In the coming weeks, these passages will increase and be observable on the South Shore.
Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM)
The "representative segment" on the South Shore, as the REM calls it, "is made up of all the components of the automated system, which will be present on the REM's 67-kilometre network, as well as two stations, Brossard and Du Quartier stations, equipped with platforms screen doors."
The tests will make sure all those components, which include the communications, electrical and acceleration systems are running smoothly, the REM tells MTL Blog.
The train will first remain at low speeds to "test its functionalities and gradually test the interfaces between each of the components of the metro system."
Testing will then ramp up and the trains will eventually reach speeds of 100 kilometres per hour.
While it'll be an automated metro system, technicians will be present on the train throughout the tests.
You'll be able to see them chugging along if you're anywhere between the REM's maintenance centre and boulevard Milan.
An investment of $885 million is earmarked for a huge three-year plan called the "Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023." This action plan will "prioritize measures that promote the increase and diversification of the supply of sustainable, integrated, affordable and accessible transport, being at the heart of green and inclusive economic recovery," according to a press release.
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In addition to nearly 1,000 paid reserved parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Montreal by 2025, the city will focus its efforts on "decarbonization solutions for public transport, individual transport, shared mobility and freight transport."
Most notably, the city will support the STM's plans to electrify its bus fleet and garages. Funding will also include investments for the blue line extension.
The plan will also add more than 2,100 electric BIXI bikes across all 19 boroughs.
"I am extremely proud of this new strategy, which proves once again to Montrealers that the environment is an issue that is dear to us and that we are taking concrete steps to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
The first Ocean line train of 2021 will depart Halifax on August 11 and Montreal on August 15.
"As it had been done for the other VIA Rail services, the return to operation will occur progressively beginning with one weekly round trip," the company said in a press release.
"To follow and respect guidelines and recommendations from public health authorities and provincial governments, we could not provide our passengers the service and frequencies offered under normal circumstances," VIA Rail CEO Cynthia Garneau stated.
"Our objective has always been the safe resumption of the Ocean when conditions allowed it, and we could not be happier to be able to finally proceed with this gradual return to service in this region."
Canada Day falls on a Thursday this year. Whether you're spending the day moving, partaking in COVID-safe celebrations or attending a vigil/protest, Thursday will probably have a different feel to it than the rest of the week.