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A Park Instead of a Solution for Congested West Island Routes: The West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce Disagrees

The West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce (WIMCC) is very disappointed, to say the least, upon hearing last week’s joint announcement by Municipal Affairs Minister, Martin Coiteux, and Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, regarding a park project  as part of the planned extension of Highway 440. The WIMCC has always supported the idea of extending the 440 to Highway 40 which would provide an additional North-South route to help alleviate traffic on its territory. According to Joseph Huza, President & Executive Director of the WIMCC, “The land has been reserved for all these years for a project that will due this announcement fall short of the original objective”. “While we recognize that the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) will facilitate public transportation toward the downtown core, for the WIMCC the value of the REM  will be to help West Island businesses attract labour to the West Island”, he added.
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