A South Shore bridge solves nothing: Commission

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MONTREAL, Que. — The idea of a new bridge linking Montreal to the South Shore losing steam among members of the Nicolet Commission.

Commission president, Roger Nicolet, says a bridge is not a realistic solution to the region’s traffic problems.

He points out the problems run from the Mercier Bridge to Repentigny and that a single bridge would only help one area.

In the report expected to be released by the end of the summer, the commission will recommend improvements to public transit, such as improved bus lanes, car pooling and better management of parking lots as incentives for transit use.

The Nicolet report will also propose better ways to use the existing road network to reduce automobile traffic during rush hours. The commission rapped up its public hearings on Feb. 4.

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