Finally a bit of good news for anyone who rides the orange metro line. In the next couple of months you'll be able to access the STM's 3G, 4G and 4G LTE internet networks from any station between Sherbrooke and Cote-Vertu.
The president of the STM announced Monday that this project should be completed by the start of 2016 so there's only a couple of months left as long as everything goes according to plan. And why wouldn't it? Everyone knows things get done on time and under budget here in Montreal. Okay so I may be a bit skeptical, but still, at least we know we'll have a proper internet connection in the metro eventually.
What's annoying though is this slow station-to-station installation. The internet is only awesome as long as it doesn't disconnect, so what's the point of only having it between Sherbrooke and Square Victoria? 5 stations in the middle of the orange line. By the time you reach the network and manage to connect your phone, you'll already be at Berri-Uqam. So now you only have 3 stations worth of connection left before you disconnect again. Seems kinda crappy if you ask me.
And what about the $50,000,000 installation cost? Yes, I know installing internet in a metro system isn't like installing it in your apartment, but $50,000,000 is pretty excessive for only 19 stations. Take a look at this study that shows that it would cost about $50,000,000 USD ($65,000,000 CAD) to install Wi-Fi in the entire New York City subway system, that's over 1055 kilometers of track. Meanwhile, Montreal's entire subway system only has about 70 kilometers of track. Luckily we won't be the ones footing the bill though, the cost will be split between Bell, Rogers, Telus and Videotron.
While the event is free, you have to reserve online in advance and you'll be denied entry without a ticket.
You can reserve seats on Ticketmaster 24 hours ahead of the game, with a maximum of four tickets per person. Tickets are only available digitally and printed tickets won't be accepted, so you'll have to show your ticket on your phone.
The whole site accommodates people with restricted mobility, but only Zone C has accessible bathrooms, reserved parking and private access from Rue Saint-Catherine O.
You won't be able to join people in other zones and you must remain in your ticketed zone at all times, so make sure you book the same zone as your friends.
Here's how you can use public transportation to reach your zone:
Zone A can be reached via Place des Arts metro station, at the de Bleury exit. Once outside, go south on Rue de Bleury until you reach Rue Sainte-Catherine O.
Zone B can be accessed via the Saint-Laurent metro station. Once outside, go west on Boul. de Maisonneuve until you reach Rue Saint-Urbain.
Zone C can also be accessed via the Saint-Laurent metro station. Once outside, go west on Boul. de Maisonneuve until Rue Saint-Urbain, then go south to 1444, rue Saint-Urbain.
The surrounding streets will be closed to traffic, save for Rue Saint-Urbain, which grants entry to the Complexe Desjardins, Place des Arts and Indigo parking lots.
Four screens will broadcast the match. The screening site opens at 5 p.m. and the hockey game starts at 8 p.m.
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Holness said he is "deeply concerned" with the City of Montreal's plan to give Société de transport de Montréal (STM) officers police-like powers.
"Young people who are oftentimes insecure economically [...] are finding themselves being profiled and beaten for $3.50," Holness said, referring to the cost of a single metro or bus ticket in Montreal.
A video that surfaced online in April showed an STM officer punching a Black person who allegedly crossed Jean-Talon metro turnstiles without paying the fare.
"If we're going to give police-like powers to STM [officers], the result needs to be giving more leeway to young people who are profiled socially and racially," Holness told MTL Blog.
"When they cross those barriers and enter the metro station, there's no need for police officers [...] to spot them because they'll have free transportation."