The North Crown wants its share of the Eastern REM

We are the champions of autosolo, deplores the mayoress of Repentigny, Chantal Deschamps. And it is not by choice, but by necessity, according to her, that her fellow citizens turn to their vehicles to get to work on a daily basis.

Do not think that our citizens have no interest in the environment or in public transit. It is simply that the transport offer is not adequate as much in mode, in frequency as in quality of service.

A quote from:Chantal Deschamps

President of the Table of Prefects and Elected Officials of the North Crown (TPECN), Ms. Deschamps – along with her four mayor counterparts – wishes to take advantage of the construction of the Eastern REM so that their municipalities are connected to the public transport network of The city.

We see in the extension of the Eastern REM a great opportunity to solve mobility problems in a sustainable way.

A quote from:Chantal Deschamps

The demands of the northern crown are part of the continuity of the crown’s commitment to promote access to public transit in our territory in an equitable manner and in a metropolitan spirit and vision, continues Ms. Deschamps.

However, the project, at present, foresees that the REM will stop at Pointe-aux-Trembles in the east and at Cégep Marie-Victorin in the northeast.

So near and so far at the same time

Mayor Deschamps points out that Pointe-aux-Trembles, the eastern end of the REM, is located 1.1 km from Repentigny by the Le Gardeur bridge, and that the heart of Laval, located “a few stone throws” from Boisbriand , constitutes the northeast end of the project. “We have been forgotten in this project,” she concludes.

The elected representatives of the northern crown maintain that their region is second for the economic and demographic growth of the CMM behind Montreal and ahead of Laval, the agglomeration of Longueuil and the southern crown. They rely on this observation to claim an extension of the REM towards Mascouche and Boisbriand.

It is about the future of the economic, social and demographic development of our region.

A quote from:Chantal Deschamps

The mayoress of Repentigny reveals that the municipalities have drafted a brief proposing an east-west oriented transport network – to meet current and future needs [des citoyens de la couronne nord] – in the axis of Highway 640. It would be connected to other strategic north-south transport axes leading to downtown Montreal and Laval.

A Montreal-Quebec rivalry in transport

Stating that she does not want to judge the needs of the citizens of Quebec City and Lévis, the mayor of Boisbriand, Marlène Cordato, points out that the Réseau express de la Capitale – presented by the government of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) – will only serve ‘a fraction of a possible REM to Mascouche and Boisbriand.

The spokespersons of the TPÉCN: the mayors of Boisbriand, Deux-Montagnes, Repentigny, Mascouche and Terrebonne.

Photo: Radio-Canada / TPÉCN

The CAQ project, valued at more than $ 10 billion, forecasts ridership of 50,000 vehicles per day while an average of 137,000 vehicles daily use the Le Gardeur and Charles de Gaulle Bridge, linking Montreal to Terrebonne. . She adds that an average of 140,000 vehicles also use the Gédéon-Ouimet bridge every day, linking Laval to Boisbriand.

These three bridges in the northern crown are thus five times as busy as the future bridge linking Lévis to Quebec, says Ms. Cordato. It calls into question the priorities of the Quebec government in terms of transport.

Phenomenal growth

We are concerned about the project’s lack of metropolitan vision, which completely leaves the citizens of the northern crown behind., she laments. The North Crown has experienced phenomenal growth over the past 20 years.

Minister Bonnardel has not yet grasped the extent of the congestion [automobile] on the northern crown and the need to build a structuring mode of public transport.

A quote from:Marlène Cordato

The elected representatives of the northern crown maintain that their region is second for the economic and demographic growth of the CMM behind Montreal and ahead of Laval, the agglomeration of Longueuil and the southern crown. They rely on this observation to claim an extension of the REM towards Mascouche and Boisbriand.

The numerous representations of the TPÉCN to the CDPQ infra, the Quebec Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, the Minister for Transport and responsible for the Montreal region, Chantal Rouleau, as well as all the elected officials who represent the region in the National Assembly remained without adequate response, according to Ms. Deschamps.

Mascouche station.

Photo: Radio-Canada / TPÉCN

In response to their demands, the CDPQ infra presented a study – described as sloppy by Mayor Deschamps – on the challenges of sustainable mobility within the Montreal Metropolitan Community (CMM).

All of the Caisse’s revised scenarios, however, stop at the Repentigny station.

The spokespersons of the TPÉCN are now turning to the Regional Metropolitan Transport Authority (ARTM) so that the latter takes over and initiates the preparation of a credible study of the Eastern REM project taking into account its demands. .

The REM tolls the death knell for the eastern train

We deplore the lack of consideration of the Caisse de dépôt towards stakeholders and we hope that the route of the eastern REM will be revised taking into account the needs of our sector., continues Ms. Deschamps. She adds that the eastern train has been dying since the arrival of the first phase of the REM.

The Eastern REM, as it is carried by the CDPQ infra, signs the death sentence of the line [de train de banlieue] from Mascouche.

A quote from:The mayor of Mascouche, Guillaume Tremblay

The mayor of Mascouche, Guillaume Tremblay, agrees in this regard, believing that it is unthinkable that his municipality is served only by a network of buses leading to the REM to reach downtown Montreal. “It’s economic and practical nonsense,” he said.

We can no longer afford to use yesterday’s methods to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

A quote from:Marlène Cordato

The elected officials of the northern crown hope that the government of Quebec and the CDPQ infra review the routes of the eastern REM before it is too late to include their citizens.

The municipalities of Terrebonne and Mascouche represent a pool of 160,000 users and the TPÉCN has 20 municipalities and 616,000 citizens.

 
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