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  1. It's been 20 years now, and I'm still waiting for the AMT to make "Intégration tarifaire" to happen. Well it didn't. Hey EXO and every political party. Give us a really good deal on transit! An EXO unlimited zone daypass would fix this problem. $12 gets you every train, REM, bus and metro for a day. $40 for a week. $120 for a month. Drop the price and reduce the number of fare zones. Plant a massive warehouse-size EXO daycare at every train station to rake in the money and pay for the trains. Why $12 (or less) ? Because the Google Traffic Map is all RED now. Keep bicke
  2. RTL territory mayors want a piece of the transportation improvement pie during the pre-election period: https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2018/08/20/cinq-maires-de-la-rive-sud-veulent-des-engagements Extension of the yellow line towards Rolland-Therrien is a good choice, but there is still no efficient way to travel between Panama Terminus, Longueuil Métro and the theoretical Rolland-Therrien station sector. Would efficient bus travel involve: 1) Frequent hub-and-spoke from each rail transit terminus? 2) Point-to-point between popular destinations? 3) An express b
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    13 stations between Bonaventure and Crémazie will be receiving anti-suicide barriers similar to those used in the automated portion of the Paris Métro, at a cost of $15 million per station. The placement of platform of doors will correspond to the Azur's exit doors: http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/grand-montreal/201808/16/01-5193304-des-portes-antisuicides-dans-13-stations-de-la-ligne-orange.php https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/montreal-metro-system-getting-anti-suicide-barriers-at-13-stations This will mean that the MR-73's (and the STM's last remaining MR-63 element) will
  4. Train "Attendant" does not equal Train Operator, who typically hovers over a red mushroom in case of emergencies or track obstructions. Will every train get an "attendant"? If not, late night trains can become an arena for Fisticuffs-Free-for-All.
  5. Ever wonder what will happen on REM's unattended automated trains if something goes wrong and trains get stuck between stops? At least on the STM Métro the train operators can debug a train, seal and bypass doors and manually operate the train in case of track signalling defects. Here is an example from the Paris Métro, Line 1, which is fully automated with no personnel on board: https://www.rtl.fr/actu/debats-societe/paris-la-ligne-1-du-metro-bloquee-les-usagers-evacues-par-les-voies-7794287300 You get stuck and you fend for yourself! These people were supposedly in reach of urban ar
  6. NovaBus LFS HEV hybrid (BAE HDS200) were supposed to cost $750,000 each. Each of those buses is now costing the STM $1.4 million ($1,400,000) to buy. 300 buses were ordered, a total order of $420 million. The fleet of 300 buses will cost $75 million to maintain each year. https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/opposition-wants-to-know-who-is-paying-excess-costs-for-300-new-stm-buses-1.4035307 It is doubtful that equipping STM buses with an air conditioning system is responsible for inflating the price of each bus to ultra-ridiculous levels.
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    After riding the Orange Line for the past few months, I noticed that the line is completely saturated with riders from 7am to 9am (towards Côte-Vertu) and 3pm to 7pm (towards Montmorency), between Crémazie and Lionel-Groulx. The literature (annual reports) and press releases from the STM also suggests the same. The introduction of the Azur was supposed to alleviate this with their higher passenger capacity. However, I have noticed that station dwell times are painfully longer (>45 seconds per station) compared to the MR-73's. It's starting to take really too long to load the trains and
  8. 35 days later... It's July 20th. Trains are late due to the availability of a single track. And yet there is no trace or progression of any phase of REM construction: https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2018/07/19/ou-est-le-chantier-du-rem-qui-cause-tant-de-retards-de-trains
  9. Some CIT's assign vehicles according to demand, so a cutaway would serve routes with light ridership, or weekend runs. Other CIT's like Sainte-Julie want nothing to do with cutaways and so the minimum size of a bus would be a Grande West Vicinity. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu would put 61-passenger coaches and full-size transit buses on weekends even when ridership justifies a minibus. Conditions of contract and cities' willingness to pay determine whether the community gets a minivan/minibus or puts up with behemoth intercity coaches doing transit in quiet residential neighborhoods. Really,
  10. I think what needs to be said is that each type of vehicle has an influence over the desirability of public transit by the population. It is after all, the showpiece of the corporation. Modified school bus < Minivan < Cutaway Minibus < Mid-size bus < Full-size transit bus < Articulated transit bus < Commuter Coach I hope this concept really sinks in the heads of those running transit providers.
  11. Ok. Sightings, sightings, sightings. But...any particular reason why? Recent media articles indicate that vehicle type is a factor in determining who gets awarded the transport contract (one wants to run an intercity coach, the other wants to run a modified school bus). A minibus is fast, reliable, easy to drive and very economical for a city or contractor to operate. It rides rough, even when equipped with optional air springs. But no one wants to ride that! A Vicinity is comfortable, spacious, soft-riding, quiet and good-looking. Now people want to ride that. My gripes is that i
  12. During a few months in 2002, a six-car Jeumont train (an MR-63 set with traction motors controlled by choppers like the MR-73) has been placed in occasional scheduled service on the Blue Line during peak periods. The train climbed steep slopes well (from Snowdon to Côte-des-Neiges) only when all the motor cars were functional, which was intermittently.
  13. A bus would be put in place if ridership goes up. I doubt that all the people in that picture could clown-fit in the back of that SUV. Theoretically, what vehicle would they be willing to place in service if 40 people suddenly start showing up every day at just one stop?
  14. I am surprised that there is no discussion about one of Canada's greatest achievements in aviation. The Bombardier CSeries, which has been renamed today as the Airbus A220. It is a medium-range narrow-body mainline Canadian-designed aircraft, produced in Mirabel Quebec, and next year Mobile, Alabama. Two Pratt&Whitney PW1500G geared turbofan engines provide up to 24,400 Ibs. takeoff thrust each. The plane's design is a result of years of research and compiling everyone's wish list for a perfect aircraft. YouTube reviews and news articles reveal that it has almost everything that pass
  15. If that were true, then I would ask for our version of an off-the-shelf highly-automated Bombardier BART D/E-class winterized train 10 cars long, rapid acceleration and normal operating speeds of 80 mph. Instead they are asking us what paint scheme we prefer. For $8+ billion of our own money. We will have no such influence over the "design" of the train.
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