Deux-Montagnes train users can expect more transit complications

Tougher commute on the way for Deux-Montagnes train users
WATCH: Users of the Deux-Montagnes train line will have to have patience as construction on the REM amps up. Plans to shuttle commuters to the Cote-Vertu Metro station have hit a snag— as the station will be closed for three months during the REM construction. Global's Elysia Bryan-Barnes has more.

Quebec Deputy Transport Minister Chantal Rouleau says transit officials are working on a new back-up plan for Deux-Montagnes train line commuters.

Last week, government officials announced that many commuters would be shuttled to Côte-Vertu Metro station as work ramps up on the $6.3-billion REM light rail train project.

The busy Deux-Montagnes train line will be partially closed in 2020. It will then completely shut down from 2021-2023.

READ MORE: REM officials lay out mitigation measures for commuters as construction ramps up

However, one problem with the plan is that Côte-Vertu Metro station will be closed for several months in 2020 so that an underground parking lot can be built.

“We won’t be sending people to a closed Metro station of course,” said Rouleau at a press conference on Monday.

Last week, Rouleau said that Côte-Vertu station was chosen because it was on the western side of the busy orange Metro line and could handle the extra 16,000 riders — but with the station being closed, officials are still deciding where to send transit users.

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“Maybe De la Savane station or several stations,” said Rouleau. “We are looking at the most comfortable solution for commuters.”

READ MORE: REM construction to impact Deux-Montagnes train service

Transit officials say commuters should prepare to add an extra 30-45 minutes to their daily commute.