Montreal evokes a tramway on rue Jean-Talon

Montreal wants a public transit line – perhaps a tramway – on rue Jean-Talon Ouest, from boulevard Cavendish to avenue du Parc, has learned The Press.




This project of approximately six kilometers would be part of a complete redevelopment of the artery, also providing for the construction of the longest “bicycle highway” in the entire city.

The transport line and the cycle path would notably serve the district of 12,500 housing units which is to be built on the grounds of the racecourse and in the surrounding area.

In the context of development, it is “obvious to think about a structuring offer of collective and active transport”, indicated the cabinet of Valérie Plante on Thursday in a written statement. No elected officials were available for an interview.

“The tramway is an excellent example of what could be proposed, as is the Rapid Bus Service (SRB), like the redevelopment planned for Henri-Bourassa Boulevard,” continued press officer Simon Charron. We will carefully study the proposals submitted to us. »

The mayor’s office thus confirmed information contained in call for tender documents, made public last fall. These evoke “the establishment of a structuring mode of transport on rue Jean-Talon”, from Cavendish to avenue du Parc. This proposal should be included in the City’s new Urban Planning and Mobility Plan (PUM), expected this year. The connection to Cavendish Boulevard – currently cut in two by a marshalling yard – is also on the program.

Jean-Talon Street West extension project

  • This plan, inserted in a City of Montreal document, shows the Cavendish, Jean-Talon and Royalmount connection project, as well as the Jean-Talon Street extension project.

    ILLUSTRATION PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF MONTRÉAL

    This plan, inserted in a City of Montreal document, shows the Cavendish, Jean-Talon and Royalmount connection project, as well as the Jean-Talon Street extension project.

  • This plan, inserted in a City of Montreal document, shows the Cavendish, Jean-Talon and Royalmount connection project.

    ILLUSTRATION PROVIDED BY THE CITY OF MONTRÉAL

    This plan, inserted in a City of Montreal document, shows the Cavendish, Jean-Talon and Royalmount connection project.

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Rue Jean-Talon Ouest is two or three lanes wide on the section concerned and has a central reservation in places. It is bordered by a railway line. The artery separates Côte-des-Neiges (to the south) from Mont-Royal (to the north) and crosses Parc-Extension. In Montreal’s plans, Jean-Talon West would also be extended by one kilometer, to reach the Cavendish connection.

An idea to clarify

The hypothesis of a tramway to serve the future Namur-Hippodrome district is not new. “I like that as an idea,” said the mayor of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, last spring. “We have to be able to dream. And I think that an area like Namur-Hippodrome (…) is a place where we should allow ourselves to dream. »

In 2008, the Montreal administration at the time raised the scenario of a very small tram line to connect the racecourse grounds to the nearby Namur metro station.

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Christian Savard, founder of the organization Vivre en ville

Christian Savard, founder of the Vivre en ville organization, is delighted to see a new public transport project proposed, but emphasizes that a single six-kilometer tram line would be expensive to operate.

If such a project sees the light of day, it would necessarily have to be with a view to developing a more extensive network, according to Mr. Savard.

“I find it late to arrive at this, after all the years we have been talking” about the development of the Namur-Hippodrome district, he continued. “By 2024, we don’t yet know how we’re going to serve it, it’s a little disappointing. I don’t want to throw stones only at this administration, it’s collective procrastination. »

11 km cycle path

In addition to a public transit line, the City of Montreal would like to establish a bidirectional cycle path of some 11 kilometers on Jean-Talon Street, from Cavendish Boulevard to Pie-IX Boulevard. This Express Bike Network (REV) line would be longer than all the current paths.

“The redevelopment and extension of rue Jean-Talon Ouest is an opportunity to review the use of this public right-of-way currently designed for automobiles, and to plan a more equitable sharing with active and collective modes of transportation,” municipal officials indicate in their tender document. This process, which concluded just before the holidays, aimed to find engineers who will work on the transformation of the artery.

The implementation of the cycle path would be done in phases. “A first transitional section between rue Boyer and 1D Avenue (east) already in design,” the document states. The far eastern section of the 22e Avenue at Pie-IX Boulevard, would be built at the same time as the blue line.

“Details regarding the preferred route and type of development will begin to be evaluated as part of the pre-project studies,” said Valérie Plante’s office. In the same way as for our other redevelopment projects, those on Jean-Talon will be carried out in consultation with the communities. »


reference: www.lapresse.ca

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