for Transport, Pablo Rodriguez has launched the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the nation's High Frequency Rail project.
Alstom has concluded its demonstration of the first hydrogen-powered train to provide commercial service in North America.
TransLink has released initial images of its new Mark V cars, which have been manufactured by Alstom to operate on the Vancouver SkyTrain.
Cando Rail & Terminals has announced that it is developing a lithium-ion battery-powered switching locomotive for in-yard operations.
Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) has ordered 18 fuel cell engines from Ballard Power Systems to expand its Hydrogen Locomotive Program.
CDPQ Infra has inaugurated the first segment of the REM automated urban rail system, connecting Montreal’s South Shore with Central Station
The Government of Canada has invited three candidates to move to the RFP stage of the nation's High Frequency Rail project.
The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) South Shore metro service has begun final testing prior to its commissioning in Montreal, Canada.
Under a partnership with the Government of Québec, Alstom has launched the first passenger train in North America to be powered by hydrogen.
Tunnel-boring machine (TBM), Phyllis has broken through to the Broadway-City Hall Station on the Broadway Subway Project in Vancouver.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have released a RFQ for the Advance Tunnel Contract package for the Yonge North Subway Extension.
Canadian National (CN), Union Pacific (UP) and GMXT have established Falcon Premium, an intermodal service between Mexico, the US and Canada.
Québec City has awarded a 900 million EUR contract to Alstom for the supply of 34 Citadis trams for the Québec City Tramway.
Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have officially combined to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC).
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued RFPs for two major works packages for Toronto's Ontario Line.
The US Surface Transportation Board (STB) has provided approval for the merger of Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS).
Canada's Minister of Transport has announced 5.4 million CAD in funding to support projects under its Rail Climate Change Adaptation Program.
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Transport Canada has launched a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the High Frequency Rail project between Québec and Toronto.
Alstom will operate its Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered train on the Réseau Charlevoix rail network in Quebec, Canada.
STM has announced that over 565 million CAD is being invested to equip the Montréal Metro with a new train control system.
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The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has launched a call for tenders to construct the Blue line metro extension in Montréal, Quebec.
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario has selected the development partner for the Scarborough Subway Extension's SRS contract.
The City of Calgary has unveiled a mock-up of the new low-floor Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) that will operate on its Green Line.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have contracted Hitachi Rail's Connect 6ix consortium to deliver the Ontario Line RSSOM package.
VIA Rail has awarded contracts to modernise its maintenance centres in Toronto and Montréal for its Corridor Fleet Replacement Program.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have awarded a 6bn CAD contract to Ontario Transit Group for the Ontario Line South Civil package.
Tunnel excavation will now begin on Vancouver’s Broadway Subway project. This will extend the city’s Millennium Line by 5.7 kilometres.
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The Arctic Gateway Group, which owns and operates the Hudson Bay Railway, will receive funding of 147.6 million USD over the next two years.
Alstom has announced that it will establish an innovation centre for green rail mobility solutions at its Americas headquarters in Quebec.
Metrolinx has announced that key sections of track have now been installed for the Finch West LRT project in Toronto, Canada.
ONxpress Transportation Partners has signed a multi-billion USD, 25-year agreement with Metrolinx for the On-Corridor Works Project.
Alstom has signed a contract with Metrolinx to refurbish 94 BiLevel series VII commuter rail cars for GO Transit.
The second of two Alstom light rail vehicles (LRV) has now arrived at the Finch West Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) in Toronto.
Workers in Schwanau, Germany, have been busy manufacturing t the Scarborough Subway Extension’s tunnel boring machine (TBM).
A revised agreement in principle has been signed finalising the scope and vision of Toronto's SmartTrack Stations program.
The last in an order of 36 new GO train coaches from Alstom has now arrived at Metrolinx’s Willowbrook facility in Etobicoke, Canada.
The first Alstom light rail vehicle has arrived at the Finch West Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) from Alstom’s plant in Brampton.
Alstom has signed a contract with the Toronto Transit Commission for the supply of 60 five-car Flexity trams (streetcars).
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