Two Montreal borough mayors are hoping a petition will help convince the government that the new Champlain bridge should have a light rail system.
Verdun Mayor Jean-François Parenteau and Sud-Ouest Mayor Benoit Dorais say there are multiple studies showing LRT are superiour to buses, and they can't wait for the results of yet another study to sway the province into choosing it over adding more buses.
Parenteau says the bridge needs to meet the demands of the future, and an LRT is a better bet in the long term over buses
"It's not only a bridge over the St. Lawrence River, it's a signature for Montreal," he told reporters at a press conference Friday.
However, LRT systems can cost an estimated $2 million, and while the federal government is building the bridge, the province is footing the bill for it and deciding what kind of transit will travel on it.
Ever since the Champlain replacement was announced, the city of Montreal's official opposition and other councillors have voiced a preference for a rail option, with the official opposition party, Projet Montreal, calling for a LRT.
The provincial government says it won't make a decision until next summer.
The petition is currently available on the National Assembly website.