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Old September 20th, 2013, 10:31 AM   #641
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It's a tight city, it needs lots more metro coverage than what's supposed to be proposed tomorrow (today).
Besides that blue line schould be extended westwards to Montréal-Ouest and connect with Canadian Rail to perform a tangential service. Would be important also for passengers to Trudeau-airport.

What I really like to know ist, if there are already build tunnels for the long-planned extension from Cote Vertu to Bois-Franc. It should get started long time ago. Since then I heard nothing about this anymore.

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Old September 20th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #642
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Announcement was more the recurring exercise in bureaucratic fanfare. Provincial transport minister was accompanied by his 3 peers for the Education, Families, and Montreal Region portfolios, as well as the MTA's chief. Yet another committee is going to be established to conduct yet another study. Out of 110 studies conducted over at least the last 40 years, this one is to cost at least 38½M$ and to take no less than 2 years to -uhm- conclude. 5 additional stations strung along a 7 Km blue line extension rumoured to cost between 250 & 350M$/Km. Feasibility study into extending the yellow line on the south shore was also promised today.

Much along the lines of the preceding post here, most anglo callers into the lunchtime radio programme today in their small world view predictably gave the blue line extension a whopping ... such snobs are simply too prudish to see for themselves just how dire the east end's traffic woes are ...
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Old September 20th, 2013, 10:16 PM   #643
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Old September 21st, 2013, 07:17 AM   #644
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I ought to have mentioned that the Anjou extension would be up and running no sooner than the early '20s.
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Old October 14th, 2013, 07:54 AM   #645
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Old October 18th, 2013, 05:20 AM   #646
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most anglo callers into the lunchtime radio programme today in their small world view predictably gave the blue line extension a whopping ... such snobs
Ever since last month's announcement, the city's English-language media have been unfavourable toward metro extensions, going so far as to have university professors and editors write articles or give interviews whereat they scoff at metro extensions with awfully lame excuses.

Meanwhile, French-language nationwide news reported a survey (poll) last night of Montreal area residents that yielded the following (approximate) results with respect to which type of extension or comeback should be given priority:
• 59% - metro
• 29% - reserved bus lanes
• 12% - tram(ways?)
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Old October 18th, 2013, 05:21 AM   #647
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Today's
It's back to drawing board for electric bus plan


The company that was supposed to manufacture Montreal's first no-diesel road vehicles declared bankruptcy and stopped operations. Laval's public transit agency purchased an all-electric EcoSmart bus from the firm, DesignLine USA.
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Old November 4th, 2013, 07:00 AM   #648
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Potty Quebec's gonna invest in a 3-year study about delving into the private electrc transport sector.
Any screwier? watch us...
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Old November 7th, 2013, 04:12 AM   #649
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Potty Quebec's gonna invest in a 3-year study about delving into the private electrc transport sector.
Any screwier? watch us...
lol, a 3 year study, it's not like maglev or something...why can't they just crunch a few numbers and make a decision?
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Old November 12th, 2013, 06:59 AM   #650
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Studies are this (officially-speaking for the last few years now ) nation within a nation's forte... ...hmmm should the first instance of the nation in fact be the one of the pair that takes the possessive case? I wonder how long it would take Kébec to study this -uhm- foreign attribute
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Old November 12th, 2013, 07:06 AM   #651
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Yesterday's -- this oddity (of Quebec's multitude) might interest N American sub/urbanites
Carpoolers envy reserved bus lanes


The reserved lane on St-Jean Blvd. in the West Island is the only one on the STM’s territory that allows carpoolers.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 07:32 AM   #652
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Today's re. the inadequacy of the revamped major bus hub adjacent to downtown being inaugurated tomorrow (Wednesday). :pfft: All those passengers riding trains for a mere mile out of miles and miles' worth of any given journey occuring through that hub :
New terminal will mean longer walk for West Island commuters


The STM is about to open the $3.3 million bus terminal at Lionel-Groulx métro station, which will primarily serve West Island bus routes.


:pfft: Our costly shtudies here yield crappiness ... Vive le Train de l'Ouest...?
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Old November 14th, 2013, 07:50 AM   #653
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Commuter confusion reigns at new Lionel Groulx bus terminal


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Old November 15th, 2013, 01:34 AM   #655
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lol, a 3 year study, it's not like maglev or something...why can't they just crunch a few numbers and make a decision?
Basic reality: studying is cheaper than building, and, studying keeps people employed.

Say that the average cost of building something is $25 million per km. Say that the average salary including benefits for those involved in the study, down to the janitor, is $100,000 per then 1 km of something built equals 250 workers studying for 1 year. Factor in inflation, and the real rise in the cost of materials, that $25 million in 5 years will be $50 million. 1 km of something then would be equal to 500 worker years (real wages are not increasing as fast as the cost of materials, etc.), or maybe 425 worker years adjusted for inflation.

Studies keep people employed without significant political risk.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 03:26 AM   #656
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Building something?
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Old November 19th, 2013, 11:17 AM   #657
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The Azur fleet (MPM10?) is supposed to make its appearance next Autumn .. last week, nationally operated radio news was trying to create citywide buzz by broadcasting (the public's?) suggestions about what could be done with the older MR63 fleet as it gradually becomes redundant .. I'd be astonished if a couple of rakes wouldn't be preserved for periodic operation.

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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:00 PM   #658
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They will prob preserve a few cars.

Their counterparts in Paris (the MP 59) are projected to hit retirement sometime between 2016 and 2025. They will likely be pulled from service sometime between 2019 and 2021. Their replacement is currently unclear, but it's going to be a unique shuffle of trains.
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I doubt it .. they might have a knack for private keepsakes, but Quebeckers are really crummy when it comes to public ones .. the «Je me souviens» motto's their biggest pretention, lie, trust me .. honestly, neighbouring New England regions are the ones who bear a flair for history, being a pastime that's too mature for Quebec sensibility .. a lot of stuff around here gets squashed and forgot over the ages

Neat .. if not already accomplished, I thought the MP59s were already being phased out of the network. I remember riding a >70-year-old Spragge model on a school trip at the dawn of the '80s .. and to think it was an early version, line of that brand at that (1908? 1911?).
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MP 59s still operate on Line 11 in Paris. They were removed from Line 1 during the late 90s but were refurbished to extend their lifespans. It's highly speculated that the MP 89CC stock will take over for Line 11 come 2019/2020 because Line 4 is slated for automation around that time. Line 11 itself will become automated by 2030-2035 and at that time (if not before then) the MP 89CC will likely be retired.
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