Charge for through traf­fic

Re: “Mount Royal traf­fic project is a fait ac­com­pli, crit­ics at hear­ings say” (Mon­treal Gazette, May 11)

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

The city should take a look at uti­liz­ing cur­rent tech­nol­ogy for con­trol­ling traf­fic over the mountain.

With the in­stal­la­tion of a li­cence-plate reader and billing sys­tem, cars could ac­cess the mountain from both sides, but if the ve­hi­cle crosses the mountain in un­der 20 min­utes, a charge of maybe $5 to $15 could be billed to the owner, sim­i­lar to the billing sys­tem used on High­way 25.

If, how­ever, the car re­mained on the mountain for more than 20 min­utes, the trip would be free. It could also be set to al­low tour buses, out-of-prov­ince plates, etc., to be ex­empt from the charges.

Any car en­ter­ing the ceme­tery through the mountain and leav­ing via an ex­te­rior exit (or stay­ing more than 20 min­utes) would not be charged.

It cre­ates a rev­enue stream for the city, dis­cour­ages rush-hour short­cuts, and all with­out im­ped­ing ac­cess to the mountain for those who use it for recre­ational pur­poses.

How­ever, a speed-en­force­ment pro­gram must be in­tro­duced for both cars and bi­cy­cles, with fines im­posed for all speed­ers (even if the city does not adopt a toll sys­tem).

I have al­ways won­dered how fast those bi­cy­cles go down the mountain to­ward Parc Ave., as I have been passed many times while driv­ing that route.

Ted Duskes, Lor­raine

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