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Old January 27th, 2012, 03:04 AM   #301
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Quebec rock song about waiting for your train


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Old January 28th, 2012, 03:05 AM   #302
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Old January 28th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #303
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The photo reveals the husk to the station that's sitting underneath the new USA-destinations wing of the Dorval airport terminal, in anticipation of a probably-never-to-be-established rapid transit link.

Mirabel airport opened in the mid-70s and it too has an empty station like the photo. That airport was limited to serving overseas and charter flights throughout its 30-year service; it was supposed to take over all commercial flights in and out of the Montreal region. Its empty, husk of a station was converted into a staff (terminal employees) car park. Today, Mirabel serves just as a cargo facility and also a couple of aviation manufacturers.

An office building erected in the city centre back in the late-80s has half an empty train station sitting in its basement. Its (semi-)establishment was in anticipation of an additional downtown station, preceding the terminus barely 400 metres farther south.

Thus the hypothetical station quip might merely serve as a reflection of a recurring joke Montreal's been experiencing ever since the '60s. The region possesses two and a half train stations serving no train
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Old January 31st, 2012, 10:25 PM   #304
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Old January 31st, 2012, 11:30 PM   #305
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(production already several years old)



-- superb mid-century bustling street scenes
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Old February 11th, 2012, 12:11 AM   #306
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I agree with today's pair ():
Letters: Why are we buying Nova buses?
in response to 08 Feb 2012 :

Get ready for brighter, airier buses


Cleaner ride; New ones will be on the road for fall of 2013, STM says


Quebec's darling Novabus
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Old February 13th, 2012, 07:47 AM   #307
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And the video of the new interiors:

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Old February 13th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #308
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I presume you anticipate their mustering at least a single sale outside Quebec, whereas I don't ...
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Old February 14th, 2012, 08:03 AM   #309
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I presume you anticipate their mustering at least a single sale outside Quebec, whereas I don't ...
I know Vancouver had some interest in purchasing some LFX artics from NovaBus as they featured their demonstration bus for a bit...
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Old February 15th, 2012, 06:56 PM   #310
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Know? A trial model isn't indicative enough, to me. I could see their seating plan working on town fleets, not on city ones, e.g., no room for today's tank-sized push chairs/buggies/strollers to manœuvre in, never mind all the standees

My being compelled to share the following, recurring/repetitious/incessant lack of (i.e., no) does puzzle me
Today's:
PQ* calls for probe on Train de l'Est cost overruns


clickable... *PQ stands for Parti Québécois, being the current official opposition in the province's National Assembly


No consensus on how to reform Agence métropolitaine de transport


15 transit agencies charge almost 700 different fares



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A cheat sheet to transit in and around Montreal
A scorecard is helpful when considering Montreal transit.

The key players:

Agence métropolitaine de transport plans and co-ordinates transit in the region. The provincial body is run by a seven-person board. Four are appointed by Quebec, three by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. The AMT also operates commuter trains in the region.

Transport Quebec oversees the AMT and is responsible for highways.

Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal also plans and co-ordinates transit and is responsible for planning the metropolitan road network. The CMM is run by elected officials representing 82 municipalities on and around Montreal Island.

Société de transport de Montréal operates Montreal buses and the métro.

Société de transport de Laval operates Laval buses.

Réseau de transport de Longueuil operates buses in Longueuil agglomeration.

Eleven transit bodies operate buses outside Montreal, Laval and Longueuil.

West Island residents demand better transit service amid AMT president resignation



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17 Jan 2012:
Train de l’Ouest

ROUTE: Upgrade would cover 13 of the Vaudreuil-Hudson line’s 18 stations. Service would be improved between Ste. Anne de Bellevue and downtown’s Lucien L’Allier terminal (32 kilometres of tracks).

BACKGROUND: Dedicated commuter tracks would be added along most of the Vaudreuil-Hudson line. Ridership on the line rose by 11 per cent in 2011. Since 2002, ridership has grown by 26 per cent.

SERVICE: The number of trains per day would triple. There would be 86 trains on weekdays, including departures every 12 minutes at rush hour and every 30 minutes during off-peak hours.

RIDERSHIP: A 2010 study concluded that after the upgrade, the line would welcome 15,000 passengers per morning rush hour.

COST: The price tag has not been established, but some reports indicate it could cost about $1 billion.

STATUS: Quebec is spending $22 million for preliminary engineering studies, due in the fall. The province has not decided whether it will proceed with the project.

OPENING: No timeline is in place, but the AMT has said it could be ready as early as 2015 or 2016.

Train de l’Est

ROUTE: Connects Mascouche and Repentigny to downtown’s Central Station, a 51-kilometre route. It will have 13 stations, 11 of them new.

BACKGROUND: New service. Most of the route is not served by commuter trains. About three-quarters of the line will be on existing Canadian National tracks. The rest will be on new tracks.

SERVICE: Sixteen departures on weekdays, 13 of them at rush hour, the rest off-peak.

RIDERSHIP: The AMT says the train will welcome 5,500 passengers per morning rush hour.

COST: Originally budgeted at $300 million, the price ballooned to $715 million. Quebec says it will downscale the work to cut the price to $671 million.

STATUS: Construction started in 2010. To cut costs, Quebec says it has removed one station and will shrink parking lots.

OPENING: When announced in 2006, it was supposed to take 24 to 36 months to build. As recently as this summer, the AMT said it would open in fall 2012. Quebec now says it probably will not open until 2014.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 07:22 PM   #311
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25 Feb 2012 :
Montreal transit merger rejected

23 Feb 2012 :
Quebec eyes B.C. model for AMT that critics call ‘incompetent’



Some Vancouver-area mayors, including Coquitlam’s Richard Stewart (third from left), are critical of the region’s transit agency, TransLink, which has been suggested as a model for Montreal.


Anybody else find the safety devised into that photographed Vancouver car park mighty suspicious?
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Old February 29th, 2012, 10:35 PM   #312
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Today's :
Rail projects held up amid bickering and legal disputes

Airport shuttle and West Island upgrade stalled until December: transport minister



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†Provincial one, not the federal one.

27 Feb 2012 :
PQ* wants one Train de l'Ouest

Separate airport shuttle will cost $400M more, PQ MNA argues



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Old February 29th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #313
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I've recently read in an Issue of a UK-based Bus Magazine, that Montreal's Transport Agency is considering bringing back Trolleybuses on some routes. Is this correct?

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In the Canadian metropolis of Montreal, the design of a trolleybus system is being explored. In a first step, 42km of trolleybus line are being envisaged. In 2012, the results of a study are expected, which will present the consequences of such a system concerning cost structure and environmental friendliness in detail. As an alternative, battery buses with charging stations are also being examined.

In first estimates, costs of up to 300m C$ have been calculated for a first phase with around 40 vehicles, which could approximately be implemented until 2016. In the medium term however, the procurement of 100-150 articulated buses is intended, if the results of the study are positive. The idea of trolleybus system came up as a cost-efficient alternative to the construction of a city railway, for which 750m C$ were estimated for a 12.5 km city line, which could not be financed under the current circumstances. Next to the trolleybus option, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) also considers other electric bus variants, as it has been requested by the city municipal government to convert the whole fleet to electric drives until 2025.

As a preliminary stage, only hybrid buses were procured as of 2010, battery buses are being envisaged for some less frequented branch lines, for the main lines, the tried and tested technology of the trolleybus has been accepted in order to reach the goal of completely electrified public transport.
As a first candidate for electrification, the existing bus line 105 Metro Vendôme - Concordia University Loyola Campus has been mentioned, which is used by an average of approximately 17,000 passengers per weekday.
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Old March 1st, 2012, 10:42 PM   #314
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Your guess might be just as good as mine I entitled the following 24-Jan-2012 post of mine Then which is it gonna be, Montreal? :
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I really don't know why I bother linking to these blah-blah reports (no offense to the media intended):
STM bus fleet to be fully electric by 2025

'Fast-charge' buses would have charging stations at ends of each route

By Catherine Solyom, The Gazette May 22, 2010

The STM says its bus fleet will be zero-emission – and zero-noise – by 2025.

MONTREAL – Montreal's public transit system will be entirely electric by 2025, says the Société de transport de Montréal, making the city the first in North America to pledge to use only zero-emission - and zero-noise - vehicles.

The STM is currently waiting for a shipment of 380 new diesel buses, with a lifespan of about 15 years, said Carl Desrosiers, chief of operations for the STM. But these will be the last of their kind in Montreal.

In the meantime, the corporation will begin to introduce more efficient, and less polluting buses starting next year.

According to its action plan, released yesterday, in 2011 it will start testing electric, articulated trolley buses, linked to overhead wires, to be used eventually on some of the busiest bus routes, like Pie IX Blvd., Henri Bourassa Blvd., Saint-Michel Blvd. and Notre Dame St.

And by 2012, all new buses purchased will be at least minimally hybrid - many of them articulated.

But the real change will come in the form of fully-electric buses, tested for Montreal winters and eventually replacing most of the STM's 1,300 buses over the next 15 years.

The so-called "fast-charge" bus - rechargeable in 10 to 15 minutes - is extremely promising, Desrosiers said.

"Right now a regular bus does about 500 kilometres before refuelling. Right now, in the cold, no battery can do that. But if you put a power station at both ends of a bus line, when the bus arrives it recharges for 10-15 minutes and it's good for another 20 kilometres. ... That's the future." The fast-charge buses also have the added advantage of running without any overhead wires or trolley tracks on the ground, and hence they are able to bypass any obstacles on the road, like water main breaks or car accidents.

The move toward electricity as the main fuel source, as opposed to diesel, biodiesel or natural gas, is both economical and ecological, Desrosiers said, and the STM hopes it will entice more people to use the public transit system.

"Last year we used 45 million litres of gas," Desrosiers said. "My dream is that in 2025 we will use zero. That's a lot less greenhouse gases emitted. Around the world everyone's heading toward the electric buses. Here electricity is cheap and clean."

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Old March 16th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #317
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Today's :
Linkage* failure forced Green Line evacuation

Unprecedented incident, at 6:45 a.m., triggered rush-hour service halt of 73 minutes



A transit official blamed a subway-train breakdown Thursday morning for a lengthy service halt on the eastern leg of the Green Line, between Berri-UQÀM station and Honoré-Beaugrand.
* Coupling BTW, is fair-enough railway terminology just as foreign in your country as it is in mine? If this be the case where you live, do you think this dumbing-down of railway words be brought about by big business? I wonder if this also be the case in French across my country ...


Quebec to spend $19.2M improving West Island commuter rail line



Paul Côté, the new interim president of the Agence métropolitaine de transport, talks to media at the Beaconsfield train station after announcing the financing of improvements of signalization and other infrastructure work on the Vaudreuil-Hudson train line.
So much for cruelty to a joke ... 19.2M$: Who do these people(?) think they're kidding!
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3-station timelapse -- mute! the type of accompaniment most Quebec publicists adopt is geared for clowns
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Montreal's becoming increasingly impotent, go figure. Saturday's news linked at the bottom of this post here is in response to the anticipated demolition and replacement of the following crucial, dilapidated autoroute interchange that serves 300,000 cars and trucks per day:


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This close-up, being the only one I can find, shows the covered three-track intercity ROW cutting underneath the interchange, clearly revealing the overall state of the 45-year-old interchange


STM adds four new express bus routes on West Island

The average distance of each of these routes is 28Km, the average frequency of each service set at every 20 minutes, plus one of them's rush hours only. How the province --let alone the country-- thinks it can get away with band-aid bus service over remedial rail service for years and years on end
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