The cities of Montreal, Côte Saint-Luc, Town of Mount Royal and the boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Saint-Laurent—all located along Décarie Boulevard—are mobilizing to create an active public transit plan for the Namur–De la Savane sector.

The Namur–De la Savane sector is located between the Metropolitan Expressway, Jean-Talon Street West, Cavendish Boulevard, the CP rail yard and the Décarie Corridor. The sector straddles two cities (Côte Saint-Luc and Mount Royal) and two Montreal boroughs (Saint-Laurent and Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce).

A joint resolution was tabled at the Agglomeration Council on Thursday so that the Agglomeration of Montreal can request to the ARTM with one voice the implementation of an appropriate electric public transit service in the expanded sector of Namur-De la Savane, including along Cavendish Boulevard. More specifically, the Agglomeration will ask the ARTM to propose an appropriate mode of transportation as well as an optimal route for this service in order to obtain a suitable and efficient service to the citizens of the sector and the Agglomeration.

>> View the tabling of the resolution at the Montreal Agglomeration

>> View the tabling of the resolution at the Montreal City Council

This resolution follows the recommendations of the Junca-Adenot report, commissioned by Minister Chantal Rouleau and Mayor Valérie Plante and published in May 2019. This report clearly shows that innovative solutions are essential to reduce road congestion and the need to include the Namur–De la Savane sector in the ARTM’s major public transit projects.

Elected officials agree that developers and all levels of government must contribute to the implementation of the plan to ensure its success and the proper development of the Namur–De la Savane sector.

Rapid transformation

This sector, one of the most congested in Montreal, will undergo rapid transformations over the next few decades as thousands of new homes and businesses are being planned or are in progress on the former Hippodrome site, Décarie Square, Royalmount, Westbury Condos, and several other major real estate projects. Currently, 360,000 vehicles travel the area daily at Highways 40 and 15.

The cities also endorse the many recommendations of the Junca-Adenot report, a key recommendation of which is the extension of Cavendish Boulevard, which will be dedicated primarily to public and active transportation. For these measures to become a reality, the Namur-De la Savane Working Group is ensuring that the various parties, including the MTQ, ARTM and STM, are working together to follow up on the actions and recommendations of the Junca-Adenot report.

The Junca-Adenot report can be viewed at: cotesaintluc.org/transitfirst

Source: Rapport du Groupe de Travail NDLS

Quotations

“The Cavendish extension is a priority. It will allow for mixed-use, inclusive and green residential development in the Hippodrome area. More broadly, this extension will have a positive impact on the entire key Namur-De la Savane sector, which is heavily impacted by chronic congestion. This sector needs to be developed in a context of ecological transition, focusing investments on sustainable mobility, in particular public and active transportation.”

– Éric Alan Caldwell, responsible for urban planning and mobility on the City of Montreal Executive Committee

“This is an historic moment for Montreal to showcase transit-oriented development. It became very clear that if we all want our projects to succeed we will have to agree on ways to move people more easily and freely in the future.”

Mitchell Brownstein, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc

 “As a sustainable municipal territory, facilitating mobility and supporting green transport solutions such as electric transit or tramway along Jean-Talon Street to Cavendish Boulevard connected to Côte-De Liesse is essential. This will furthermore help to attract future residents to their job opportunities in our borough.”

– Alan DeSousa, Mayor of the Borough of Saint-Laurent

“Transit solutions are essential for the Hippodrome development to succeed in becoming the green and inclusive neighbourhood that Côte-des-Neiges citizens want.”

 Sue Montgomery, Mayor of the Borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

“We are already looking at appropriate transit solutions to optimize the proximity to the metro and reduce the reliance on private vehicles. We are all looking at green mobility solutions that will help overcome the presently highly congested roads around Namur–De La Savane.”– Philippe Roy, Mayor of the Town of Mount Royal