Monday, May 25, 2009

Put The Brakes On Métro Expansion, Activists Advise

Commuters wait for the metro at Berri-UQAM Station.
Photograph by: Vincenzo d'Alto, Gazette file photo

From The Montreal Gazette:

Money should first go to commuter trains, tramways says Green Coalition

Before spending $3 billion to extend the métro in Montreal’s east-end, Laval and Longueuil, officials should consider faster, cheaper ways to improve public transit and come up with an integrated regional transportation plan, transit activists say.

Montreal, Laval and Longueuil will reportedly ask Quebec to okay a 10-year plan to extend the métro by 11 stations over 20 kilometres, at a cost of $150 million per kilometre. The plan envisages a new Montreal-Laval link on the Orange line, and extensions from St. Michel to Anjou in the east end on the Blue line, and of the Yellow line deeper into the South Shore.

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