Earlier today, exo Metropolitan transport network announced that the closure of the Mont-Royal tunnel and the start of the mitigation measures initially planned for January 6th, 2020 have been postponed to March 30th, 2020.

This means that on January 6, the trains on the Deux-Montagnes and Mascouche lines will continue to run according to the current schedules and routes, until March 30, 2020.

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Many commuters question if the postponed tunnel closure will mean that the total duration of the closure will be extended. The CDPQ has confirmed that, “this postponement will not impact the total time the tunnel will be closed or the overall timing for commissioning thanks to an acceleration of work on all branches”.

The CDPQ has also stated that this postponement “will also remove one winter season from the period during which alternative public transportation measures will be implemented”.

However, this delay will increase the overall cost of the project by $230 Million totalling the final cost at $6.5 billion.

Fare reduction measures will be provided for riders beginning in 2020 consisting of “a free monthly fare for January and up to 30% off the cost of monthly TRAIN and TRAM fares from January to March.”

Construction of the REM is set to last until 2023 with first departures expected on the South Shore in 2021.