Montreal Introduces C$8 billion Transportation Plan

The 20-year plan proposes an airport rail link, extensions to the transit system and the bicycle network, new streetcar lines, and tolls on major highways and bridge links to the island. City council will vote on this plan in the fall.

With an aim for sustainable development and reductions in air pollution and congestion, the City of Montreal introduced an ambitious transportation plan for the next 20 years. Estimated at a cost of C$8 billion, this plan proposes expansions of the island's metro rail and bus transit networks and the introduction of streetcars on some of the city's most congested streets. To help generate funding for this plan, the city is calling for new tolls on some major highway and bridge links to the southern suburbs. Other critical elements of the plan include a rail shuttle between downtown and the Montreal Trudeau International Airport, doubling of the existing 380 kilometres of bicycle paths in the next 7 years, and dedicated bus lanes on several arterial streets.

Thanks to Brian Lee

Full Story: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2007/05/17/qc-transitplan0517.html

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