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  1. This video was filmed today, Dec. 10, 2020. It shows the progress on the Flyover Bridge East of Blair Station. First, you can see the works as filmed from the Westbound Lanes, and then from the Eastbound lanes. It was filmed by my passenger. The Fly Over Bridge is the first major feature of the East Extension after Blair Station (going East). As it rises from the ground, it starts to reveal its true magnitude. Pillars are visible and a long slope is being created to smoothly take the train to the level of the Highway.
  2. The project of the Métro in Montréal has had a very long saga before becoming reality. English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Metro French: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Métro_de_Montréal But a subway system (Montréal's Métro is still the only entirely underground rapid transit in Canada) is always a work in progress. Line 3, the Red Line: English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Line_(Montreal_Metro) French: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligne_3_(métro_de_Montréal) Line 6: The surface line - English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_6_(Montreal_Metro
  3. Phil

    Airport

    This is from a few days ago: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-airport-cant-afford-new-trillium-line-station-needs-13-5m-airdrop-from-feds The article says Ottawa Airport can't pay for it's LRT Station, one of the most crucial of the entire network.
  4. I thought the whole idea of having Light Rail Transit was to REMOVE cars from traffic and have less GHG emissions. And in my opinion, this logic has to be followed all the way. I totally agree, Place d'Orléans could provide some Park and Ride spots. It could even have a lot where you park when you need, but with a fee. There is so much unused space there... The further out you are from Downtown, the more options there should be to leave the car behind and ride the train.
  5. Ever since the Confederation Line opened, I wondered why there is not more Park and Ride's. I was thinking it would be great, not only for those who work Downtown during the Week, but also for those who would like to go Downtown during the week end. My "dream" would be to be able to drop the car at my future station - which will Jeanne d'Arc - and be spared the driving for the rest of the day.
  6. Here is an article about Line 6. Line 3 is also mentioned. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_6_(Montreal_Metro)
  7. I agree 100%. I saw it as yellowish-brown, green rubbish and unconvincing orange. I think I would use the blue for a longer line and replace that hard-to-name colour by a bright yellow and assign it to the Airport. I also think the red line should be the one going all the way to Kanata. As for line numbers, I don't have that big a problem. (By the way, Montréal's Subway doesn't have a Line 3 and the next line projected, the Pink Line would be Line 7, so there would not be a line 6 - lines 6 and 3 are abandoned projects) I noted the accent in the name of Montréal Station and the absen
  8. Montréal made sure they would get vehicles that are appropriate for our Winters. I was stunned to read in a La Presse article, that there are many important features that seem not to be included in the ones Ottawa ordered. Our cars in in Ottawa, contrary to what was advertised, are poorly equipped for Winter. I am wondering what this will have as an impact on their lifespan. The REM, I am sure, will be more reliable under harsh conditions.
  9. I saw recently someone posted something about a train loop between Ottawa and Gatineau. But the following has to be taken into account: An above ground loop using Wellington Street will not offer the performance needed for rapid transit. It would be a sightseeing infrastructure that would be nice for tourists, but during rush hour, it won't be efficient. The priority should be to get our Civil servants and other workers fast to their destination. Imagine leaving Orléans to go to Gatineau at 7:30 in the morning, or doing the same in reverse at 4:30 pm. Are we building rapid transit for
  10. I love your maps! I have a friend who lives in Manor Park and he feels this part of town (including New Eimburgh and Vanier North) has been forgotten in the rapid transit visions presented so far. First, is it true? I don't know if I have seen everything even proposed, but I don't remember seeing anything for these neighbourhoods. Could there be for instance, a Tram line on St. Laurent to link Manor Park to Line 1? But that would not solve the isolation of New Edimburg, which, in the best case scenario, could be connected to Rideau Station via Subway (I am also a dreamer).
  11. Light Rail on the streets is not rapid transit. Just before seeing your post, I posted something about the Québec City project... the issue is the same: money. If we are investing to counter climate change, the price tag is irrelevant. I would even say that it is rather a cheap price to remove thousands of vehicles from the streets. Sure, the tram will be electric and could very well run on Wellington, but it would make the street much more busy than it is now. It is an investment for decades to come so we have got to get it right. And I just want to put a reminder here that bef
  12. The Québec City Tramway project has been rejected by the BAPE (Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement) https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/2020-11-09/le-bape-recommande-le-rejet-du-tramway-de-quebec.php The report says the project would not really improve mobility for people in the suburbs. Which is true. I was born and raised in the Québec City area, and there was a time I had to go from Charlesbourg (North East) to CEGEP de Sainte-Foy (South West) and it took me forever with the buses. The proposed Tramway will not reduce significantly the travel times for many residents o
  13. Phil

    Montreal

    I guess they are doing one side at a time to have a little impact as possible on traffic; the 174 is the THE main access road to Orléans. And to you Shane: I am really looking forward to seeing how the whole flyover bridge will fit into the environment. For those who have been travelling from and to Orléans for many years, it will be a big change. I am intrigued by how they are going to connect Blair station to the East extension. When I look at the end of the rails and what follows, it makes me think there might have be a curve to go under the viaduct, right where the buses go east.
  14. Phil

    Montreal

    This is a video taken of the East Extension from Blair to the Georges Étienne Cartier Parkway viaduct. I had the chance to see for myself yesterday and the least we can say is that the arrival of the LRT in Orléans is already changing the landscape. Not only do we start to see the pillars of the new rail bridge that will insert the LRT in the middle of the highway, but we can also see the new Eastbound lanes. https://youtu.be/5lSPDMfx8Uk
  15. Thanks for your reply, J.OT13. I guess I will have to ride the 174 up and down from Blair to Montreal Road a few times to see for myself with the camera on the dash... I'll keep on sharing the pictures.
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