Mount Royal through traffic ban: preliminary report says pilot project mostly positive

The city of Montreal's executive committee member responsible for parks says at first glance, the pilot project banning through traffic on Mount Royal appears to be a success.

Luc Ferrandez was commenting about the preliminary report on the pilot project presented at this morning's meeting.

The report said that pre-pilot project, 10,000 vehicles travelled across the mountain during the week. That dropped to 3700 during the experiment.

The report said that the pilot project not only resulted in a considerable decrease in the number of cars, but also a reduction in the speed at which they were travelling as well as a "peaceful, enjoyable" mountain road and city buses that ran on time.

Ferrandez said the report also shows certain fears did not materialize, such as extra traffic on neighbouring roads.

The report also showed that u-turns and other dangerous manoeuvres were still happening during the pilot project that began in June and ends at midnight tonight.

Ferrandez admitted they still have to improve things and insisted that their mind is not made up yet.

Two more public consultations are planned for November 8 and November 28.

A final report is due this winter and the Plante administration will decide what to do next.