Coderre releases transport plan
Denis Coderre's team hasn't put up election signsand he says they are not going to.
The mayoral candidate says he's being environmentally conscious; his transportation platform, released today, looks for greener alternatives to traffic congestion, but Coderre says his plan also includes better downtown parking for motorists.
“We have to learn to live together, it’s not an anti-car it’s a pro-alternative [stance],” said Coderre.
Other plans include building roughly 500 km of new bike lanes around the municipality, as well tripling the number of kilometers of reserved bus lanes, and bringing 4G and Wi-Fi service onto STM trains and buses, according to the mayoral hopeful.
Coderre added that, if possible, the platform would also see revenues from Montreal's parking authority subsidizing public transportation in the city.
He says he would also lend support to BIXI Montreal—despite concerns from Montreal's auditor general of its long term financial stability—but Coderre would not say whether the city would provide its support financially.
“BIXI will remain,” he said. “BIXI is a great ideabut I want to have some answers [on its financial future].
“I think it’s taxpayer moneyand best practice means transparency.”
The bike-sharing program is $42 million in debt with an operating deficit of $6.5 million, according to Réal Ménard, the city’s executive committee member who is responsible for transport.
Coderre also says he wants the metropolitan area and not the Agence métropolitaine de transport being primarily responsible for public transportation in the Greater Montreal area.
“Anything based on transport planification [sic] will be under the metropolitan committee,” he explained.
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