The establishment of a “cargo tram” to develop the industrial park in Lachine is one of the various recommendations presented Thursday evening by the borough concerning the development of the tramway in the west of the metropolis.
“In order to improve the performance of the industry, a partnership with it is desired to explore the feasibility of a cargo tram that would use the same rails as the regular tram”, he was thus indicated in a press release from the Borough of Lachine.
Known under the name of “TramFret” in France, this system makes it possible to transport goods using a tram which runs outside peak hours between the trams assigned to passenger transport.
The implementation of this type of freight transport is then considered as another possibility for transport by truck and would notably make it possible to reduce road congestion as well as air pollution.
Regarding its other recommendations, Mayor Vodanovic’s team also insisted on the need to consolidate the existing transport network, for example by extending the tunnel to Lachine station located on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line.
“This would make it possible to connect the residential district to the south with the industrial district to the north in a safe way for active transport,” he said in the press release.
The Canal station on the Candiac line should also become permanent according to the proposals announced Thursday evening.
The provincial government has granted $ 20 million to the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) to prepare an opportunity file aimed at proposing a new structuring mode of transport in Montreal.
The responsible for urban planning and mobility of the City of Montreal, Éric Alan Caldwell, will submit his proposals for the tramway on January 21.