Montreal’s new rail project that will connect the city to its suburbs and to its international airport is officially a go.
Michael Sabia, head of the province’s public pension fund manager, announced the two consortiums selected to build the project Thursday in Montreal.
The light-rail project will now cost $6.3 billion and is expected to be ready by the summer of 2021.
The plan has been slightly changed and it will now include 26 stations along a 67-kilometre automated light rail network. The Caisse de depot pension fund along with the Quebec and federal governments are contributing to the project. The plan was first announced in January 2015.
Sabia announced that a consortium of SNC-Lavalin, Dragados, Aecon, Pomerleau and EBC will be responsible for engineering, procurement and construction, while Alstom and SNC-Lavalin will provide the cars.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau were on hand for the announcement.
By The Canadian Press