Montreal's plan to reduce truck traffic downtown

The City of Montreal is hoping a new urban logistics strategy could make it easier to drive downtown and make roads safer for all.

Speaking at the 2019 Movin'On Summit, City Councillor and executive committee member in charge of economic and commercial development Robert Beaudry announced a new urban logistics strategy to reduce the amount of freight transportation within the downtown core.

The Councillor for the Ville-Marie district of Saint-Jacques later told Radio-Canada the city wants to turn the downtown Voyageur complex, located along Berri and Saint-Hubert, into a hub for large transportation trucks making deliveries in Montreal. Beaudry said the trucks would unload their cargo at the Îlot Voyageur and it would then be taken to its final destination by smaller zero-emission vehicles.

The overall goal of the project is to reduce the number of heavy trucks on Montreal's streets, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Beaudry the pilot project, planned for the fall, is currently gathering relevant partners.