Tons of of residents packed into the Vacation Inn Pointe-Claire Monday night time for an open home in regards to the REM gentle rail mission.
The $6.three billion mission is slated to be completed by the 12 months 2023, however work on the 26-station plan has already begun.
“We began building a 12 months in the past, and so we wish to give individuals an opportunity to see what now we have completed to this point, and ask questions,” mentioned REM spokesperson, Jean-Vincent Lacroix.
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Those that attended the open question-and-answer session acquired to see a digital mock-up of the vehicles.
Trains will depart the Pointe-Claire station each 10 minutes throughout rush hour and each 15 minutes outdoors of busier hours.
“I’ve realized a tonne and am fairly excited. It is going to be closest we get to having a metro on the West Island,” mentioned longtime resident Timothy Thomas.
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Pleasure for the mission, nonetheless, is considerably tempered by considerations over parking.
“West Island residents use their vehicles as a result of there isn’t sufficient public transit, so consequently they’ve to make use of their vehicles to get to public transit,” mentioned Thomas.
“That’s the irony of it.”
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REM initially proposed 1,500 parking areas on the Pointe-Claire station in 2016, however earlier this 12 months, organizers introduced that quantity can be considerably decreased.
REM spokesperson Jean-Vincent Lacroix says the group continues to be in discussions to discover a stability between parking areas and entry for cyclists, pedestrians and different technique of public transit.
“Individuals want choices and whereas we’re constructing the REM, we are attempting to see how we will construct stations that supply distinctive strategies of entry that residents presently don’t have,” mentioned Lacroix.
The following open home for the REM mission will probably be held within the City of Mount-Royal in Could.