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Alstom-SNC consortium wins $2.8B contract to build driverless rail system in Montreal

The deal includes opening an Alstom global centre of excellence in Montreal, which will employ 100 people to develop solutions that will be used in Alstom projects worldwide


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MONTRÉAL—Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM), the Alstom-led consortium with SNC-Lavalin, has signed a contract with CDPQ Infra to deliver a complete automatic and driverless light metro system, including rolling stock and signalling, as well as operation and maintenance services, for the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project in Montreal.

The total contract is worth approximately $2.8 billion, while Alstom’s share is estimated at $2.2 billion and SNC-Lavalin’s share is estimated at $600 million.

Upon completion, REM will be one of the world’s largest automated transport networks at 67 km long with 26 stations. It will connect downtown Montreal to the South Shore, the North Shore, the West Island and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Under the terms of the contract, Groupe PMM will supply 212 Alstom Metropolis metro cars (106 two-car trainsets), Alstom’s Urbalis 400 driverless and automated communications-based train control (CBTC) and Iconis control centre solutions, as well as platform screen doors, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 30 years of operations and maintenance services.

Groupe PMM is also responsible for train and system integration tests and depot equipment supply for train maintenance. The start of commercial service on the first segment of REM is expected in summer of 2021.

Groupe PMM’s partners will leverage their long established local Canadian expertise and international experiences in Vancouver, Ottawa, Singapore, Panama, Dubai, and Riyadh to deliver the REM project.

During the construction and the 30-year operations and maintenance period, Groupe PMM will create permanent, high quality, new and technology jobs locally, notably in the areas of automated system experts, rolling stock mechanics, control centre regulators, maintenance operators and control system specialists.

Groupe PMM will also create jobs for local suppliers that will contribute to the project not only during construction period but also during the 30 years of operations and maintenance. Of the overall economic activity generated by Groupe PMM, 67 per cent of the investments are expected to be made in Quebec.

Furthermore, the REM project will lead to the creation of an Alstom global centre of excellence in Montreal for the research and development of integrated systems of control in urban mobility. This centre will bring together approximately 100 professionals who will be tasked to leverage Montreal’s expertise in advanced digital technologies and artificial intelligence to develop solutions that will be used in Alstom projects worldwide.


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