People’s Plan for East Montreal

The People’s Plan was designed by veterans of the fight against the Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM1), the automated light metro train the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is currently building across West Island. We lost that battle, but we still believe REM1 uses the wrong technology for the times, and that Montrealers would be better served with a combination of light rail, tramways and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

Our team consists of activists, bloggers and elected officials.

  • Surface technology not underground or elevated
  • The right mode for the right location
  • Light rail on existing tracks north of Notre-Dame est (Longue Pointe Subdivision)
  • New tracks along Boulevard Henri Bourassa
  • Trams running north and south at Papineau, Boul St Michel. Pïe IX, Lacrodaire, Assomption,
  • A complete grid
  • Publicly-owned
  • Much less cement so low-carbon
  • Electrified

Our Goal

Public transportation is an essential piece of the infrastructure of modern civilization.  Ideally, it should be free, low-carbon, and serve as many people as possible. A balanced variety of low-carbon transportation vehicles lets us have the right mode for each location. If Montrealers understand the climate implications of the various options before them, they will be more likely to choose ones that create the fewest emissions.