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Concerns About the Dalhousie Corridor

Extraordinary Cost! At $119M after security audit revisions, this corridor is by far the most expensive option analyzed by the SHM. Moreover, Montreal's 2008 Transport Plan identifies a much cheaper solution (30 M$) on the Bonaventure axis which is compatible with the SHM's plans and the future LRT project.
 
 
Health As the Bonaventure highway is transformed into an urban boulevard, more South Shore buses are anticipated, which will result in an overall increase of CO2 emissions due to the slowing down of vehicles. The concentration of CO2 emissions in Griffintown is expected to double with the arrival of over 1500 daily bus passages.
 
 
Safety at Intersections The elevated CN railway is juxtaposed to the proposed bus corridor, and obstructs the visibility of oncoming traffic at the four intersections it runs along. Pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and passengers alike would all be at risk at such vulnerable intersections.
 
 
Expropriations The implementation of the proposed bus corridor would require the unnecessary acquisition of over 35,000 square feet of land. Considering the temporary nature of the corridor (LRT will replace it), it would be irresponsible for the City to impose permanent expropriations.
 
 
Heritage The historic neighbourhood of Griffintown is one of the oldest in Canada, and its narrow streets were not intended for high-density bus traffic. Passing over 1500 buses daily through Griffintown would threaten the structural viability and aesthetic value of some of Montreal's most distinguishable heritage buildings (New City Gas among others).
 
 
Proposed Route The proposed route requires a prohibitively expensive tunnel while the many alternatives are much more cost-effective, safer and less detrimental to the existing urban fabric.
 
 
Barrier to East-West mobility The corridor would add yet another artificial barrier through Griffintown, widening the gap and further limiting mobility to and from Old Montréal.
 
 
Responsibility The inter-regional transportation of 42,000 passengers per day falls under the responsibility of the AMT and MTQ (provincial government), not the SHM.
 
 
Ephemeral Need With metro extensions and additional commuter rail and light rail service being developed in parallel, is an expensive exclusive corridor essential?