Photo cred - McGill Immobilier
Light Rail Trainsit (LTR) on the newly constructed Champlain bridge has been a longstanding plan, one that has kind of been forgotten as time has gone by.
A mix of streetcar, tramway, and metro, an LTR connecting the Champlain to Montreal's STM system could save a lot of commute time for people coming in and out of the city.
Francois Cardinal, columnist for La Presse, researched the issue and found two proposed scenarios (pic'd below) for a light rail system on the Champlain:
- Scenario A: LTR crosses the bridge, goes along highway 15, then turns east into a tunnel into Place Bonaventure. Two new metro stations would be opened on this line-extension, Pointe-Sainte-Charles and Griffintown.
- Scenario B: LTR crosses the bridge, turns through the Technoparc, onto the surface of the Peel Basin, then goes into Place Bonaventure.
Both projects would cost a ton of money, the first racking up a bill of around 1 billion, making the second scenario a little more plausible.
Montreal's LTR isn't planned until 2021 at the earliest, so either scenario is still a possibility for Montreal.