Train petition urges improvement
Vaudreuil-Soulanges commuters were given the chance yesterday morning to sign a petition seeking train and public transportation improvements in the region, as well as forWest Island commuters.
Though some local mayors did not make an early morning petition signing campaign as expected, members of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Local Development Centre were on hand early Tuesday morning asking residents to support a grassroots movement pressuring the Quebec government to improve commuter rail service in both regions.
The group Train de l'Ouest wants the government to support rail service improvements for as many people as possible, rather than support an airport shuttle they say would serve fewer.
The group opposes the creation of a $600 million dedicated rail link supported by Aéroports de Montréal (ADM.) Train de l'Ouest contends the shuttle would service a small number of business travelers and airport employees.
Since the government has promised $200 million in funding for the project, the group feels there is a better way to spend public funds.
Train de l'Ouest says the most feasible solution to growing congestion on Montreal area roads is to improve rail service in both directions on theMontrealVaudreuil line. The proposed project would see new tracks built from the Lucien L'Allier station to Sainte-Anne-deBellevue. Vaudreuil-Soulanges residents could easily link from a centralized transfer point, say supporters, who note the rail corridor has space for new lines. "The project is feasible, and compared to the Laval metro project, affordable," says formerMNAClifford Lincoln.
"We are urging the government of Quebec to improve commuter rail service to the residents of the West Island and Vaudreuil-Soulanges," noted Lincoln, adding, "Our local MNA's, Geoffrey Kelley and Yvon Marcoux have helped us set up an electronic petition on the National Assembly website and we are inviting all those living in the West Island and Vaudreuil-Soulanges, to sign it."
Those unable to sign the petition in person can sign the electronic version by going to the group's website: www.traindelouest.ca which offers a direct link.
In order for each signature to be valid, however, those signing must receive and respond to a confirmation email validating their signature.
Commuters were urged to sign a petition yesterday morning urging the government to support a project that would see train service improve in the region.