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Old October 6th, 2010, 10:37 PM   #181
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Need to go from Central Station (taking Amtrak to Montreal) to Bell Centre to catch a Habs game? Can I take the subway?
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Old October 6th, 2010, 10:49 PM   #182
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Need to go from Central Station (taking Amtrak to Montreal) to Bell Centre to catch a Habs game? Can I take the subway?
No need to take the métro, the Bell Centre is not even 2 blocks away from Central Station.
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Old October 6th, 2010, 11:40 PM   #183
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Convenient. Guess a lot of Habs fans take the AMR trains.

I love the fact that the ZCentral Station has high platform, the only one in canada.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #184
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{QUOTE}rail seems to be going everyone that most people{/QUOTE}
Whether anglo/franco, no wonder the state of American rail's merely disfigured.....whose hope might one be tagging along with, ehh?
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Old November 6th, 2010, 05:05 PM   #185
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Old November 10th, 2010, 12:32 AM   #186
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I've a hunch that this video ain't the same one that the radio news kept harping about this morning, although the dang reporter kept saying things about the "emergency brake... ... ... ...the emergency brake" when such a brake's never been available to any metro passenger.....the red-enamelled handle's just an alarm, requesting the driver to halt at the next station whenever activated!! Anyhow, I can't understand why the cell-phone videographer --as reported to have-- waited until Frontenac station before alerting STM staff all the way from Langelier station: might the prospect of 15 minutes' worth of fame explain why (although I still can't find the youtube-lodged video!)?
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Old November 12th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #187
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Why does Montreal Metro remind me so much of the Paris metro? From Rubber tires to the actual stations...
I´ve been to both. Apart from rubber tires, it´s rather different. Paris stations are ugly, dirty and crowded, with access via stairs (except for line 14, which is driverless, etc). Montreal has clean stations with escalators. It´s more similar to Santiago, as someone said.
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Old November 14th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #188
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I´ve been to both. Apart from rubber tires, it´s rather different. Paris stations are ugly, dirty and crowded, with access via stairs (except for line 14, which is driverless, etc). Montreal has clean stations with escalators. It´s more similar to Santiago, as someone said.
for Montreal's first year, the two systems were more alike, e.g., both systems had automatic platform entry gates ¬

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Old March 12th, 2011, 09:26 PM   #189
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Montreal's metro runs overnight only one day each year: February's last Saturday night, La nuit blanche --another one of those Las-Vegas-II'y fests, you know . Anyhow, the Blue Line overnight this year had headways of 10 minutes.

For a district-linking, crosstown metro line that nears no closer than approx. 2 miles to the edge of the (puny!) city centre, don't you find that 3AM-etc-headway too elevated for a place with relatively so few people?!?

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Old March 12th, 2011, 10:22 PM   #190
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What's the status on the tramway in Montreal. Is it still under study?
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Old March 13th, 2011, 12:52 AM   #191
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So whats the story on central Station being the only VIA station to have high platform and having electrified commuter rail?
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Old March 14th, 2011, 05:17 AM   #192
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So whats the story on central Station being the only VIA station to have high platform and having electrified commuter rail?
VIA also shares its main station with commuter rail in Toronto though.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 11:03 PM   #193
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as does Gare Centrale (the Deux-Montagnes and Mont-Saint-Hilaire lines, plus the forthcoming Train de l'est).

Never mind the national operator, it's still the country's lone station to be equipped with stepless platforms and electricity feed.....the fact the two coexist there's only coincidental...

Merely talking about the city's wished installations (trams and shtuff) is enough to assure itself its supposèd world-class status...

Anyhow, click here to see the livery that the operator's chosen for the new fleet:

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Old March 27th, 2011, 11:56 PM   #194
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I read somewhere that STM is considering going over to electric trolleybuses on some routes. Anybody know anything about it?

More interested in actual news about the project than people's distain for buses..
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Old April 5th, 2011, 01:35 AM   #195
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The MTC wishes to make all its traction electrically powered by Year 2025. The trolley busses you must've been getting wind of wouldn't be powered by overhead wires; no, they'd like their route termini to be equipped with battery charging stations that they figure would take at least 20 minutes to recharge the batteries of any bus, i.e., after each one-way trip it'd make (Does anybody think the MTC can afford recruiting actual [real!!] engineers?!?!)

I disdain busses, by the way

By the way, doesn't anybody else --namely another Montrealer/Montréalais-- find the MTC's promotion of the renderings of its wheel-less trains as queer as I do?!? You see, I can't think of any other metro around the world where clean, ever-so-tidy skirting of the undercarriages like either Montreal's MR63 or MR73 fleets does... I'd dislike seeing the loss of this Montreal characterstic from the city's future fleets...

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Old May 14th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #196
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(Montreal's) The STM invites transit users to voice their opinion about the seats for
the future métro cars









Their question's useless --for now-- because of elimination of advertisents from its own renderings...
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Old May 15th, 2011, 02:29 AM   #197
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The absolute mismatch in technology in Montreal for its needs shows you the stupidity of blind nationalistic politics.

The Parisian metro can be rubber-tired because Paris has a moderate climate with very infrequent snowfalls and lack of severe winter weather. Here rubber tires make sense.

In Montreal, rubber tires make absolutely no sense whatsoever, and hinder the further development of the metro. In most North American cities, in the outer areas of a metro network, lines are above ground to save costs. So, just to be like Paris (and hence be more "French") Montreal went with rubber tires.

This means that even if the metro is ever extended to an outer area, the tunnel must be built underground. Otherwise, the rubber tires won't work!

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Old May 15th, 2011, 11:12 AM   #198
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The STM could easily decide to make a surface or elevated section (if it had trains that were weather resistant) by simply heating the rails to keep snow and ice from accumulating on the tracks. There are thousands of road vehicles in Canada that have rubber tires, so obviously they can work in this climate as long as snow or ice doesn't build up (which is why we plow and salt the roads).

But the fact is, having a completely underground system hasn't really hindered the Metro's expansion. When you compare the subway network in Montreal to other cities in North America, the metro is just as extensive relative to the population.

Greater New York City has about 1km of metro for every 50,000 people (when you include NY Subway, PATH, and SIR). Greater Chicago has about 1km of metro for every 54,000 people, Greater Boston has about 1km of metro for every 74,000 people, and greater Toronto has about 1km of metro for every 81,000 people. Montreal by comparison has 1km of metro for every 53,000 people.

So Montreal has been able to afford a system large enough to serve the population very well without having significant surface extensions that are present in all the other systems mentioned. Also, surface subway actually has several disadvantages in a climate like Montreal's in that the weather takes a major toll on the system requiring more to be spent on maintenance, and it is less comfortable for customers since they are exposed to the cold.

Besides, the current Montreal metro could not be extended significantly even if it could go outside because the lines already have near the maximum number of stops. A line cannot have more than about 15 stops from the end to the most common destination (usually city centre) since it makes for a tedious journey. NY and London overcome this by having express service, but the Montreal Metro doesn't have the extra tracks that would allow trains to pass each other. Adding such a capability would be massively expensive. Therefore, as Montreal grows, the best option would be to eventually build an S-Bahn/RER/BART type suburban system that would serve outlying areas. But until the city is large enough to justify the expense, it can make do by upgrading and expanding commuter rail.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 07:58 PM   #199
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Larmey! I can't tell what you're really saying .

The only possibly nationalistic ingredient inherent in Montreal's metro --from concept all the way through to inauguration-- might be (and that is "might be") the very tones themselves (of blue and white) to the metro livery here!

FYI, underground boulevard Pie-IX Line 7 was supposed to be steel traction, not rubber (this was ages ago, when numbering the lines superceded colouring'em).





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The STM could easily decide to make a surface or elevated section
but, no: its board obstinately went on record last Autumn that they'd never sanction such rights of way although they avow at cluttering the streetscape ('arterialscape') with trams; I mean, what transit operator wishes at becoming hell-bent at encumbering itself with pratts' traffic?!? Mine!





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Je trouve le concepte derrière le peindre du croix sur la montagne problématique: toi?


Il y a la compagne Chaque passager compte auquel son (introuvable!) affiche montre une petit centre ville sous une montagne courronée par un croix dont l'ensemble montagneux me pertube.

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Old May 21st, 2011, 08:49 PM   #200
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Hopefully, they'll dedicate a right-of-way and a lane to trams, like in Paris or Lyon.


http://www.parisbypod.com/images/pod...way-Alesia.jpg


http://www.galvaunion.com/images/rea...-tramway-8.jpg
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