The City of Montreal proposed an alternative for the Turcot complex which focused on reducing east-west traffic, which preserving the important north-south connection. This idea is based on a the very sensible understanding that east-west traffic consists mostly of commuters, some of whom could be induced to shift to public transit, if viable options are developed. Recognizing that north-south traffic is largely regional and contains a high volume of truck traffic, this link was proposed to remain at its present capacity.
While this plan has many merits, such as the integration of public transit solutions, the City abandoned it in favour of the MTQ's current plan, essentially unchanged from the original!
The City of Montreal plan proposed several tramways, one of which running through the proposed 'Quartier du Canal'
The City of Montreal's original proposal includes several other plans which would reduce demand on the Turcot