Borough mayors petitioning for LRT on new Champlain Bridge

The design for the proposed new Champlain Bridge is shown in an artist's rendering, released on Saturday May 31, 2014 in Montreal. (HO, Infrastructures Canada-Alexis Fortin Robitaille/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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.

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  1. Paul posted on 08/23/2014 06:41 AM
    Only $2 million for an LRT and we still can't afford it?
    Mr Charest gave away over $500 million during the metro car "deal".
    Bet we could use that money now!
  2. Maki posted on 08/23/2014 07:44 AM
    An LRT can cost 2 million? Are u sure about that? Im pretty sure it would cost way more. Why dont we let them build the bridge first. Ill believe it when I see it.
  3. Enzo posted on 08/23/2014 11:09 AM
    "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."

    SINCE WHEN is the Quebec government paying ANY part of the cost of the bridge? The feds are paying 100%. If the LRT goes in I believe Quebec would pay for that.
  4. David Logan posted on 08/23/2014 11:45 AM
    have a 4 level bridge , bottom level for trucks ,2nd level for cars , 3rd level for rail , and top level for pedestrians and bicycles and other exercise types ....
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