- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, January 17, 2019 – The Mayor of the Town of Mount Royal, Philippe Roy, has secured the implementation of a permanent electric shuttle directly connecting the Royalmount project to the Mount-Royal Station of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) with the property developer, Carbonleo.
“This high frequency and regular shuttle will help improve access to the upper regional public transit network. It is in addition to the footbridge that will link the site directly to the de la Savane metro station. These two additional access points will resolve some of the increased traffic the Royalmount project will generate, with a goal of sustainable mobility,” said TMR’s Mayor.
Mayor Philippe Roy made the announcement today at Montreal City Hall during the Urban Agglomeration of Montreal’s hearings of the Commission permanente sur le développement économique, urbain et de l’habitation, whose purpose is to study the impact of the Royalmount project—located south-west of one of the province’s busiest interchanges at the intersection of Highways 15 and 40—on the city’s economic and urban development.
“The developer will implement the electric shuttle at his own expense; ideally, we hope, at no cost to users. With its direct footbridge to the de la Savane metro station, the future site will include two direct access points for heavy, high-capacity public transit equipment, currently non-existent in the sector. This will improve access to the site and reduce pressure on highway traffic along the Decarie interchange, and is in line with sustainable mobility regulations,” the Mayor explained.
The Royalmount project is a major structuring and destination development. The project will create a living, business and cultural environment and will generate thousands of high-quality jobs.
“To analyze the traffic issues exclusively through the lens of the present moment is a mistake. Our transit systems are evolving and people’s habits are changing to favour sustainable mobility. Mitigation measures and the use of the metro and shuttles from the REM will help reduce the project’s negative impacts and maximize its positive ones. Traffic issues need to be resolved, and should not be a barrier to development and sustainable mobility,” said the Mayor.
The challenges the Royalmount project’s development raises must not overshadow its many positive impacts. The creation of a new and substantial employment hub, the expansion of the city’s cultural offer, and the retention of consumers on the island of Montreal will enhance the current offer of the traditional arteries and nearby businesses that occupy a different niche altogether.
The Urban Agglomeration of Montreal has already granted the official certificate of conformity for the Royalmount project to its own land use and development plan and to that of the Greater Montréal (PMAD).