Tag-Archive for ◊ public transporrtation ◊

• Thursday, August 25th, 2011

It seems counter-intuitive, but you can never estimate how many people will use a new bridge by counting the number of people currently swimming across the river.

This group advocates more spending for public transportation, but where will the money come from in the provincial budget? Ultimately, it seems riders will have to share more of the burden.

Source: Montreal Gazette

Unless Quebec changes its spending priorities and abandons or puts on ice some of its plans to expand the road and highway network, a crisis will follow, Alliance members warned.

“We are like a housing cooperative that is using our reserves to put in a swimming pool, rather than fix the leaky roof,” said Christian Savard of Vivre en Ville.

According to a report released Wednesday by the Alliance, studies have shown that building more road capacity only results in more congestion. For each increase of 10 per cent in road capacity, there is a 4.7 to 12.2 per cent increase in road congestion within 10 to 15 years.

• Wednesday, July 06th, 2011

Zurich street that is car freeMontreal has a choice to make: design itself to be a car-friendly American city, or a pedestrian, bike and bus friendly European city.

In the Plateau, where the debate over parking has been raging for several years between the Green party and store owners, both sides could learn from Europe.

The city of Zurich found that when cars were banned and the street was turned into a pedestrian zone with trams, foot traffic increased 30-40 percent, actually helping local business.

Source: New York Times

While American cities are synchronizing green lights to improve traffic flow and offering apps to help drivers find parking, many European cities are doing the opposite: creating environments openly hostile to cars. The methods vary, but the mission is clear — to make car use expensive and just plain miserable enough to tilt drivers toward more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

Cities including Vienna to Munich and Copenhagen have closed vast swaths of streets to car traffic. Barcelona and Paris have had car lanes eroded by popular bike-sharing programs. Drivers in London and Stockholm pay hefty congestion charges just for entering the heart of the city. And over the past two years, dozens of German cities have joined a national network of “environmental zones” where only cars with low carbon dioxide emissions may enter.

“In the United States, there has been much more of a tendency to adapt cities to accommodate driving,” said Peder Jensen, head of the Energy and Transport Group at the European Environment Agency. “Here there has been more movement to make cities more livable for people, to get cities relatively free of cars.”

• Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Perhaps with this new rail service, the West Island will be more like Philadelphia and less like Los Angeles.

Source: The Suburban

Quebec Transport Minister Sam Hamad announced help is on the way for Montreal’s beleaguered West Island commuters…the Cherest government supports the plan to build a dedicated track line for the West Island’s commuter train service. Once preliminary plans for the new system are completed, transit authorities believe the system could be on track by 2014…With up to 86 two-way circuits available per day, authorities believe the AMT’s service will be increased from 3.6 million to more than 9 million rides per year.

• Sunday, October 26th, 2008

For more information and to sign the petition.

We should be using these funds to completely rethink and redesign the southern part of Montreal says Gaétan Legault of the ‘Coalition pour humaniser Notre-Dame‘ «We have a not to be missed opportunity to design a sustainable development project, including a completely integrated public transit network, where Montrealers’ access and view of the river would finally be unimpeded by artificial barriers».

Both coalition groups want improved quality of life in the Montreal neighborhoods affected by the MTQ highway projects and they criticize the Quebec government:

  • For ignoring the many Montreal Department of Public Health warnings about studies reporting the negative health effects of air pollution upon residents living within close proximity of high traffic roads (especially seniors and children);
  • For the lack of strategies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of coherence of these highway mega projects with the ‘Ministère de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable et des Parcs’ 2006-2012 Action Plan;

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