If all goes to plan, Montreal will see some new commuter lines added to the public transportation system by 2015, according to the Journal Metro. Robert Poëti, Montreal's Minister of Transport, recently proposed the implementation of an "above-ground metro" to extend the blue line to Pie-IX, as well as a brand-new line that would run from St-Catherine Street all the way up to Laval, in the hopes of easing the lives of commuters.
It was actually former mayor Gérald Tremblay who first suggested a tramway route that would run along Côte-des-Neiges, with priority given to extending the blue line to Pie-IX, but we all know what happened to that guy. It seems the idea is still alive and well, however, but not without its detractors.
While it would apparently cost considerably less than building a regular underground metro and the BRT (bus rapid transit) proposed for Pie-IX, as well as greatly reduce congestion on the orange line, experts are concerned about the infrastructure required for an above-ground metro. Namely, the ugly electrical wires that would be exposed, especially during winter, the issue of building the necessary overhead structures when our bridges are already collapsing, and the removal of subsequent parking spots.
Regardless of the pros and cons of an above-ground metro, the city of Montreal definitely has to figure out how to extend public transportation to include more of the island and off-island routes, but as to which system seems more viable is still up for debate.
What do you think? Would you welcome the return of tramways in Montreal, or should STM just extend the metro lines we already have underground and add new/more bus routes?
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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The STM has unveiled its new plan to build more reserved bus lanes by 2025.
A collaboration with the City of Montreal, the plan will "translate into a series of measures to improve bus service on strategic axes of the Island of Montreal over the coming years," according to a press release.
Vision 2025 : un nouveau réseau structurant, fort et fiable
"We want Montrealers everywhere to have access to efficient, fast and frequent transportation services a few steps from their home or place of work," Mayor Valérie Plante said in the release.
"This strategy, which aims to increase the number of buses, reserved lanes and preferential measures for buses, will ensure smoother, faster and more reliable journeys by 2025."
The action plan is split into two parts: "improvement of the regular network" and "implementation of specific measures on targeted structuring axes," the STM says.
First, the STM will continue improving its existing structures by adding more reserved lanes and priority traffic lights "in sensitive sectors during peak periods."
"The emphasis will be placed on the establishment of reserved lanes on strategic axes in order to support employment sectors, developing sectors, the reduction of overcrowding and mitigation measures during major works," the company explained.
Finally, the STM will explore ways to develop more reserved lanes in targeted sectors. Intended to be complementary to the metro, these reserved lanes will be distinctive and provide reserved bus service 24/7.
"These scalable measures may not only include the establishment of reserved lanes with extended off-peak time slots, but also the development of RBS [rapid bus service] type infrastructure."
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