AMT service on Vaudreuil-Hudson down Thanksgiving weekend

WATCH ABOVE: The Vaudreuil-Hudson line will have no service from 7 p.m. Friday to Monday evening, a situation that highlights the need for the Train de l'Ouest for some users. Billy Shields reports.

DORVAL – For the three days of the holiday weekend, starting on Friday at 7 p.m. AMT service will be down until Monday evening.

The service is down for maintenance. The Montreal-bound lane of the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine Tunnel is also closed until 2 p.m. Monday.

In the West Island, it’s a situation that highlights some long-awaited projects like the Train de l’Ouest.

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“It’s a clear example of why we’ve been fighting so hard for the Train de l’Ouest,” said Clifford Lincoln, who’s spearheaded a group to push for the project.

“Why should we be treated any differently than someone who uses the Metro?”

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There were few commuters out on Sunday, but that didn’t keep West Islanders from letting their opinions known about the matter.

“It’s such a huge problem that I had to move downtown to make it viable to go to school on a regular basis,” said Eric Davies, a former resident of St. Anne’s who attends Concordia.

“The times are inconvenient too,” said Samara Ieraci, a Kirkland resident. “During the weekday, they have one that goes at 8:40 a.m. and then there’s nothing till 11 a.m.,” she said.

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The AMT is filling the service gap with buses. But users still aren’t happy.

“Those buses are often late,” Ieraci said, waiting in line. “Like right now. It’s late.”