Turcot 375

Turcot 375 is an alternate plan for the Turcot Interchange developed by Pierre Gauthier, a professor of urban planning at Concordia University, and architect Pierre Brisset of the Groupe de recherche urbain Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (GRUHM). Scroll through the presentation of maps and images by Dr. Gauthier to learn more.

The principles of this plan are relatively simple:

  • prioritizing public transit and active transportation (walking, biking, etc) while
  • ensuring the essential economic functions of the Turcot Interchange remain intact, especially north-south traffic; and
  • Focus redevelopment in central neighbourhoods already well-served by existing infrastructure, rather than encouraging suburban sprawl with bigger highways

The plan includes a workable solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% , from 290 000 to 180 000 vehicles per day (vpd). This is achieved by shifting 60 000 car trips to new rapid transit, with the remaining 50 000 absorbed by the local road network and existing transit. This is achieved by reducing in the interchange’s daily vehicle load as well as several important public transit projects including an airport shuttle, designated bus lanes, a tram to Lachine and LaSalle, boosted commuter train service and an improved network of bike paths. Unlike the Ministry’s current plan, this is coherent with the province’s current climate change plan.

Plans from other cities that have successfully reduced dependency on private automobiles have relied on a combination of both incentive and disincentive measures. Turcot 375 suggests a variety of strategies be considered, notably improving existing public transit and making new investments in modern rapid transit, as well as disincentives to driving, such as reducing highway capacity, controlling parking supply downtown or implementing urban tolls.

Perhaps most essentially, Turcot 375 ensures that the six neighbouring areas benefit from improved transportation options and a more agreeable milieu de vie.