REM reveals names of Montreal light rail network stations with the exception of Griffintown

The REM will include 67 kilometres of tracks. Tim Sargeant/Global News

The stations along Montreal’s future light rail network all have their official names — with the exception of one spot that has been the topic of debate between the city and its Irish community.

The Réseau express métropolitain (REM) revealed the monikers of 25 of its 26 stations on Thursday morning as work continues to build the massive transit network.

“After a rigorous process establishing toponomy of the REM network, eight stations changed names to be better integrated into the metropolitan transport grid,” the organization said in a statement.

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The REM said it kept the names of existing stations directly connected to the network so as not to create confusion among commuters. For example, the Deux-Montagnes station will remain the same.

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When it comes to the new service points, the organization said it dubbed them after their locations. The Pointe-Claire station, for example, will be called Fairview-Pointe-Claire to avoid confusion with the commuter rail station.

The name of the station planned for Griffintown in Montreal’s Southwest borough won’t be announced until later but no date was given.

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The city’s proposal to name the station after late Quebec premier Bernard Landry has sparked backlash among Irish Montrealers.

Over the past few months, members of the community have argued the plan is an insult to Irish heritage.

“We’re certainly hopeful,” said Fergus Keyes, the director of Montreal Irish Memorial Park Foundation.

“If for some reason the announcement came out and they still intend to name it Griffintown-Bernard-Landry, then we simply have no intention of giving up the fight. It’s unacceptable to us.”

The light rail network will include 67 kilometres of tracks that will link Montreal, the south shore, the West Island and the north shore. It is expected to be completed by 2024.

The full list of names

  1. Deux-Montagnes
  2. Grand-Moulin
  3. Sainte-Dorothée
  4. Île-Bigras
  5. Pierrefonds–Roxboro
  6. Sunnybrooke
  7. Bois-Franc
  8. Du Ruisseau
  9. Montpellier
  10. Côte-de-Liesse
  11. Ville-de-Mont-Royal
  12. Canora
  13. Édouard-Montpetit
  14. McGill
  15. Central Station
  16. Île-des-Sœurs
  17. Panama
  18. Du Quartier
  19. Brossard
  20. Des Sources
  21. Fairview–Pointe-Claire
  22. Kirkland
  23. L’Anse-à-l’Orme
  24. Marie-Curie
  25. YUL–Montréal–Trudeau Airport
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