Many officials elected from the northern crown of Montreal are demanding that the route of the future Eastern Metropolitan Express Network (REM) be extended to the other side of the Riviere des Prairies.
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“We see a great opportunity to address mobility issues in a sustainable way in the extension of the Eastern REM. Today we have not asked for permanent solutions to our needs,” said the mayor of Trent and president of the table and the Northern Crown (TPÉCN), which connects the five regional county municipalities (MRCs). Elected officials said Chantal Deschamps., And twenty municipalities.
At a press conference in support of these demands were attended by the mayors of the municipalities of Moscow, Terrebone, Boisbryand and Dukes-Montagnes.
Five mayors called for a “serious” study of the possibility of extending the REM from the east to the northern crown of Montreal, conducted by CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of the Kaisse de Depot at Placement du Quebec. Not very reliable and “lazy”
“As elected officials, we are both frustrated by the lack of severity of such studies, which demonstrates Kais’ lack of consideration for the Northern Crown and its citizens,” Ms Deschamps said.
According to her, the current transportation offer is not enough for the municipalities represented by TPÉCN.
When it comes to public transportation, the cities of Moscow, Terrebone and Ripentigni are served by a train station from each east. However, the line is rarely used, but exits are limited at maximum times.
“When we want to compare Eastern train services with what REM represents, this is really the future mode, where there will be rush hour service every 10 minutes. We will be able to travel longer distances,” Ms Deschamps explained.
The government responds
“We are taking action in a number of areas. The historic Eastern REM project will benefit the customers of the Northern Crown by drastically reducing travel time,” Florence Florde, email secretary to Transport Minister Franకోois Bonardell, said.
She also cited the Metropolitan Network of Reserve Lance Project, work on expanding A-19 and the project to establish a reserved lane on A-15 as an example of what the government is doing in response to requests for the Northern Crown.
“All these projects will change the face of dynamism in the North Crown by reducing congestion and significantly improving public transport services,” she said.