As Montrealers, we're pretty much used to change. Things change all the time in the city, and while most change is good - well, that doesn't mean we can't be a little bit nostalgic about the things we'll never see again. In case you needed reminding (or your daily dose of feels), here are 8 Things You'll Never See Again In Montreal.
1. An Expos Game
Remember how fun it was to collect Expos cards and go to all their games? Yeah, hold on to those feelings. Because we'll probably not be experiencing the again any time soon.
2. La Ronde's Le Diablo ride
Which was probably the most fun ride when you were a kid. Don't worry if you miss it, though. Le Diablo exists under another name at other Six Flags locations, unlike many of our other favourite rides.
3. Everyone banding together against the Nordiques
Don't pretend it wasn't awesome to see the Habs win against the Nordiques. Also don't pretend like you won't find an old Nordiques cap buried somewhere in your basement.
4. Roller skating waitress at the Orange Julep
Which was probably the best part of going to the Orange Julep. Sadly, the waitresses retired their skates for good in the early 2000s. It's okay though. We'll just settle on coming back for the juice and the cars. And, you know. The giant orange ball.
5. These old school bus passes
And the thrill of finding a kind bus driver who would pretend not to notice if your bus pass was a few days old. Bonus points to you if the highlight of your month was seeing what wacky new design the passes would have. Somehow, the blue and orange Opus designs just isn't the same.
6. All of the STCUM, actually
The STCUM got rid of two letters and is now just the STM, but that's not all that changed. Remember the paper transfers? The buses without the accordion extensions? The change boxes that kind of really worked on a good faith system? Yeah, me too. Shoutout to those beast turnstiles in the metro that would chachunk every time you'd feed in your bus pass. We miss you, STCUM. We miss you.
7. Le Drugstore
RIP cheap drinks and awesome karaoke nights. Le Drugstore was probably a huge staple of your night out, especially if you planned to hit the rest of the clubs in the Village later on in the night. Sadly, we've all had to find other places to pre game our nights out.
Which was a Montreal institution, until it closed down in 2006. Was Ben's Deli actually the first place to bring smoked meat to Montreal? Who knows for sure. But I do know for sure that their smoked meat was ace, and now it's gone. #FrownsAllAround.
A few lucky Montreal-area residents will be able to test refilling their OPUS cards from their phones this fall and winter.
"During the experiment, which will run from September 14 to December 31, 2021, citizens will be invited to try out and comment on a function under development for reloading the OPUS card from a smartphone," the metro area's transit authority, the ARTM, said in a press release.
"Eventually," it continues, "this innovative and user-friendly feature will allow public transit users to consult the contents of their OPUS card, purchase tickets and add them to the card in a few moments from their smartphone."
The pre-pandemic monthly struggle of waiting in long lines to refill your OPUS card is all too familiar to Montreal transit riders.
We dare say there is NOTHING worse than forgetting to renew your monthly fare ahead of time and only realizing your mistake when you're late for work and come across the long line in your metro station.
STM, RTL, STL and exo riders can apply to participate in the experiment online. The lucky chosen ones will also have a chance to win one of five $100 prizes.
Montreal's Plaza Saint-Hubert is getting two self-driving buses that the public can ride for free as part of a pilot project that will be on from October to December 2021 and May to July 2022.
The two electric minibuses from the company Keolis will operate along a 2-kilometre loop between rues Saint-Hubert and Saint-André, and rues Beaubien and Jean-Talon.
There will be seven stops and the buses will reach a maximum speed of 20 km/h. Even though they're self-driving, an operator will still be aboard.
According to the city, the pilot project will study the "integration of this technology into the urban fabric" and will make possible the "cohabitation of autonomous shuttles with other means of transportation."
The buses will run "out of sync with the Line 30 buses in order to improve the population's active travel options."
There's enough room for 15 people aboard each bus, but, because of the current public health context, the city says only five will be allowed for the time being.
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