Letter to the editor 1, March 12, 2020

Train users need more service and flexibility

Dear Editor,

I read in The Journal about Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament Schiefke and Minister Catherine McKenna's visit and concerns in our rail services (Federal minister seeks to improve public rail service on L’Île-Perrot, March 5, page 3).

I understand that yes, improvements of the facilities are a major concern, but as a user my biggest concern is the limited availability of trains to and from the island. It is inconceivable that the last train to and from Montreal is at 6 p.m. or thereabouts, and the next train is at 9 p.m. and nothing in between. What about during the day? Young students who go to Concordia or McGill Universities need better service and flexibility.

Is there nothing that can be done for a better flow of trains like every half-hour all day?

Perhaps if more trains were on the circuits, more users would use the service even into the West Island and therefore reduce traffic on Highways 20 and 40.

Sometimes it’s nice to have good looks, but more users equal more money which would contribute to the good looks, reduce travel pollution and help the environment – everybody wins.

I just don't understand why it seems so complicated to adopt such a simple resolution.

Please think about it.

Regards

Nicole Proteau

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