After unveiling the light-rail vehicles that will be running on Montreal's upcoming 67-kilometre public transit network in April 2019, the official station names for 25 of the 26 new stations have been announced. Only eight stations in the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project have changed names from their original monikers, and existing stations connected to the Montreal Metro will retain their names to avoid confusion.
The names for new REM service points were influenced by the geolocation of the stations, referencing the immediate intersection or city names. The planned station in Montreal's Griffintown neighbourhood has not yet been given a designation. It will be announced at a joint press conference with the City of Montreal at an undetermined date.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has suggested naming the station after late Quebec premier Bernard Landry, but a petition launched by the area's Irish community is pushing for the station to recognize the neighbourhood's historic working-class roots. The station will also be within close proximity to a mass grave of approximately 6,000 Irish immigrants who died from typhus in 1847 during the Great Famine.
The fully automated REM will link Downtown Montreal to its universities, the South Shore, the North Shore, the West Island and Montreal-Trudeau Airport. Featuring connections to the three main lanes of the Metro, with service to be provided 20 hours per day and seven days per week, the first stations on the South Shore are expected to welcome passengers in 2021. The entire network is scheduled for completion by 2023.
The official toponymy of the REM network is listed below:
- Du Ruisseau
- Central Station
- Du Quartier
- Des Sources
- YUL–Montréal–Trudeau Airport