Saturday, October 17, 2009

Public Transit Front And Center In Montreal's Municipal Election

Mayor Gérald Tremblay greets a man as he sits behind the wheel of the city's first articulated bus this summer in front of Montreal city hall. A total of 202 of the low-floor articulated buses will be purchased by the city. Photograph by: John Kenney, Gazette File Photo

Too Good To Be True? -- Montreal Gazette

If you buy all the promises being put forward by the major political parties, Montreal is about to enter a golden age of public transit - no matter who wins.

You can be forgiven for being skeptical about public-transit election promises.

New métro cars to replace a fleet that went into service in the mid-1960s? Still in talks, three years after a $1.2-billion contract was awarded.

Bus rapid-transit lines on major arteries? Quebec is still mulling a plan to rebuild the first one, on Pie IX Blvd., seven years after it was closed after two fatal accidents.

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My Comment: Spend money on fixing the existing metro system instead of dreaming of expanding into numerous areas of public transit.

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