• Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
This is smart policy to plan for the obsolescence of individual fossil fueled vehicles in cities.
My question is: where is the money or planning for bike paths? Also, why will only 40% of new housing be built near public transit? Why not 60% or 80%?
Source: Montreal Gazette
The Quebec government has given the green light to a plan that will change the way the Montreal region develops over the next 20 years…
The plan calls for nearly half of all new housing to be built close to transit stations, boosting public transit use to 35 per cent by 2031, up from 25 per cent in 2008, as well as the protection of 17 per cent of the region as natural spaces…
The [plan] requires 40 per cent of new housing to be built within a kilometre of métro or train stations and 500 metres of a rapid-bus station. To boost transit use, the CMM estimates $23 billion will be needed to create new tramways, rapid-bus lines and métro stations, and improve existing service. The government has already announced $12 billion in public-transit investment, and a CMM committee will study how to finance the other $11 billion…
• Wednesday, December 01st, 2010
The new 2011 $4.5 Billion Montreal city budget released by Mayor Tremblay has many goodies for car-free folk:
- 8% increase ($32 million) to the STM and AMT for metro/train/bus service
- $45 per car tax to further fund public transit (not really a benefit)
- $28.3-million over 3 years to further develop Montreal’s bike paths
While these are good things, keep in mind that the city will still spend about $265 Million on roads, tunnels, road crossings, bridges and traffic lights!
There are also other nice sustainability perqs:
- 245,000 high-volume recycling containers (which also help keep the recycled waste out of streets and sidewalks)
- The construction of 5 large scale composting facilities by 2014 (despite NIMBY protests)
The biggest criticism I have is that the tax increase to pay for all these goodies is unsustainable. Home owners get hit with a 2.5% property tax increase which seems higher than current inflation (zero?). Why not zero tax hikes? That’s sustainable!
• Monday, March 29th, 2010
Finally, there is public transportation from downtown Montreal to Dorval (P.E. Trudeau) airport! This new bus (#747) is like a regular bus meaning that you can use your daily STM card and it does not cost you anything extra to ride! This should be great! I will certainly use it for my next trip to the airport.
Service starts today, Monday March 29th. For more info and to get bus schedules.
• Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
The City of Montreal unveiled the winning design for 400 new sustainable bus shelters to be built over the next year throughout the city. Features of the winning design from the firm of LeBlanc & Turcott include:
- Solar panels for lighting
- A self-supporting structure
- Modular design for various sizes
Drawing inspiration from the STM’s newly minted brand signature, “Mouvement collectif,” the design proposal by Leblanc + Turcotte + Spooner offers a modular, scalable solution. Featuring a self-supporting structure, the concept enables the manufacturing of base models, with the possibility of joining several units together to create variable-size configurations that can accommodate larger or smaller numbers of users.
The design features a communications column, which could house various components including dynamic digital displays and backlit advertising posters. An integrated solar power system will ensure lighting of shelters that cannot be connected to the power grid.
The jury was especially impressed with the potential for integration and modular construction afforded by the winning team’s proposal. In a statement, jury co-chairs Denise Vaillancourt, Executive Director, Planning, Marketing and Communications, STM, and Gilles Saucier, architect and partner in the firm Saucier + Perrotte, noted: “This preliminary design offers a comprehensive array of solutions to the complex problems with which the competing designers were presented. The concept incorporates current technologies, and meets the STM’s comfort and safety requirements.”