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  1. Réseau express métropolitain

    This is my view as well. The stadium was to be located close to the existing CN route. I would suspect that nothing precludes a stadium from being built there regardless of whether a station is directly under/adjacent to the stadium. We have a tendency in Montreal to think that transit needs to be underground/connected to buildings, however if it's a 5 min walk to Griffintown station, in my view that changes nothing with regards to viability/convenience. Also agree that the REM was not a must for a stadium. My concern was more if the elevated REM route would have made it impossible to build on the land envisioned for a ballpark.
  2. Réseau express métropolitain

    Aside from the La Presse article which stated that the baseball stadium project was "dead" following the election of Plante (which I believe is a simplistic statement, given there are investors with significant time/cash invested in the project already), does the new route for the REM render the proposed Peel Basin ballpark impossible? Or would there still be a way to integrate a stadium into the area there? I am having trouble determining this from the map.
  3. This will be a beautiful way for people to walk from the downtown core to the eventual ballpark in Griffintown/Bassin Peel!
  4. Laurentian Bank HQ slowly moving to Toronto....

    As someone who works in this industry (albeit not at Laurentian Bank) I believe the article is somewhat misleading. LB is growing its national presence across Canada in an effort to diversify outside of Quebec and it's normal that a lot of attention is being paid to Toronto. The vast majority of decision making, to my knowledge, occurs in Montreal including the largest-growing section of the bank which is their LBC (Laurentian Bank Capital) division.
  5. Is there any plan to repave the 40 east between Pont Iles-aux-tourtes and St-Charles in Kirkland? The westbound side was completed two years ago and we had been advised at the time that the east-bound side would be done the following year. However it still looks like a job site, temporary overhead wires and lights. The 40-east on that stretch is dangerous at this point with uneven lanes/pavement and so many holes. Not only is it dangerous, but it's ugly as well given the temporary wires and lights and concrete blocks all over, despite this being one of the busiest stretches of highway in Greater Montreal, a primary entry point from any point west of Montreal. Many of the on-ramps/off-ramps are even worse than the highway itself. Here it says that the project had an initial deadline of March 2017 and was completed in December 2014. However, they only did one direction. Grands chantiers - Transports Quebec
  6. Air Canada Increases Israel Service with a New Non-Stop Route from Montreal and Daily Flights from Toronto - Feb 13, 2017 MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada announced today a significant expansion in services between Canada and Israel, with the introduction of a seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv and an increase in its current Toronto-Tel Aviv non-stop service to a daily frequency year-round. With the new services beginning this summer – a 28 per cent capacity increase over summer 2016 – Air Canada will be the airline offering the most seats and frequencies between Canada and Israel. "Air Canada is the leader in the Canada-Israel market, which we have now served for 22 years. Today we are pleased to step up our capacity in response to the increased demand in business, leisure and cultural travel between both countries. As of June 2017, Air Canada will be launching a new seasonal non-stop service between Montreal and Tel Aviv, strengthening our hub in Montreal, which will also offer convenient connections throughout Canada and the U.S.," said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada. "This new service also reflects Air Canada's ongoing international expansion strategy, from which Montreal is deriving significant benefits. This month Air Canada will launch new service to Shanghai from the city and for next summer we have already announced new routes to Algiers, Marseille, Reykjavík and Dallas from Montreal," said Mr. Rovinescu. "In the same week as the inauguration of a non-stop Air Canada service to Shanghai, it is with pride today that we welcome a new international link with Tel Aviv. This important investment demonstrates the vitality of our city and Montreal's relevance as a North American aviation hub. This new air link by Air Canada will facilitate travel and trade between our two cities and countries. Coming only a few months after Montreal's trade mission to Israel, this new route is a concrete example of the strength of the economic, family and community ties that unite us," said Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal. Toronto's current service will increase this summer to daily from six days a week while the new Montreal-Tel Aviv service will operate twice weekly from June 22 to October 16, 2017. The Montreal flight will be operated with a 292-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft with three cabins of service, including Air Canada's International Business Class cabin, featuring 27 Executive Pods with 180- degree lie-flat seats all configured for direct aisle access. The Premium Economy cabin has 21 seats that offer generous personal space, wider seats and extra legroom and recline, as well as premium meals, complimentary bar service and priority check-in and baggage delivery at the airport. The Economy cabin has 244 seats providing comfortable personal space and a state-of-the-art individual on-demand entertainment system. All flights are timed for convenient connections with Air Canada's extensive domestic and transborder network. Tickets for the new Montreal-Tel Aviv service will be available for sale beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2017, subject to final government approval. * Flight Departs Arrives Day of Week AC082 Montreal 18:35 Tel Aviv 12:15 + 1 day Thursday, Sunday AC083 Tel Aviv 13:55 Montreal 18:20 Monday, Friday *
  7. Réseau express métropolitain

    C'est faux. Il y a plusieurs batisse au nord de la 40 dans le secteur Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Juste au nord du Chemin Ste-Marie. MDA, Specialized, Schuler Systems, Bitzer Canada, Bionetix International. En fait il y a un parc industriel au complet (dont il y a plusieurs espaces à louer, mais aussi plusieurs entreprises).
  8. What amazing news! *Daily year-round service right out of the gate, too. Will be a nice bonus to see a 787 at YUL. Proud of AC and YUL for this! *Will be a nice boost to our economy and tourism potential. *
  9. I really hope this is a new route announcement (PVG) although I know the many challenges associated with slots. PEK going daily would be nice as well, however that doesn't seem to be "major announcement/press conference" worthy. Looking forward to tomorrow!
  10. Réseau express métropolitain

    And let's not forget that these stations will also indirectly serve the sizeable off-island populations in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Ile-Perrot, Pincourt, etc. who will park/ride from Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Additionally, there is significant industrial development potential in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue just north of Autoroute 40 near Rue Morgan... the south side of the 40 is already well built up with an industrial park, but there's a lot of potential for the north side. Having a REM that can allow passengers from all over the island to reach that area will make it more competitive compared to lower-cost land options in, say, Vaudreuil, south shore, north shore... so this is a win for the island of Montreal IMO.
  11. Réseau express métropolitain

    I agree, there was never any mention of an intermodal link with the existing AMT train line there. Additionally, I think the road network in that immediate area is far too saturated to accomodate the expected influx of users. It's already jammed at rush hour with very little room to expand/improve because of the CN/CP lines and residential areas. I was picturing something more like this (below) where the red line is the REM, and the dotted lines are road extensions that would be required to adequately serve the station.
  12. Réseau express métropolitain

    I agree. And since the mayor of Ste-Anne has advised the Ste-Anne station would be south of the 40 that makes sense. But I do not know to what extent the mayors are up to speed with developments. Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is an unusual town in that it's home to only ~5,000 people however has ~10,000 people that work there each day either at McGill/CEGEP and the hospital. Additionally, it serves as the primary route for commuters from off-island to switch between Hwy 40 and Hwy 20, which causes a constant flow of traffic through the town on Boulevard des Anciens-Combattants, which is already quite saturated during rush hour, especially given the entrance to Hwy 20 requires transferring through a an intersection beneath the CP/CN rail lines and the highway underpass... i.e. traffic lights can only do so much with the amount of traffic that flows. I think the ideal location for a Ste-Anne LRT station would be where rue Poultry-Cottages meets rue des Pins... it could be accessible 1) directly from the A-40 service road, and 2) you'd need to extend an access road from Boul. des Anciens Combattants behind the hospital. rue Poultry Cottages connects to McGill/CEGEP including a sidewalk, it's convenient for the hospital, and you can complete the service road (sud) so that it connects with Baie d'Urfé. The existing bus routes that service the southernmost communities along Bord-du-lac/Lakeshore would need to cut through the campus to reach the REM but presumably this could be accomplished safely. No idea if the above is feasible, my assumption is that it is not... but if it were, it would probably be the best way to serve the region while allowing off-island residents to park-and-ride on a route they already currently take.
  13. Réseau express métropolitain

    Do we have any idea where they would put the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue station? The mayor has hinted that it would be south of Autoroute 40 and north of Autoroute 20. There is significant land in that section which I believe is owned mostly/entirely by McGill as part of the MacDonald campus and used as experimental farms for the agriculture school. If I am Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and Baie d'Urfé I would want this service to improve accessibility to : 1) McGill/CEGEP John Abbott, which is home to ~8,000 employees and students 2) The significant industrial park in Baie d'Urfé located along the border with Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. 3) The large veterans hospital/long-term care hospital that is a major employer (and recently transferred from federal to provincial jurisdiction) 4) Development of some sort of transit hub with the STM and servicing regional buses from off-island (Vaudreuil currently has buses that shuttle people to Cote-Vertu metro, and Ile-Perrot/Pincourt, etc). Significant parking would be required. I don't know how they can accomplish this without expropriating some of the McGill land and then allowing buses to cross through the campus. The existing bus station in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is quite basic, consisting of 5-6 bus stops along a sidewalk on Bord-du-lac / Lakeshore just south of McGill campus. You wouldn't be giving up much by relocating it. I agree an eventual extension to Vaudreuil could make sense in the future and could be contemplated once plans for the Ile-aux-Tourtes bridge are determined.
  14. Réseau express métropolitain

    This is such an exciting news day. I have two questions for you, some of you may have already figured this out. I've been looking at the map and trying to line it up with the actual street map. 1) How do you guys figure the portion between the Autoroute 13 station and YUL station will be built? I understand the Doney Spur... but how do you think they connect the area around Autoroute 40/Hymus to YUL? I can't wrap my head around how they would get to YUL unless they go underground a significant distance. Given the roughed-in train station is built beneath the US terminal/Marriott at YUL the track will for sure go underground at some point. Would they excavate from Technoparc all the way to YUL? 2) Again, regarding the Doney Spur... Where do you envision the Pointe-Claire station being? Because the way I see the Doney Spur, it meets a roadblock at Avenue Davis & rue Holiday in Pointe-Claire... where a road has been built and a Home Depot. I assume they would like to have the Pointe-Claire station just north of Highway 40 because 1) Fairview is there with the existing STM bus terminal, 2) the most densely populated areas are north of the 40, and putting the station south of the 40 would create significant vehicle traffic on the overpass (St-Jean), and 3) there is already the AMT commuter train south of the 40 (along the 20). Merci!
  15. Réseau express métropolitain

    Je pense qu'ils parlent de frequence de 12 mins... le trajet sera de 25-30 mins selon les infos publiés.