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Old April 3rd, 2012, 03:18 AM   #321
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Darn it: Having now heard the background music to that BBC series on London's tube, I really ought to retract my regional take on that musicology, coz those southern Brits are just as guilty from crossing that dopey threshold.
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Old April 10th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #322
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It looks like it was taken pretty recently, so, enjoy a ride on an AMT commuter rail service from Montréal-Ouest to Blainville:-

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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:20 AM   #323
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Were it not for such a circuitous commuter line, then there'd be no need for the Trainbus, which shaves 20 minutes
off the journey to or from the city centre

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......................................... train.............................................................. trainbus

Montréal-Ouest is the starting point featured in the video.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #324
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As reported here,

"There are also plans to bring the line into Mount Royal Tunnel, joining the Deux-Montagnes Line. The proposed plan would reduce travel time to downtown Montreal by 15 minutes, arriving directly at Central Station, instead of circling Mount Royal to arrive at Lucien-L'Allier station. The AMT plans to purchase dual-powered locomotives, like the ones to be used on the Repentigny–Mascouche Line, so that trains may run electrically when in the tunnel while continuing to operate on diesel on the rest of the line."

So that's something to look forward to I suppose.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 02:54 AM   #325
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$Billions would be saved were they to instead reconnect the elevated chord between the CN and CPR lines near Sauve W and Acadie ...
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Old April 25th, 2012, 03:44 AM   #326
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Once upon a time ... until 1995(?) ...


A fleet of the third coach featured at 1'24" used to exist in the '80s,
it was astonishing riding those coaches even back then...

Then, after a three-year(?) shut-down for retrofitting, came this ...

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Old April 25th, 2012, 04:21 AM   #327
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$Billions would be saved were they to instead reconnect the elevated chord between the CN and CPR lines near Sauve W and Acadie ...
Where exactly is that and what would be the final route?

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Once upon a time ... until 1995(?) ...
A fleet of the third coach featured at 1'24" used to exist in the '80s,
it was astonishing riding those coaches even back then...


Then, after a three-year(?) shut-down for retrofitting, came this ...
What exactly was astonishing about them?
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Old April 25th, 2012, 09:59 PM   #328
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Their yee-haw! factor encompassing possibly-cockney-sounding French ... I'm certain those coaches with their cowboyesque clerestory rooves must've predated the twentieth century



Looking 'east' on Acadie about 250m 'south' of Sauvé W., the following image reveals the ex-single-tracked chord:
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Looking 'northwest' on Acadie about 20m farther 'south', the following images reveal the date reading "1960" underneath the mainline viaduct with the chord viaduct seen in the background, on the right:





As revealed in the out-of-scale schematic hailing from 1957 in the following posting of mine, The chord made up Jacques Cartier Jct. That noisy diamond crossing in that yee-haw video I shared yesterday is the crossing sandwiched between St-Laurent (long dismantled) and Eastern (temporarily dismantled) junctions.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 11:15 PM   #329
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clickable...


Come to think of it, the ongoing grade separation of the diamond crossing near Eastern Jct did start some months
ago, thus it's a pity shame that resurrecting the Jacques Cartier Jct chord hasn't factored into the junction
reconfiguration. What with its tracking temporarily uprooted to make way for the construction site, I suspect
the Eastern Jct chord itself for the forthcoming(?) Train de l'Est will remain at grade. CN's north-south Deux-
Montagnes line, however, will pass over the east-west track, so maybe branching off an additional chord, but
above grade, devoted to a busy Laval line wouldn't pose much bother. (That segment of east-west track [CN]
between where it crosses over the Deux-Montagnes and north-south CP lines is just over one mile long ... pity
that the schematic bears so many track, topographic, and label omissions, oh well.)
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Old April 26th, 2012, 06:38 PM   #330
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Disastrous


St. Henri and Little Burgundy residents are worried about hundreds of extra buses that will converge on the
Lionel-Groulx métro station during construction of the new Turcot Interchange.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 11:01 PM   #331
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Old May 5th, 2012, 05:57 AM   #332
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Trudeau airport considers elevated train shuttle
By Andy Riga, Gazette Transportation Reporter May 4, 2012 9:37 PM

MONTREAL - Montreal’s airport authority is going back to the drawing board on its long-discussed train shuttle between Trudeau airport and downtown.

Its latest proposal: an elevated light-rapid transit system running along Highway 20 and the Ville Marie Expressway, perhaps arriving downtown in a new dedicated station, Aéroports de Montréal chief executive James Cherry said Thursday.

But the project is at a very preliminary stage, only a fraction of the required funding is in place and it’s unclear when or if it will be built.

The train would be modelled after Vancouver’s Canada Line, an automated driverless system that connects downtown to Vancouver International Airport and the city of Richmond. It opened in 2009. Cost: $2 billion.

Cherry said Montreal’s train would be cheaper because the line would be shorter and it would not involve the tunnel-boring required in Vancouver. But it’s too early to provide even a preliminary price tag, he added.

It will, however, be more expensive than the airport’s previous proposal – a $700 million train along Canadian National tracks, arriving at Central Station downtown.

So far, $200 million in government funding is in place for an airport train. It was promised by Quebec in 2010.

Speaking to reporters after Aéroports de Montréal’s annual meeting, Cherry said his studies indicate an airport train would be used by 10,000 passengers per day. But he said it’s premature to discuss the precise route or the location of a downtown station.

The airport authority, a private, non-profit company, started working on the shuttle in 2006, when it teamed up with the Agence métropolitaine de transport to come up with a joint project that would serve both airport travellers and West Island commuters.

By 2009, the airport and the AMT, Montreal’s commuter train authority, were declaring a joint train project could be in place by 2015.

But in 2010, the airport and the AMT went their separate ways. They could not agree on a route – the AMT wanted Lucien L’Allier station to be the downtown terminus, while the airport was set on using Central Station.

At that point, the airport said it would go it alone. It would build its shuttle along CN tracks, with a private partner operating the train.

But Cherry said that project was abandoned late last year due to CN’s conditions.

CN would only allow its right of way to be used if the railway could build the rail lines, control the trains and maintain the network, he said. Meanwhile, the airport would have had to “bear all associated risks, which is contrary to our business model, ” Cherry said.

He said it became clear a project with CN would be more complex and expensive than originally thought.

So the airport has been quietly studying an elevated train that would run on land owned by the airport, the Quebec government and the city of Montreal. Cherry said he will present some details to officials from all levels of government in a few weeks.

If funding is secured, it will take 36 to 48 months to put the train in place, he said. The project would first require a provincial environmental review. It’s unclear how long that would take.

This review would not have been required had the train gone on CN’s federally regulated right of way, Cherry said.

Since 2006, the airport has spent about $3.5 million on train-shuttle studies, he said.

The delays have not dampened Cherry’s enthusiasm for an airport train. “The need is greater than ever,” he said.

West Island commuter trains could one day share part of the airport train’s infrastructure, he said.

It’s unclear how that would work since the Quebec government is spending $22 million on engineering studies to improve West Island commuter train service along an existing Canadian Pacific corridor. Those studies are to be completed by year-end.

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Old May 5th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #333
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Seems kind of expensive to build and elevated light metro line to acct as a shuttle between two stops when the projected ridership will be only 10,000 riders per day. A Canada line type set up is capable of carrying that much per hour per direction.

The logical thing would be a line that also services other areas and perhaps just have a branch that serves the airport.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 10:06 PM   #334
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Pah! It's more a case of governmental neglect coupled to corporate governance ... don't forget, just a few weeks ago, Charest was too busy shirking students' objections to tuition hikes by instead shaking Brazilians' hands, officially representing corporate welfare recipient Bombardier for the sake of manufacturing some Sao Paulo monorail fleet ...



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Old May 6th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #335
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Yesterday's (column):
...Montreal's new airport rail idea might just fly
... At Dorval, there’d be no spur; instead, the entire line would make a slight detour, swerving off to the airport. ...
Slight? As opposed to --what-- full terminal access? Just how slight? Besides, isn't the axis to the airport authority's (additional!) phantom station set perpendicular to the alignment of the suggested detour? There'd be no avoiding a spur ...
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The only option is heavy rail, screw that linear induction motor crap. Being visionary would be implementing a couple of additional lines around Mount Royal's opposite face, serving near East End and Laval. I suspect flexible routes themselves are what it would take to turn the island-locked airport into a true hub, not the obligatory constraints of some Can-o'-duh Line technology, which always seized in even the lightest snowfall

Fly? When this whole proposal ought to remain down to earth?
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Old May 6th, 2012, 08:13 PM   #336
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How come this five-month drought on follow-up?
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With the newspaper report now wholly offline, it may be clear why forummers here outright copy and paste such reports
... maybe Trainnews themselves are wasting time indexing the story ...


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Old May 8th, 2012, 05:47 PM   #337
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Hi, everyone, I've seen on the internet that Montreal has received a Irisbus Citelis 18 (artic) Hybrid bus for testing, does anyone have any news concerning this bus?

Its pretty amazing, considering the fact, this Citelis 18 is a bus from Milano's bus network in Italy and thus is still running with european specifications.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #338
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How about these links?


Maybe it was the one of the same advocates interviewed in English on the radio this morning who says the cost of the airport's wish would be twice as much as their own one ... today's :
Train de l’Ouest advocates reject airport authority's shuttle idea
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Old May 9th, 2012, 03:13 AM   #339
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The ongoing inspection might take a year to complete, so says last year's news report to the following image revealing the derailment:


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None of the following videos reveal its electric operation, oh well:







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Clickable, to some fan's draft roster...
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