A surface metro for the West Island?
The group Train de l'Ouest, that's been pushing for improved transit service on the West Island for years, wants to remind people, they're still around, and they still want their demands addressed by the Marois government.
It's responding to recent transit announcements made by the government, most notably the announcement of five new metro stations to be built on the metro's blue line, going east.
Clifford Lincoln, the former West Island MP and Quebec cabinet minister who's been acting as the group's spokesperson, says they want much more train service between downtown and Ste-Anne de Bellevue by early next year — to the point where train service to and from the West Island is nearly as frequent as what the metro offers.
"We have a train service now," Lincoln says, "and what we want is to turn it into a surface metro. That's what we want, is to have as much frequency as the metro gives, except it'll be surface trains."
Lincoln is also requesting an overhaul of the Lucien L'Allier train station downtown.
Train de l'Ouest has formally requested a meeting with the transport minister before the end of the year.