Rendering made public on Wednesday, March 9 of the proposed REM de l'Est. Planners have gone back to the drawing board to address the criticism the proposed transit network would create a scar on the urban landscape.

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec’s proposed $10-billion, 32-kilometre light-rail project has raised the ire of citizens’ groups and heritage organizations who slam its elevated portion as an instant eyesore that would tower over eastern downtown.

In February, Montreal’s regional transit authority said planners should go back to the drawing board because the REM de l’Est would be costly to run, disfigure Montreal and provide no clear benefit to most east-end commuters.

At a news conference at Montreal city hall, Legault and Plante said they have heard citizens’ complaints and experts’ criticisms and will radically revise the transit project to respond to them.

Monday’s announcement “proves that we are listening to citizens,” Legault said.

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