Public Transportation in Montréal - « Montréal is the victim of a lack of leadership in Québec. Enough analysis, now is the time to act! » - Gérard Deltell

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Leader of Action démocratique du Québec, Mr. Gérard Deltell, with Mr. Claude Garcia, chair of the policy committee, "deplore(s) the pitiful state of the transportation infrastructures in Montréal and demand(s)that more immediate public transportation measures be taken to alleviate the impacts of major road works, present and future".

The measures proposed by Action Démocratique du Québec include

  • The addition of new tracks within the existing right of way of the commuter train at a cost of $419 million so as to triple the frequency of the commuter train service from downtown Montréal to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
  • The all-together abandonment of the rail link project between downtown Montréal and Trudeau Airport.

The ADQ proposal, totally in line with the AMT strategic plan presented earlier last week, would complete to great advantage the measures already announced on August 25 by the government.  "Tripling the frequency of the commuter train all the way to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue would be a much more beneficial project for the region.  It would serve both the population of the West Island and Trudeau Airport while contributing to ease pressure on highways, reducing by an estimated 13,000, the number of trips made every day by automobiles on our roads" said Policy Committee Chair Claude Garcia.

For Mr. Garcia: "The reconstruction of the Turcot interchange will go on for years and will be the cause of more and more painful traffic until 2018, mostly for residents of the West Island. Thus the urgency to put in place responsible solutions that will diversify the offer in public transportation, particularly by increasing the offer for commuter trains.  If we start now, this can be done within two years".  A point of view shared by Dino Mazzone, a city councillor and resident of the West Island.  For him, "Traffic congestion has major impact on the population and the economic activities in the West Island. One good way to lessen these impacts is certainly to increase the efficiency and the frequency of the commuter trains."


For further information:

Source: Action démocratique du Québec;
Additional Information: Dominique Duchesne - Tel. 514-916-0532

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