NO to embankments, NO to the demolition of 166 housing units, But YES to the tramway trains and trolleybuses!

    Vision Montréal demands a new project for the reconstruction of the
    Turcot Complex

    MONTREAL, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Louise Harel, Vision Montréal's leader
elect and mayoralty candidate, presented, today, a proposition for the
reconstruction works of the Turcot Complex, within the consultations held by
the Bureau des audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE). According to
Vision Montréal, the project, submitted to public consultation, does not
answer to the principles of sustainable development to which our City strongly
adheres, particularly in regards to the environment, collective transportation
and Montrealers' quality of life. Vision Montreal demands a new project.
    "Quebec's project goes against the vision of the City of Montréal's
Transportation Plan. It is necessary to significantly reduce our dependence on
automobiles, by massive investments in collective and active means of
transportation," indicated Mrs Harel, during her presentation at the public
consultation. "It is furthermore astounding that Montreal is, yet again,
trailing behind Quebec. Montreal must demand to be a key player in the
elaboration of the new Turcot project," she added.
    In its position paper, Vision Montréal submitted concrete recommendations,
    - To preserve in height, and not on embankments, the structures to be
      rebuilt, which will allow the protection of 166 housing units from
    - To finance two structuring collective transportation projects that will
      allow us to significantly reduce the dependence on automobiles, to
      relieve commuter trains and offer quality and performing alternative
      transportation: the Lachine tramway train, and a trolleybus route
      (electric buses) in the area surrounding the 20 Expressway;
    - To protect and develop the ecoterritory of the Falaise St. Jacques in a
      linear green space, which represents an equivalent area to the one of
      the park of the Mount Royal;
    - To realize, in tunnel, the 720 Expressway - be the section that goes
      from the Turcot interchange to the Guy exit-, in order to link the new
      and existing tunnel;
    - To use air laws to lay out a multi-purpose life environment.

    Negative impacts of the project are considerable. This is why we ask the
Quebec Ministry of Transportation (MTQ) to return to the drawing board, in
order to create a road infrastructure that better answers the population's
imperative requirements of public health, quality of life and environment. The
City of Montréal, the boroughs and the population involved must be closely
associated to project's elaboration, for it will be of the greatest
consequences for them.
    "The necessary rebuilding of the Turcot interchange must be an
opportunity of urban revitalisation for Montreal," concluded Mrs Harel.
    The following persons participated in the presentation of Vision
Montréal's position paper: Mrs Louise Harel, Vision Montréal's leader elect
and mayoralty candidate; Ms Line Hamel, City Councillor, St-Henri/La
Petite-Bourgogne/Pointe-Saint-Charles; Mr. Benoit Labonté, Leader of the
Official Opposition of the City Of Montréal; Mr. Jean-Yves Cartier, City
Councillor, Saint-Paul-Emard, and Mr. Ronald Bossy, Borough Councillor,

For further information:

For further information: To obtain a copy of the position paper, please
contact: Marie-Hélène d'Entremont, Vision Montréal, (514) 861-4455, Cell:
(514) 792-2334

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