Impacts of the Royalmount project
Reaction from Carbonleo

Montréal, November 13, 2018 – Following the publication of documents concerning the public consultation on the Royalmount project to be hold by the City of Montréal’s Commission on Economic and Urban Development and Housing, Carbonleo, the project’s developer, wishes to correct a misinterpretation of the data.     

“Since announcing the project in 2015, Carbonleo has nurtured a climate of continuous collaboration with municipal and government partners to enhance the project and to ensure that its positive impacts on regional economic development are maximized,” says Claude Marcotte, Carbonleo Executive Vice-President and Partner.

“Dialogue is continuing on this project of unusual size. It is our wish that the talks be based on rigorous data, reflecting the current climate of collaboration and the international potential of this nearly $2-billion privately financed project. The project will become a world-class lifestyle hub and a state-of-the-art destination for the surrounding community, the city as a whole, and visitors from abroad,” Mr. Marcotte adds.

  • A fragmentary and erroneous interpretation of the data: The use of travel time based on fragmentary information, reflecting just one of the eight highway trips examined by consulting firm WSP, leads to a very incomplete interpretation. With mitigation measures taken into account, the effect on travel time is nil or improved for most of the trips examined. The average effect is therefore not 20 to 30 minutes but rather five minutes for those scenarios. The traffic study conducted by WSP in October 2017 at the developer’s request, for planning purposes only, involved eight different journeys.
  • Less than two minutes’ average increase: The overall traffic study conducted by WSP, in collaboration with the municipal authorities, concluded that the average increase in highway travel time across the study area at the height of rush hour will be less than two minutes.
  • An increase of about 5.5% in the number of vehicles: Contrary to data that have been conveyed in some media reports, the increase in the number of vehicles will be just 20,000 and not 70,000. Note that current volume in the Décarie interchange area is 360,000 vehicles per day.
  • An interpretation that fails to take account of changes in the transportation mix: The published data do not take into account the Turcot interchange reconstruction or the public transit development advanced by the City of Montréal and the REM light-rail project. These factors will all affect travel on Montréal Island.
  • Continuous collaboration with municipal authorities: From the start, the project’s developer has worked closely with the Québec Ministry of Transport, the City of Montréal and the Town of Mount Royal to examine every approach to limiting pressure on the road network and to reducing impacts on traffic, in particular by promoting the use of active transportation. All partners have been kept up to date on the studies that have been conducted.

The proposed mitigation measures, in particular the construction of a passageway to the adjacent métro station, will be presented over the coming weeks.

 

About Royalmount
Located in the heart of the Island of Montreal, Royalmount is ushering in a new era of lifestyle destinations. It will be a model for inter-modality, sustainable development and technological integration, providing a true meeting point between generations that will celebrate Montreal’s joie de vivre. Inspired by world-class gathering places such as New York’s Highline, London’s High Street and the charming piazzas of Italy, the Royalmount project will feature terraces, promenades and a central plaza that will reflect the lifestyle of Montrealers. The addition of a rooftop greenhouse, as well as an integrated food and beverage offering featuring local and world-renowned chefs will make gastronomy a key component of the project in line with Montreal’s international reputation as a haven for foodies. Montreal’s new Midtown urban resort will feature five hotels, four office towers, a wellness village and a sustainable and efficient transportation hub anchored by a fully enclosed pedestrian and bike friendly bridge connected to the subway system. www.royalmount.com .

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Source: Carbonleo


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