Support the "Cure Minceur" Use this form to sign a lettre in support of the solutions proposed in the "Cure Minceur" that will be sent to Quebec's Minsiter of Transport, Sylvain Gaudreault. Your Name * Your postal code * Your message * M. Gaudreault, I’m writing to request that the solutions proposed by Mobilisation Turcot in the “Cure minceur pour l’échangeur Turcot” be applied to Transport Quebec’s current plans for the reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange. I believe these solutions will significantly reduce the construction time and save approximately 1.5 billion taxpayer dollars, or half the proposed budget. More importantly, the changes proposed in the ‘Cure minceur’ offer a chance for Quebec to avoid the serious environmental, social and economic consequences inherent in the current plan and to rebuild the Turcot based on principles of sustainable development. Over the past five years, tens of thousands of Quebecers and civil society groups have asked the government for a better plan for the Turcot that respects these principles. We have asked the government to: • reduce air pollution around the Turcot, thus improving air quality and health of local residents and all Montrealers; • increase investment in public transit to reduce dependence on the automobile; • dismantle physical barriers in local neighbourhoods caused by poorly planned highway infrastructure; • avoid demolishing affordable housing; Several alternative plans, such as Turcot 375, have been proposed and the solutions for a better Turcot are well known. Despite these viable solutions, despite the massive opposition to Transport Quebec’s current project and despite the recommendations made by the BAPE in 2009, Transport Québec has maintained its car-focused vision and its plan for the Turcot has remained virtually unchanged since 2010. The contract with the managing firm for this megaproject is scheduled to be signed at the end of 2013. There is still enough time to modify the project according to the five points outlined in the “Cure Minceur”: • Avoid displacing highway 20 and the CN railway onto the unstable soils at the foot to the St-Jacques escarpment; • Preserve the Montreal-Ouest Interchange, a viable structure that doesn't need to be replaced; • Simplify the structures in the heart of the Turcot Interchange and preserve the St-Jacques viaduct; • Hold off reconstructing the Ville-Marie between the Turcot and Atwater until necessary (in 2022); • Dedicate the right lanes of the Ville-Marie to public transit. The resources and time saved by implementing these solutions can be reinvested in public transit infrastructure along the interchange and on remediation measures to ensure a healthier integration of the highway into its urban environment. The Turcot Interchange needs to be rebuilt. Quebec has the opportunity to correct the mistakes of the past and improve our transportation infrastructure. I urge you, Mr. Minister, to show the courage necessary to oppose the outdated vision of urban transport that was so dear to your Liberal predecessors and to change the plans for the Turcot Interchange while there is still time. Sincerely, Your email * What code is in the image? * Enter the characters shown in the image.