Open letter by Pierre Dumouchel, Director General of ÉTS

The REM to be a catalyst for the development of ÉTS

May 7, 2018
In 2017, Montreal was named the world's Best University City, outranking Paris and London. The efforts deployed by Montreal universities to attract both local and foreign students benefit the city as a whole as well as its businesses, and drive R&D and the local economy.

And all this vitality in turn attracts... more students! This must continue for the benefit of the city.

Getting to Montreal can be a difficult task; and once in town, getting around by car or by bus is just as annoying.  On April 17th, Radio-Canada reported that “Time lost in traffic-jams gridlock north of Montreal has doubled over the past four years”. Within Griffintown and in the vicinity of ÉTS campus, the situation is no different.

ÉTS now has nearly 11,000 students, and that number is constantly rising. 48% of its student population lives outside Montreal and more specifically, 21% in the Laval, Laurentians and Lanaudière regions, and 20% in the Montérégie area. A new, efficient, fully automated and electrically powered transport system will be an excellent solution to connect Griffintown to the South and North Shore and to the rest of the public transit network. The Réseau express métropolitain (REM), will be an essential catalyst for the neighbourhood and ÉTS to maintain their growth and development.

As is the case with several other institutions, ÉTS provides many evening and weekend courses, periods when transit service is significantly pared down in municipalities on the outskirts of Montreal. Continuous REM service seven days a week and until late in the evening will enable more students to get to ÉTS at any time and without having to resort to using a car.

Finally, another important consideration—particularly for an engineering school—is that thousands of direct and indirect jobs will be generated during the REM's three-year construction phase.

Young engineers and engineering students will have the opportunity to contribute to the construction of the REM, just as similarly, dozens of ÉTS co-op students and graduates are currently involved in the construction of the new Champlain Bridge.

It is not every day that future engineers are given such an opportunity to acquire skills through a hands-on experience in the field by contributing to a large-scale, innovative project that brings together a wide variety of engineers: mechanical, construction, electrical, software, automation, logistics, and so on.

These young engineers, whether trained at ÉTS or elsewhere, will acquire invaluable skills. Local firms and businesses that subsequently hire them will thus find new employees with significant practical experience.

For all these reasons, we believe the REM will not only improve access to the ÉTS campus but also serve as a major catalyst for its development as well as that of Montreal and Québec.

Pierre Dumouchel
Director General, ÉTS

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