Turcot Yard reconstruction project: Arrondissement de Lachine presents its brief



    MONTREAL, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Arrondissement de Lachine took the
opportunity offered by the public hearings on the Turcot Yard reconstruction
project organized by the Bureau des audiences publiques sur l'environnement
(BAPE) to present its public transit project aimed at mitigating the impact
created by the project on the quality of life of Lachine residents.
    In its brief, Arrondissement de Lachine explained that the Turcot Yard
reconstruction will have a significant impact on vehicle traffic which is
already heavy during rush hour. Arrondissement de Lachine also stated that the
Turcot Yard reconstruction project opens the opportunity to introduce a means
of heavy public transit at a reasonable cost and within a short time-span.
Experience shows that a number of public transit projects were created as
mitigation measures aimed at reducing the impact on traffic during major road
construction projects, notably the reserved lane for buses along boulevard
Crémazie and suburban train service between Montreal and Blainville as well as
Mont-Saint-Hilaire.

    The tram-train: a structuring mitigation measure

    Arrondissement de Lachine proposes that a tram-train service between
Lachine and the Montreal downtown core be established. This project presents a
number of advantages including low cost and a significant improvement in
public transit service. The tram-train would also favour the economic
development of the western sector of Montréal. "Our population has constantly
been on the rise over recent years and residential development will only
increase due to the large number of development projects to come," explained
borough of Lachine Mayor, Claude Dauphin.
    "It is essential that we offer our residents alternatives to driving
their cars. In the short term, we foresee that the tram-train would take 2,300
commuters off the road. With the creation of park and ride service, the
tram-train would also serve people outside Lachine who would benefit from this
highly interesting mitigation measure," Mr. Dauphin added.
    Concretely, the tram-train would run on the old CN line along rue
Victoria. The proposed route would only require the laying of 2.5 kilometres
of track. A number of stations would be established in Lachine and the
tram-train would offer a fast, direct service into the downtown core. This
means of transportation would enter into service 18 to 24 months after the
start of work. "With the reconstruction of the Turcot Yard, establishment of
the tram-train becomes a priority. Our project already benefits from large
scale support, be it from various organizations or the business community,"
Mr. Dauphin stated.
    Integrated into the Ville de Montréal during the last wave of municipal
mergers, Arrondissement de Lachine is made up of three areas: the limits of
the former Ville de Saint-Pierre, the basically residential area located south
of Highway 20 and the industrial park just north of Highway 20 along Highway
13.
    Lachine currently has a population of 42,444 though this number is
expected to increase by 14% over the next decade. It should be noted that the
borough is presently served by three means of public transit, city buses, a
commuter train and the taxi-bus service between the industrial park, the train
station and the south section of Lachine. In this regard, the modal portion of
public transit in the borough totals only 16% while it represents 23% overall
for the Island of Montreal.




For further information:

For further information: Karine Bélisle, Communications Officer, Borough
of Lachine, Ville de Montréal, (514) 634-3471, ext. 210

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