Of course, there are legitimate arguments to be made against uberX. As Quebec Transport Minister Robert Poëti and others have noted, it violates the province’s current transport laws. It’s hard not to feel at least a twinge of sympathy for the cabbies whose business has been hurt by the service. The informal nature of it, particularly in comparison with “legitimate” taxis, raises security issues.
However, despite the concerns, there’s no doubt that allowing uberX to operate freely in the city is what’s best for Montrealers. According to the company, rides from the service typically cost 20 to 30 per cent less than normal cab fares, letting customers save money. The company has an agreement with the RCMP for conducting criminal background checks, limiting safety concerns.
Furthermore, it’s not like traditional cabs have worked particularly well for Montrealers. Last year, the police investigated 17 cases of sexual assault in taxis. The process to become a driver involves obtaining a permit, completing 150 hours of training, and passing background checks, but it clearly hasn’t been enough to keep taxis safe. UberX has had its share of problems, but it’s proved to be a more reliable way for Montrealers to get around the city.
Overall, what’s best for the city is to allow the service to compete with traditional taxis. Montrealers should be allowed to choose the service that works best for them, and, increasingly, that’s proved to be uberX.
"The Government of Canada is taking the first steps in preparing for the procurement process to build a new train service in the Toronto to Quebec City Corridor," Transport Canada announced in a press release on Tuesday.
While there are several steps and consultations with "Indigenous groups and communities" to undertake before accepting proposals in fall 2021, the government plans to build "dedicated passenger rail tracks which would provide many key benefits to travellers."
These include, according to the government:
"shorter travel times and faster trains that would reduce average trip times between Toronto and Ottawa by up to 90 minutes;
"more reliable on-time arrival performance up to 95 percent from a current average of 67 percent;
"more direct routes with improved connectivity between cities and to other modes of transportation;
"new services to certain communities, such as Peterborough, Trois-Rivières, and Laval, and new stations in targeted locations including near Jean Lesage Airport;
"more frequent departures between cities; and"
"a cleaner travel option using electrified technology."
"High Frequency Rail in the Toronto to Quebec City Corridor is a massive transportation project with the potential to transform passenger rail service by offering faster, more reliable, more frequent, and cleaner transportation service," said Canada's Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra.
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Full-time students aged 18 and up are eligible for a 40% discount on all the ARTM's monthly passes. In Montreal, this amounts to $54. Due to the raised price of the regular monthly pass, students will wind up paying $1 more than the previous cost, which was $53.
Single and double STM trips will remain the same price — $3.50 and $6.50 respectively — but 10 trips will now cost the average adult $30.00, up from $29.50.
Regular fare for a three-day pass is going up 50 cents to $20.50. Weekly passes are going up 75 cents to $28 and monthly passes are going up $2 to $90.50.
You can find a full list of the public transportation fares coming into effect on July 1, 2021 here.
But it turns out it's not so bad after all, we were actually chosen as the host city because of how great our system is. (Guess we can't complain anymore.)
They will be showcasing all the latest solutions, innovations and products related to public transport right here in our city, and with that in mind, the official Twitter account of the UITP Summit just tweeted out this interesting map of what Montreal's public transportation system could look in the future.
"Montréal is the object of big transformations, UITP Summit is a unique opportunity to be inspired by worldwide examples" Daniel Bergeron pic.twitter.com/S7QhbH8w8c
I don't know if you noticed, and if you didn't then you clearly live under a rock, but it rained a SHIT TON yesterday! I mean there was literally a flood warning announced yesterday morning and we can all say that the rain came through to make that true. It literally rained through the whole day and the whole night in ALL of Montreal! To be exact, it actually rained so much that there were power outages, floods, and well... people kayaking in parking lots! Yes I said it, and yes it is true. The people of Montreal actually kayaked in the parking lot of the Colisee in Kirkland and below is the video to prove it.
I don't know if this is a pure genius idea or something out of complete stupidity, but I won't lie, it's pretty damn cool! Kayaking through a parking lot during a sever rain warning is a great way to embrace the shitty weather that has taken over Montreal's summer. I mean what else are bros (those kayaking: Leung Andy, Benoît Roussel, Vincent Péloquin and Charles Demeule)going to do when you don't have any power in Montreal? This just goes to show what happens when you take away Wifi from teenagers...
This video is honestly hilarious and when I saw it on my friends Snapchat (creds to Nicko Chiminian-Snapchat @nicko121) I literally had to watch it about 10 times! I mean now when it's raining you will literally have no excuse because you can just Kayak anywhere in Montreal. So, next time your boss is forcing you to come to work in sever rain.. grab your kayak! Or when your girl says "my parents aren't home..." and you don't have the car but it's really raining you now have a new way to get there! Kayaking in Montreal may just be our new source of transportation until it's banded like everything else that's cool in Montreal.