The towns of Île Perrot, Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot and Pincourt are asking the regional transit body to merge the two train stations on the island to one.
But that proposal is facing opposition from Terrasse Vaudreuil, which would like to keep its station.
“We’ve had a station there forever,” said the town’s general manager Ron Kelley. “If there is going to be a bigger station built, we’d still like to keep ours.”
The other three towns have met with the Agence métropolitaine de Transport, and have proposed merging both stations into one larger intermodal station at the base of Don Quichotte Blvd., where the bulk of the island’s commercial sector is situated.
“We want it to be safer,” said Marie-Claude Nichols, the mayor of N.D.I.P. “People come and tell us that it’s really dangerous. We want to increase parking, and make it accessible to everyone, so one station at the base of Don Quichotte is probably the way to go.”
As it stands now, there is no tunnel or overpass to allow people to cross the track. They must do so at a level crossing, where there is no sidewalk, to access the northern westbound track.
Reached this week, the AMT says it plans to renovate the train stations on the island, but said it plans to keep two stations. Though there is no firm time frame for the project yet.
AMT spokesperson Claudia Martin said the AMT plans to keep both stations on the island, but to improve access.
Nichols said she hopes the work is done in conjunction with the ministry of transport, because within 10 years, the province plans to eventually turn the urban boulevard at Highway 20, into a full-fledged expressway. Plans call for the train stations in the area to be moved.