Montreal is a mess of construction this summer. Several major routes are closed while still others are in desperate need of repair.
With so much noise, dust, and frustration, it can be difficult to envision the future that all this disruption promises.
Well yesterday, the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) released a map to give Montreal residents a glimpse into the city's transit future. The release comes as the center-right party tries to spur enthusiasm ahead of the October provincial elections.
In short, the map is dazzling.
Some notable features:
– The long-promised northern extension of the STM Blue Line;
– The extension of the already-under-construction Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) into Laval and across the South Shore;
– The construction of a light rail tram line stretching from downtown Montreal to the northern tip of the island and Montreal North;
– Two new highway extensions from routes 50 and 640;
– And the cancellation of Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante's plant to create a new STM Pink Line.
According to recent opinion polls, the CAQ is poised to win a majority in the October elections. So this map could one day become a reality. Of course, that will mean decades of more construction...
Political parties in Montreal and Quebec at-large have long competed to win the hearts of frustrated Montreal residents and commuters. The question is: will they ever be able to follow-through on their promises.