Tramway project on Alexandre-Taché and Aylmer Road
As I have said many times, I am strongly opposed to a tramway project on Alexandre-Taché and Aylmer Road. Here are some of the reasons:
- removal of existing traffic lanes for dedicated rail enclosures (this punishes the majority of motorists)
- duplication of services (there are already buses serving the proposed tram routes)
- the social and financial costs of the expropriations (Alexandre-Tâché and the Aylmer Road are not wide enough for this project)
- the inefficiency of an independent STO system (we should fully integrate into the O-Train light rail system)
- impacts on heritage sites, such as Bellevue Cemetery and McConnell Farm, where Aylmer Road is very narrow
Gatineau council voted to seek funding for a rail project in the west. Council did not vote for a tramway on a specific route.
This diagram provides a counterproposal. This “Phase I of O-Train in Gatineau” creates new transport spaces, is fully integrated with the O-Train and allows for the possible addition of future lines (CÉGEPs, Luskville, Rapides Deschênes with a bridge to connect eventually to Lincoln Fields, etc.).
I remain open and available for all related discussions and consultations.
-Mike Duggan, councillor for Deschênes ward