Good News Day For Turcot

I have been saying for few years now that Pierre Brisset should be given the keys to the city for his commitment to transportation infrastructure in Montreal. Interesting Gazette article that shows how drastically things have changed now that Charest is gone.

Turcot Interchange: Groups will present alternative plan on Thursday

by Andy Riga

MONTREAL – The cost and scope of the Turcot project has ballooned in the six years Pierre Brisset has been its unofficial watchdog.

Now, Brisset wants to help shrink it back to a manageable size and reasonable cost by reducing the interchange’s size, delaying unnecessary work and not moving Highway 20. Savings — estimated at $1.5 billion, half the current price tag — would go to new public-transit options.

On Thursday morning, groups opposed to the Turcot plan will convene on Transport Quebec’s Montreal headquarters to deliver an alternative proposal that Brisset, an architect, developed with Concordia University urban planner Pierre Gauthier.

It’s part of a daylong event meant to push the new Parti Québécois government —which includes several vehement Turcot critics — to dramatically alter the plan.

Full story here.
Meanwhile over at La Press this article talks about extending the Blue Metro line to Anjou and  how to improve the Turcot plan.

Le PQ veut prolonger la ligne bleue avant 2020

by Tommy Chouinard

Le gouvernement Marois veut mettre sur les rails le prolongement de la ligne bleue du métro vers Anjou. Il envisage de «bonifier» le mégaprojet de réaménagement de l’échangeur Turcot. Et il se montre ouvert à l’idée d’augmenter la taxe sur l’essence pour financer les transports en commun dans la grande région de Montréal.

Dans une entrevue accordée à La Presse, hier, le ministre des Transports et des Affaires municipales, Sylvain Gaudreault, a donné un aperçu de son plan de match pour la métropole. Sa priorité: «décongestionner» le réseau routier et «développer les transports en commun». Sa philosophie, c’est la «mobilité durable».

Le Parti québécois (PQ) respectera sa promesse électorale: la ligne bleue du métro sera prolongée jusqu’à Anjou avant 2020, a-t-il indiqué. Ce projet comprend cinq stations et coûterait 1 milliard de dollars.

Full story here.

I know the Anglo Community will have a shit fit when I say it, but the Parti Quebecois are looking awfully good coming out of the box. They were fairly strong critics of the Turcot plan in opposition and appear to be following through on their promise to rethink Turcot if elected. But what choices do they have? Minority and coalition governments appear to be the most effective. As long as power is not absolute and government has to worry about getting tossed on an issue by issue basis, democracy has a chance to work.  Government should be a servant of the people, not an oppressive force to be feared and loathed.

2 responses to “Good News Day For Turcot

  1. I think that there are many people in Quebec’s new government that would like to see Turcot expansion put on a diet. But judging by his (understandably) highway oriented election campaign and pronouncements, the Transport Minister from Jonquière’s transportation vision seems to be freeing Montreal roads from congestion. Let’s hope other party members along with city hall’s opposition parties can convince him that merely widening for highway bus lanes does not make this a balanced, sustainable or financially smart project. We shall see.

  2. They have made some interesting appointments, perhaps the most dramatic of all being Daniel Breton as Environment Minister. We will absolutely be seeing a different attitude in Quebec, especially as the Charbonneau Commission continues to reveal where all the corruption is based.

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