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  1. Massive building! Also worth noting the progress along the guideway. A few days back they posted about progressing with the track installation so we might be close to dynamic testing! Also interesting that the tracks leading to the depot are not electrified yet. Maybe some is left to install?
  2. It was indeed quite a "redefining" perspective on a metro versus the more traditional North American subway systems (Toronto and New York for example). While I wish Montreal would push forward to develop more lines, there is a pride in the system and the way it is maintained. There is always things we want to be done different (get rid of OPUS for example), but the system as a whole is a proven system which was tailor-made to the needs and realities of the city. The MPM-10 was problematic and delayed in the beginning, but it actually built on the strengths and weaknesses of the older rolling stock.
  3. I honestly never understood why it was never named Dow's Lake instead of Carling for those exact reasons. Even the map shown in the station guides you towards teh lake! Hopefully it gains some traction as it would indeed be a worthy change. Also agree with Phil regarding the map. It is a visually useful representation of the network and puts the network in relation to the river. Of course it is not geographically perfect, but it puts stations in perspective to another, which IMO is a better way to design a subway map (think London Underground vs New York Subway).
  4. I honestly prefer the proposed name, which IMO is more meaningful than Dominion. Gives a better idea of the general vicinity, and recognizes the heritage of the area. Kìchì Sìbì is one of those stations it seems that does not get that much attention because it will not be as high volume as others, however it is going to be, IMO one important for people looking to go towards the SJAM for a stroll or bike ride, which makes the MUP connection very important. I look forward to taking my bike and go for a ride from there once it opens!
  5. I also would love to see that potentially second entrance. The layout of Rideau means you are not only back-tracking, but "going around" if you are on one side of the mall, which makes it "annoying" if, let's say, you want to do a quick stop in the mall. We see it with the elevator access next to EBX, it is always busy because it gets you right in the middle and then you can go eitherway. I understand why Rideau's entrances are placed that way, given, but I also see it as a missed opportunity to make it less crammed on the Rideau side of the concourse given its split nature...
  6. Quite happy with the proposed names. Still took the time to provide feedback on all stations that I had a reaction towards. Particularly happy to see Baseline renamed to Algonquin and acknowledge the possibility of the Baseline BRT. For stations with new renders, I only noticed those, though I might just have missed them. - Place D'Orleans, view from the overpass entrance. -Jeanne D'Arc, view from inside towards fare gates Worth adding that Limebank's render is the initial on-ground proposal that got replaced with the elevated guideway. Curious when we will get a more textured / finalized render of the new arrangement.
  7. Gotta say I am always impressed by the progress with the elevated guideway whenever I pass. In a few months, they have managed to install quite a length of it alongside the highway. Thanks for the pictures!
  8. St-Laurent Station artwork reinstallation St-Laurent Station is home to three large, immersive murals painted by Andrew Morrow that depict re-imagined Canadian histories. Two of the murals are located on the westbound platform, while the third is a corner-split mural on the eastbound platform. The murals are large-scale digital prints that have been reproduced on a vinyl canvass with a protective plexiglass cover. A buildup of moisture has been frequently observed that requires ongoing maintenance of both the art and its protective treatments. In close collaboration with the artist, crews will be removing the plexiglass-covered vinyl prints and replacing them with the same large-scale digital print on a vinyl aluminum composite substrate material. Work is anticipated to take place nightly between 12:30 AM and 5:30 AM starting the week of August 3. Should work be required during the day, it will be coordinated by OC Transpo and Rideau Transit Maintenance to minimize the impact on operations and transit customers. This reinstallation effort will remove the need for the plexiglass cover, decrease maintenance, and result in a more resilient and vibrant art display for transit riders to enjoy in the years to come.
  9. Nice to have some sort of update on that given how 2020 has been going so far. Quite far from the original ETA of Q1 2020 but I can totally understand. Looking forward to see what it will be like at each station!
  10. This weekend I was in Montreal and, for the first time, actually boarded an Azur a few times along the Orange Line, and a MR-73 on the Blue Line. It was also my first real time on the Montreal Metro beyond the yellow line a few years ago. First of all, the forced ventilation explained by Matt works really well! It was about 30 degrees outside and never felt uncomfortable. Even the MR-73 are not that bad given the different system. Overall, I was quite impressed with the Azur. They are definitely modern and (IMO) better equipped than the Citadis Spirit we have (I love the display with the time to next station along the doors and the LED strip indicating on which side the doors will open). The acceleration is surprising and so is the top speed given the inclines throughout the network. I actually really enjoyed my time riding the Metro, both from a "transit fan" and user perspective and will totally try to find reasons to go back sooner than later! 😂
  11. Given the station will be located in what is essentially the Mount Royal Tunnel, and therefore under the current station. This was from when it was decided to add those downtown stations if I recall. If you look next to the Green Line, it seems to be a long hallway with a slope to McGill station. Since it is not as deep as Edouard-Montpetit, it seems to be an actual option, though that was before there was consultations regarding the constructions and community impact. EDIT: Found this document for the CDPQinfra, dates from 2016 but shows another angler. It seems like the concourse will not allow people to go across, as they will have to go on the platform to reach the other side. https://www.cdpqinfra.com/sites/cdpqinfrad8/files/medias/pdf/rem_cdpqinfra_bref_tech_en_161125.pdf
  12. I also remember hearing the 53 minute end to end run time for Confederation Line. Curious to hear what the Stage 2 office will say given some of the reconfigurations seen along the Confederation Line. Nothing major, but can affect run times.
  13. I can provide some answers though there is still a few questions regarding the new lounge. For the middle spiral, it is an actual ramp, not a staircase. Makes it a lot less step when bring luggage up. It has indeed been done for almost two years? Oldest photo I personally have is from May 2019 and it was accessible though I have used it a few times since then. The second part, regarding the lounge refresh, I don't have much of an update to give... If I recall correctly, there is a temporary business lounge, though all of VIARail lounges are closed due to COVID-19 (there is no business class service / product offered on any train). My last visit was in March 2020 and the boarding was the following: To my understanding and from reading ViaRail's website, the new lounge is still not open. From those three renderings, it will be a "new generation" of lounges for VIA. A lot better than the current offering even in Toronto. I am really looking forward to my next visit and provide more information about the new layout!
  14. I also believe freqency would have been a better investment than per-vehicle capacity. Decreasing to a 8 minutes timetable between train along a double alignment would have provided still more capacity overall and room for expansion. It just seems like a compromise so they don't have to include a widened bridge and tunnel around Carleton station. Line 2 is, and for a while, will remain more of a commuter train than a real "light rail" system to me for as long as they don't increase frequency. I am still happy service to the airport is being added as part of Stage 2, and not being built as a separate higher-fee service such as UP Express or others around the world as it provides better connectivity for people. For myself, the transfer at South Keys is not the end of the world, but I can totally see why people are not a fan of it. At the very least, the current implementation allows for future extensions, and does not preclude from any option in the future, which is IMO a good start.
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