Below ground is where you'd think to find the metro, but the STM may be moving things above ground in the near future, if Denis Coderre gets his way. In an official discussion held on Sunday, Montreal'st mayor and the AMT are now looking into extending the Blue line above ground, reports Journal Metro, though it may not be such a solid idea.
The not-so-official plan is to extend the Blue Line all the way to Anjou, using a light rail system instead of a below-ground metro line. Coderre is all for the above-ground Blue Line mainly for the price, as a light rail would cost three times less than an actual metro.
Nothing is set in stone, however, as Montreal's Minister of Transport still wants to analyze all the options before spending billions on a Blue light rail line. A plan doesn't need to be submitted by the AMT (who are handling the extension rather than the STM) 'til the end of the year, so don't expect an official decision for some time.
Not having to burrow below ground will definitely save a lot of cash, though critics have slammed the notion of creating an above-ground metro extension. Projet Montreal believes the new method will take too long to put in place, while local blogger Taylor Noakes has a long list of 9 reasons why the metro won't be extended via a light rail system (where the map above is from) arguing the method would not be beneficial for other metro lines either. Read his rundown of reasons here.
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."