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