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A decade is quite a while (nearly half a lifespan for some, myself included), so imagining the many changes that can occur to you in a ten-year span seems impossible to predict. Cities are a tad different, and require a legit plan for the coming years, which Montreal has just released, reports The Gazette.

Looking forward ten years into the future (no crystal ball was required) the "Montreal urban agglomeration land use and development plan" lists a bunch of different projects, some of which you'll care about, others maybe not so much.

While the plan has been criticized for not having specific completion dates (which we have to agree with) the city does have some interesting plans in motion. Read the full rundown of Montreal's 10-year strategy here, and read what we thought was most exciting below.

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1. The Blue Line Extension

The STM Metro network will gain five new stations going east on the Blue line heading towards Anjou. There's even a possibility that the metro extension will be above ground, as Denis Coderre suggested.


2. A New Way To Commute

Either a light-rail train or a tram-train that will be built that will connect downtown to the airport and the West Island. Another will also be set up to connect Angrignon station to Dorval, Lachine, and LaSalle. No official word on which mode of transportation will be chosen.


3. Better Bus Service

Tons of bus-only lanes will be set up, on highways and in the city-center and rapid bus lanes are also being planned to run along Pie-IX Blvd. We can't argue with quicker bus service, but we'd like to see the STM finally release a bus-tracking app like they promised too.


4. Montreal's First "Urban Boulevard"

It'll be out with the old/asphalt and in with the new/green with the creation of an "urban boulevard," which will be replacing the Bonaventure Expressway. We covered the story a short while ago, read more details here.


5. More Trees

The city has planned to plant an ambitious amount of trees by 2022, with the number totaling in at 300, 000. Not that we're complaining, errbody in the club needs 'dat oxygen, plus there will be more leaves to crunch when we're walking around in fall.


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6. Double The Amount Of Bike Paths

Like we talked about yesterday, the City of Montreal plans to multiply the current bike network by two, increasing the total km's of paths to 1, 280. A bike path from downtown to the airport will be included in the plan, because luggage and bicycles just makes sense.


7. A New Champlain Bridge

Everyone is more than aware of this project due to the name drama that arose a while back. What's also pretty cool (for non-drivers, at least) is the plan to build a light rail system on the Champlain.


8. More Green Spaces

Mother Nature will get a boost in Montreal real estate as the city hopes to increase the amount of protected green spaces on the island from 5.8% to 10%. Several spots will officially become "conservation areas" and new rules will come into place to ensure construction doesn't destroy any wildlife.


9. Less Cars & More People Downtown

Sorry drivers, but the downtown core will be streamlined to serve us pedestrians/commuters in the coming years. The city aims to decrease the use of cars while increasing the use of public transit, which will be done by creating more housing/apartments in the downtown area that are right next to existing or future public transit hubs.


10. Love To The West Island

While this only affects a few of us, those living in the West Island will be very pleased to hear the commute/drive Downtown will get less awful. As mentioned, a light-rail train/tram will be set up to between the West Island to downtown, along with the creation of more roads that will connect the west side to Highway 40 and Highway 20.

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