Reasons Why A Toll On The Champlain Bridge Will Make Traffic Worse

A toll may cause commuter lots of chaos.
Reasons Why A Toll On The Champlain Bridge Will Make Traffic Worse

The new Champlain Bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Since the start of the project, the federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel  has stood firmly on the implementation of tolls.

On the flip side, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and a group of NDP MPs, have publicly voiced their dislike for the federal plan to institute user fees.

Here are some facts from Transport Quebec to help you decide where you stand on the issue.

  • If the toll was set as $3, 1 out 3 drivers would find another route in and out of the city.
  • If the toll was hiked to $5.60, 2 out 3 drivers would do the same.
  • Transport Quebec estimates that drivers who do not choose the Champlain Bridge will most likely use the Jacques-Cartier Bridge adding 2,400 to 4,200 more vehicles during the morning commute.
  • The Victoria Bridge could see upwards of 1,500 to 3,000 more traffic during the 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Tunnel Lafontaine and the Mercier Bridge could see between 1,000 to 3,000 more commuters during rush hour.
  • Tolls would also have an impact on public transit, however there are no definitive numbers yet.
  • Commuters also may adjust their work schedules to avoid rush hour drives and may even go to the extent of avoiding coming into the city entirely.

Are you for or against a toll on the Champlain?

Iconic Montreal Deli Boucherie Slovenia Is Closing Its Doors Forever

Boucherie Slovenia will soon serve its last spicy sausage.

Boucherie Slovenia, a boulevard Saint-Laurent institution for 50 years, will soon serve its last spicy sausage.

The iconic home of enormous Eastern European-style sandwiches — Slovenian sausage and towering cold-cuts were staples — will close its doors forever on January 29, said the owners, Lourdes Rodrigues and Jean Teixeira, in a Facebook post.

Keep Reading Show less

Montreal Was Ranked One Of Canada's Greenest Cities When It Comes To Transport

Montreal takes the lead as the most bicycle-friendly city in all of North America.

Montreal is certainly no stranger to a traffic jam, which makes taking public transit a more viable option to not only get around faster but do more good for the environment.

As Canadian cities take the initiative to improve their transit systems and reduce their carbon footprints, Montreal has become one of the country's greenest metropolitan areas when it comes to transport, according to one ranking.

Keep Reading Show less

Oops, he did it again. Denis Coderre announced that he will be quitting politics at a short press conference at his campaign headquarters on Friday afternoon.

"I'm quitting political life and I will not be head of the opposition," said Coderre.

Keep Reading Show less

More Than Half Of Quebec's 8 Biggest Cities Will Have A Woman As Mayor

In Quebec's city halls, women are kicking ass and taking names.

Women will lead five of Quebec's eight largest cities following the 2021 municipal elections.

The biggest headline of the night may have been Valérie Plante's triumph over old foe Denis Coderre in Montreal, but across the province, the faces of municipal politics have become more gender-balanced.

Keep Reading Show less