Transport officials vow to keep drivers better informed of roadwork
Quebec Transport Minister Robert Poëti and Montreal-area mayors work together to mitigate traffic problems
City and provincial transit officials say they will do a better job of working together to coordinate roadwork.
Officials say a committee called Mobilité Montréal, which formed three years, will now meet more often to make sure commuters are informed of roadwork.
The working group is made up of politicians, bureaucrats, public transit authorities and trucking companies.
In the last two years, the committee has met only once.
Transport Minister Robert Poëti said that from now on, they group will meet four times a year.
“The responsibilities of everyone — the North Shore, the South Shore, the east and west — must be coordinated and Mobilité Montréal, in my opinion, was and still is the best vehicle to exchange information,” Poëti said.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said constant communication is necessary.
“As a metropolis, we all want to work together and at the end of the day we have to ensure fluidity for the person who wants to move around,” Coderre said.
The city is investing $150 million in roadwork this year.
Coderre said he understands drivers are frustrated, but is asking Montrealers to be patient and calls all the ongoing roadwork a necessity.
“There will be light at the end of the tunnel because we are re-enhancing our infrastructure,” he said.
More public transit, better technology
As a way to unclog the roads in and around Montreal, officials are offering incentives to encourage people to take public transit.
When anyone buys an annual bus pass, Quebec’s transport ministry will pay for the first month.
Also, anyone who buys an annual pass for 2015 can get it for the same price as a 2014 pass. The province will subsidize the difference.
Poëti said better technology will play a key part in transmitting information to drivers — directly on their smartphones.
“You’ll be able to program your phone to receive an alert. So [if you are] leaving the West Island shortly, you can program a special area so you can receive alerts. So if you know a part of Montreal is jammed, you won’t go there,” Poëti said, adding that the service should be available by the end of the year.