Plans for the future Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge don’t include a reserved bus lane, according to the Quebec Transport Ministry (MTQ).
The link connecting the western tip of the island of Montreal to Vaudreuil-Dorion will have three lanes running in either direction, like the current structure.
Additionally, four-metre wide shoulders will straddle the lanes along with a pedestrian and cycling path on the west portion.
“It’s simply nonsense,” said Guy Pilon, Vaudreuil-Dorion mayor. “The ministry is 30 years behind on everything.”
Pilon said this latest announcement by the MTQ on the future project is not the final proposal that was presented at the last meeting with the ministry.
Quebec junior transport minister Chantal Rouleau reaffirmed Monday that the REM will also not be a part of the future bridge project.
There are currently no plans to include room for the light-rail train on the bridge.
Instead, a corridor adjacent to the new structure has been reserved for an extension of the REM or any other public transit project.
“We preserved the space to build what could be in the future a new mode of transportation,” Rouleau said.
Pilon worries the ministry did not take into account the amount of traffic the future REM will generate on the bridge.
Commuters will be forced to use the bus instead of their cars to reach the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue station as parking will be limited.
“I don’t know where they get their calculation but they missed a little thing called the REM,” Pilon said.
The transport ministry said it is currently talking with a number of potential developers as it continues to field proposals.
A final signed contract is expected by the winter of 2023.