City of Dorval still fighting for REM extension to Trudeau airport

The city of Dorval isn't giving up its fight to have the REM light rail project extended with a link between Trudeau Airport and the Dorval train station, unveiling a study to back up its arguments.

The city commissioned an independent study from Trajectoire Quebec, a public transit advocacy group, which based its findings on a 2013 transit report.

The study suggests the 700 metre extension would give more than 200,000 people direct access daily to the Dorval transit hub if it were created, including the 100,000 residents in the area as well as motorists, public transit users, and airport workers and passengers.

"We're here for 700 metres. That's two drives by Tiger Woods," said mayor Edgar Rouleau at a news conference. 

The study also says as many as 3600 people alone would pass through the Dorval stop every day - mainly Dorval, Lachine and LaSalle residents to get to areas such as the St. Laurent Technoparc, cutting their travel time by 12 minutes to about an hour.

Rouleau said it's urgent to plan on the extension now since the REM work near the airport is set to begin as soon as this summer.

The mayor also said that the longer they wait, the more it will cost to build such an extension  which will certainly be needed in the future when ridership will increase.

Rouleau said the idea is supported by the airport authority, VIA Rail and even the Caisse de dépôt, which is spearheading the project.

Rouleau is also seeking support from his fellow mayors at today's agglomeration council meeting.

Rouleau said he believes it comes down to cost and who will pay - he's arranging meetings with the provincial and federal transport ministers in the next couple of weeks.