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  1. http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Deal+would+bring+Citytv+Montreal/6560252/story.html Rogers Media buys Montreal TV station Metro 14 By Steve Faguy, The Gazette May 4, 2012 9:36 AM MONTREAL - Citytv could be coming to Montreal soon. Rogers Media announced on Thursday that it had reached a deal to purchase Montreal multicultural television station Metro 14 (CJNT) from Toronto-based Channel Zero Inc. Rogers plans to turn CJNT into a Citytv station, expanding the national network’s presence. Citytv has stations in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The company also announced that it will sign long-term affiliation deals with three stations owned by the Jim Pattison Group: CHAT-TV in Medicine Hat, Alta., CJFC-TV in Kamloops, B.C., and CKPG-TV in Prince George, B.C. All three have been Citytv affiliates since 2009, and are, like CJNT, former members of the Canwest CH/E! network. Rogers also announced in January it would purchase educational regional cable channel Saskatchewan Communications Network from Bluepoint Investment Corp. and rebrand it as Citytv Saskatchewan. “Citytv, up until recently, has only been available in 7.2 million homes, and when we buy and produce programming, the cost of that is similar to what other networks pay when they buy national footprint rights,” Rogers Media president of Broadcast Scott Moore told The Gazette. “It’s essential for us to expand our footprint.” Though the new deals give Citytv good coverage west of Montreal, there are no stations east of the city. Moore said there are no specific plans for expansion into Atlantic Canada, but said it represented a gap in the network and “we’ll continue to work on that in the next six to 12 months.” The deal must be approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission before Rogers Media can take over. In the meantime, Rogers and Channel Zero have signed an affiliation agreement that will see Citytv programming on CJNT as of June 4. Citytv programs include American shows like New Girl, Modern Family and How I Met Your Mother, as well as original productions like Canada’s Got Talent and the upcoming The Bachelor Canada. Channel Zero president Cal Millar told The Gazette the station also will air some programming from Rogers’s OMNI network of ethnic stations. Channel Zero also owns CHCH television in Hamilton, Ont. It purchased CHCH and CJNT from Canwest for $12 in 2009 after the struggling company (which also owned The Gazette) decided to shut down its secondary network of conventional television stations. Moore said he would not comment about the purchase price, but joked that it was “more than double” the $12 Channel Zero paid for it. CJNT’s licence requires it to broadcast 14 hours of local ethnic programming each week and at least 75 per cent ethnic programming from 8 to 10 p.m. But after the sale from Canwest to Channel Zero, the station stopped producing its ethnic programming. It has since been airing reruns – some of them three years old – of its local ethnic shows. The rest of its schedule is made up of music videos, foreign films and some low-rated U.S. programming whose Canadian rights haven’t been scooped up by CTV, Global or Citytv. Moore did not comment on any changes Rogers might propose for CJNT’s licence, or whether it would even continue to be a multi-ethnic station. “We’ll be spending the next couple of months in Montreal, speaking with stakeholders in the community,” he said. As far as local programming, Moore said it was still too early to tell, but it was unlikely the station would produce a daily newscast. “I don’t know that Montreal needs another English-language supper-hour newscast,” he said. Citytv stations outside of Toronto meet local programming requirements with morning shows. Moore said it was “a good bet” that a similar strategy would be used in Montreal. Millar said the sale was bittersweet for Channel Zero, which he said had been making progress building its audience with a new morning show that’s heavy on music videos. He said Rogers has been trying to buy the station since “shortly after we acquired it” and made multiple offers. But this time, “Rogers was more determined than ever to expand their national reach,” Millar said. “It was far more valuable to them at that point than to us.” Channel Zero had been in talks with a local producer to bring back some local ethnic programming this fall. Millar said he doesn’t know if those plans will continue as the company waits for a decision on the acquisition. Rogers said it would expect a decision by the CRTC in the fall. [email protected] Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Rogers+Media+buys+Montreal+station+Metro/6560252/story.html#ixzz1tuid8rb0
  2. ‘Major renovations’ planned for Guy-Concordia station Reported on December 13, 2011 With a well-publicized cockroach problem, extensive water damage and what look like stalactites dripping from the ceiling, Guy-Concordia, Montreal’s third busiest metro station, will receive some much-needed repairs next year. “This is a major renovation,” said Marianne Rouette, a spokeswoman for the Société de transport de Montréal. “Due to the station’s state of degradation, and on the recommendation of our inspectors, we chose to prioritize renovations at Guy-Concordia in 2012.” Calling the station “safe,” Rouette said that the repairs would be part of a recently approved $250 million program to repair stations “at the end of their useful lives.” Work is set to start in January, when the STM will double the number of turnstiles at the heavily used Guy Street exit. Used by the majority of the eight million riders who pass through the station annually, the new turnstiles will connect directly to two Concordia buildings. The station’s other exit will undergo yearlong repairs. As of March, access via St-Mathieu St. will be closed for six months as the exit’s doors, lighting, ventilation, and drainage systems are replaced. The STM’s neglect of Guy-Concordia stands in stark contrast with the area above the station, where gleaming new university buildings and an ever-expanding network of tunnels have put record demand on the metro. “The university doesn’t know much about what is going on with the metro station,” said Jean-Philippe Plourde. “We are always trying to find out more, but we haven’t had much shared with us.” Plourde, the co-coordinator at Allégo Concordia, a program established by the Quebec government to encourage sustainable transportation at the university, wasn’t aware of the pending plans to temporarily close the St-Mathieu Street exit. (Concordia University spokesperson Chris Mota said she was also unaware of the plans.) “Guy-Concordia doesn’t help with the whole image of going underground,” said Plourde. “It can be uncomfortably warm, unclean and people are often sleeping on benches. No one will stop using the metro because of water leakages, but it’s part of a larger problem.” According to Plourde, 14 per cent of Concordia’s 50,000 students and staff still drive to the university daily. “That’s a lot of people for a university with two campuses that are well connected by metro and multiple bus lines,” said Plourde, citing a university survey from 2008. His goal is to lower that number. As an example of the lack of coordination between the STM and Concordia, Plourde points to yellow tape that has stopped riders from using the station’s main Guy exit since October. The university has been renovating the pavilion built on top of the metro station but the exit is scheduled to reopen in January, the same time the transit authority plans to start its own renovations. “Concordia closed the exit for security reasons, because they were worried about all the foot traffic walking under construction,” said Plourde. “You would think that the STM would have used the opportunity to do some work, but they didn’t.” Plourde did not want to comment on the STM’s plans without more specific information, however he expressed concern about the lack of elevators in the renovations. Concordia University student and The Link columnist Riley Sparks (who's written about Guy-Concordia's cockroach problem) doesn’t have much faith in the proposed renos, which include a series of functional repairs to the station’s lighting and ventilation. The STM has been short on details about any aesthetic changes to fix the leaking walls and ceilings. “I’ll believe it when I see it,” said Sparks. “A bunch of metro stations have been under renovation for a while and based on the rate of repairs, I won’t hold my breath. “I don’t understand how the STM renovates stations. They shut down Villa-Maria all summer, it didn’t look great at the start of the summer and it didn’t look great at the end of the summer.” Under the STM’s current plan, access to the St-Mathieu St. exit will be closed from March 5 to August 26, 2012. http://montreal.openfile.ca/montreal/text/%E2%80%98major-renovations%E2%80%99-planned-guy-concordia-station
  3. New Year's Eve party à la Times Square in Montreal Thu, 2009-09-10 17:37. Shuyee Lee Montreal is getting its own Times Square-style Rockin' New Year's Eve. Media company Astral Media is organizing a big New Year's Eve party this year on McGill College Avenue downtown. It'll be an annual affair complete with live music and comedy, activities, as well as sound and light performances. The Big Astral Countdown for Mira event will help raise money for the Mira Foundation, which provides over 180 guide dogs and assistance to people with mental, visual, hearing and motor disabilities. Astral Media owns CJAD 800 which will broadcast the event live, along with its sister stations CHOM 97.7 and Virgin Radio 96. http://www.cjad.com/node/990235
  4. http://www.nationalpost.com/most-popular/story.html?id=2501508 I remember I used to listen to Expos games on CIQC when I was a kid. Another piece of Montreal dies...
  5. Elimination: Montreal Métro stations The Rules are the following: You give 1 point to a Metro station and take a point away from another station. (on any line) Each station starts with 2 points, the last station standing wins. At 0 points, the station is eliminated. Make sure to move the station you rank up or down the list and add/subtract the score to its total on the left. You don't need to keep stations with the same line, I just have them sorted that way. Remove eliminated stations from the list. The first station eliminated gets the title of "worst station". One Post per person per day. This is a game, so no politics or rude/inappropriate comments. Keep it clean. 2 - Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke 2 - Jean-Drapeau 2 - Berri-UQAM 2 - Angrignon 2 - Monk 2 - Jolicoeur 2 - Verdun 2 - De l'Église 2 - LaSalle 2 - Charlevoix 2 - Atwater 2 - Guy-Concordia 2 - Peel 2 - McGill 2 - Place-des-Arts 2 - Saint-Laurent 2 - Beaudry 2 - Papineau 2 - Frontenac 2 - Préfontaine 2 - Joliette 2 - Pie-IX 2 - Viau 2 - Assomption 2 - Cadillac 2 - Langelier 2 - Radisson 2 - Honoré-Beaugrand 2 - Lionel-Groulx 2 - Montmorency 2 - De la Concorde 2 - Cartier 2 - Henri-Bourassa 2 - Sauvé 2 - Crémazie 2 - Jarry 2 - Jean-Talon 2 - Beaubien 2 - Rosemont 2 - Laurier 2 - Mont-Royal 2 - Sherbrooke 2 - Champ-de-Mars 2 - Place-d'Armes 2 - Square-Victoria 2 - Bonaventure 2 - Lucien-L'Allier 2 - Georges-Vanier 2 - Place-Saint-Henri 2 - Vendôme 2 - Villa-Maria 2 - Côte-Sainte-Catherine 2 - Plamondon 2 - Namur 2 - De la Savane 2 - Du Collège 2 - Côte-Vertu 2 - Snowdon 2 - Côte-des-Neiges 2 - Université-de-Montréal 2 - Édouard-Montpetit 2 - Outremont 2 - Acadie 2 - Parc 2 - De Castelnau 2 - Jean-Talon 2 - Fabre 2 - D'Iberville 2 - Saint-Michel
  6. Les stations de ski du Québec n'échappent pas à la crise économique. Elles ont du mal à trouver du financement auprès de leurs banques. Pour en lire plus...
  7. De jeudi à hier, le coût d'un litre d'essence est passé de 1,26$ à 1,39$ dans la plupart des stations de l'île de Montréal. Pour en lire plus...
  8. Les revenus totaux des stations AM et FM en 2007 ont augmenté de 6,2%, passant de 1,4 G$ à 1,5 G$. Pour en lire plus...
  9. Couche-Tard is a great Québec success story. Its market capitalization grew 500% in 5 years. http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/couche-tard-harnois-group-buying-esso-stations-1.2809690 CALGARY -- Imperial Oil says it has reached deals to sell its remaining 497 Esso retail stations in Canada to five fuel distributors for a total of $2.8 billion. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is set to buy 279 stations in Ontario and Quebec for nearly $1.69 billion.
  10. https://medium.com/@transitapp/the-mini-villages-of-montreal-s-metro-6900e158b2a The metro is the backbone of Montreal. Besides New York City and Mexico City, Montreal’s annual ridership is higher than every other subway system in North America. It’s a feel-good story if you’re from Montreal. But there are lots of big cities in North America. Why has the STM — Montreal’s transit authority — been so successful in getting us to ride the metro? One big reason: Montreal’s metro stations are incredibly well-integrated within the city’s densest neighbourhoods. Would you take the metro if it took you an hour to get there? Probably not. That’s why when urban planners design transit systems, they try to optimize transit station walksheds: the area around a transit station accessible by foot. Just because your grandpa walked seven miles to school (uphill both ways) doesn’t mean you should. Having a metro station within walking distance makes it more likely that you’ll actually use public transit, and not have to rely on a car. This visualization shows the population that lives within walking distance of each Montreal rail station: Montreal rail station walksheds’ population within 800m of stations. The sizes of the circles and the numbers inside them correspond to the population in 1,000 people (24 = 24,000). How does your station compare? In other words, if you were to shout really loudly outside most metro stations, there are lots of people who will hear you. There are thousands — and often tens of thousands — of people living within 800 metres of Montreal’s rail stations. And this is in a city with almost no skyscrapers! To create this graphic, we found the number of people in Montreal who live within 800 metres of the nearest rail station, which represents a 10 minute walk for a fully-grown human with average-sized legs. The Côte-Sainte-Catherine station has the most people living in its walkshed (about 28,000 people), followed by the Mont-Royal and Guy-Concordia stations (about 26,000 each). Mont Royal metro on the left (26,000 people), Montmorency on the right (6,000 people). Where would you rather live? Funnily enough, the metro station with the most foot traffic (Berri-UQAM) actually has less people living around it than the areas around the adjacent Beaudry, St. Laurent, and Sherbrooke stations. This is because many people going through Berri-UQAM don’t actually live there — they’re just stopping to transfer between the Orange, Green, and Yellow lines. Tweet at us!On the whole though, areas around metro stations are much more densethan the rest of Montreal: the population density within metro walksheds is more than 10,000 people/km², while population density outside of them is a mere 3,700 people/km². By giving Montrealers cheap, rapid, and reliable access to the rest of the city, metro stations encourage people to live nearby. But when people can’t live near stations (due to zoning or other reasons) you don’t see as much development, and neighbourhoods become much more car-reliant and “suburbified”. Consider Montreal’s AMT stations, which generally don’t have as many people living nearby as metro stations. AMT stations are often next to highways and surrounded by a sea of parking, while others are smack-dab in the middle of nowhere. The lack of dense housing nearby is one reason that the ridership numbers for the AMT (80,000 daily trips) pale in comparison to the mammoth numbers of the STM Metro (1,250,000 daily trips). When people live further away from stations, they have to rely on feeder buses or park-and-ride’s. To avoid that inconvenience, many people simply choose to use cars instead of taking public transit. Altogether, we’re proud that Montreal’s car cravings are comparatively light. When stacked up against similarly-sized North American cities, our public transit mode share is very high. Take a look: Originally posted by transit planner extraordinaire Jarret Walker on humantransit.orgLargely because of our city’s metro, over 20% of Montrealers take public transit to work, which is more than double the share in the metropolitan areas of San Francisco, Washington DC, and Seattle. Still, we can do better. In the STM’s Strategic Plan for 2020, one of the primary goals is to reduce the share of car trips from 48% of total trips down to 41%. To make up the difference, they hope to encourage more Montrealers to take public transit. There are many ways to acccomplish this goal: congestion pricing or better parking policies to discourage driving, increased service to boost transit’s convenience, and real-time customer information (iBUS anyone?). In particular, our walkshed graph shows that denser development should be an important part of the STM’s toolkit — notwithstanding the usual political hurdles. Our team at Transit App is also doing its part to make public transit more convenient in Montreal, and in many other cities around the world. From our Mile End office, our team is giving millions of people the flexibility and reliability of a car — without the burdens of actually owning one. Find out how we can help make your transit experience better: You can download Transit App for free on iPhoneand Android
  11. The automatic Bike Dispenser -- like PEZ but good for you Posted Aug 15th 2007 9:41AM by Thomas Ricker Filed under: Transportation For those not familiar with portable-urban travel: that's a bicycle. In fact, it's one of several bicycles wedged inside this "Bike Dispenser" created by the Dutch-based (of course) design agency, Springtime. The concept has actually been floating around since 2005 in The Netherlands but it recently won the Spark Design & Architecture Award causing the world to take notice. The idea here is to offer these RFID-tagged bikes to riders in cities supporting bike rental or bike exchange programs. The garages then, would be conveniently scattered around places like train stations and tourist hot-spots to automagically dispense your new ride. This automated system has completed a pilot and is now being worked into the national OV-fiets (public transport bicycle) service in Holland which rents a bicycle for € 2.75 ($3.71) per 20 hours. Unfortunately, the Bike Dispenser relies upon a uniform bicycle design leaving it helpless to relieve the crushing mass of "parked" bicycles seen in Amsterdam and like-minded cities across Europe and Asia. Still, as a quick and dirty, eco-transport solution in-a-box, what's not to like?
  12. Voici donc ma vision extensive du métro de Montréal! Un peu plus du double des stations actuelles. Couverture de Dorval à Georges-V, de Rivière-des-Prairies à Ville Saint-Laurent! Pas d'ajouts sur la rive-sud, simplement parce que je n'avais pas la carte, mais ça viendra un jour! Même chose pour Laval, où je n'ai que bouclé la boucle sans m'attarder à voir si la ligne y fait du sens! J'ai, en général, placé les stations là où il semblait avoir une certaine densité ou un point d'intérêt à proximité. Il est possible que certaines d'entre elles ne soient pas possible à construire pour une raison X ou Y, et j'en suis bien conscient, donc ne jugez pas trop sur l'emplacement exact! Aussi, je suis conscient que c'est un projet irréaliste, du moins d'ici 2200, mais ça reste avant tout une vision. VERSION ORIGINALE 4327 x 3580 PIXELS ICI. Et en détail:
  13. Salut la gagne! Etant à Vancouver, je vais en profiter pour poster des choses qui pourraient être d'intérêt pour Montréal. Vancouver council considers mandatory installation of electric car chargers City could require 10 per cent of new condo parking spots to include electric car chargers BY JOANNE LEE-YOUNG, VANCOUVER SUNJULY 8, 2009 Vancouver city council will soon decide whether to force developers to install electric car-charging stations in at least 10 per cent of all new condo parking lots -- a proposal that's creating a chicken-or-the-egg debate. If the vote goes through Thursday, Vancouver would be the first city in Canada with such a mandate for residential buildings. In addition to the 10-per-cent requirement for condo parking spaces, it would also see the city install a limited number of public charging stations at its EasyPark lots, eventually expand this to include on-street locations, and develop a strategy for retrofitting existing buildings. "Electric cars are coming. They are in Europe and in Japan," said Mayor Gregor Robertson, echoing observers who see that while Vancouver might lead Canada, it would be playing catch up to many cities elsewhere, such as San Francisco and Paris, which already each have hundreds of charging stations and growing culture for electric car use. "We need to be prepared." City staff estimate that the cost of installing chargers for 10 per cent of parking spaces, with allowance for future upgrades, would cost less than 0.5 per cent of the building cost. They believe that, while this would be a new cost to developers, it would "enable early adoption of EVs [electric vehicles] in our community, allow for later expansion as the market demands, allow the development industry to test the market take-up and introduce limited new costs that are not likely to adversely affect land values." The proposal would include an 18-month grace period for these requirements and support "developers to find possible strategies to offset the new incremental costs associated with this infrastructure." This, however, seems to be of little comfort to developers, who would like to see the ratio for charging stations reduced from 10 per cent to five per cent of parking stalls. In April, city staff made a proposal to the Urban Development Institute, which represents developers, that charging infrastructure would be required for 20 per cent of parking stalls. UDI responded that this ratio was too high, "given the cost of providing the infrastructure, the lack of widespread market penetration of the vehicle technology, and BC Hydro's capacity to deliver the additional power required to charge these vehicles." On Tuesday, Jeff Fisher, deputy executive director of UDI, said the organization is working with the city, but has some specific concerns. "We are always supportive of going green and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but we want to make sure that this is the right green-car technology. There are a number out there. We have had hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and concepts like the 'hydrogen highway' for some time. We feel it might be premature to mandate this." He added that while 0.5 per cent of the cost of the building is small, "when you look at the cost of other fees that the industry is facing, in aggregate, it is more significant." Fisher said that, for now, UDI would prefer to see a voluntarily or incentive-based approach to making charging stations available. Part of the conundrum is that there are currently fewer than 10 such electric vehicles in the city. A few months ago, the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Motors to use its newly-launched iMiev electric vehicle as test run models for their fleets. It's not clear yet exactly how many vehicles this will involve and exactly when they would arrive, but the hope is that orders would quickly increase. Don Chander, past president of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association, which supports the proposal, said that providing infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in all new multi-family residential buildings is increasingly important as density increases. He added that some 18 major automakers have announced electric vehicle models, making it "urgent to start building this infrastructure." The VEVA estimates that the average cost of implementing EV infrastructure at the time of construction is around $1,500 per parking stall. [email protected] - - - Read Joanne lee -young's blog at vancouversun.com/pacificwaves © Copyright © The Vancouver Sun
  14. Publié le 05 novembre 2008 à 08h34 | Mis à jour le 05 novembre 2008 à 08h40 Le métro de Montréal, un musée Martine Bouliane La Presse Le métro est avant tout un moyen de transport pour se rendre du point A au point B. Pourtant, avec ses 68 stations à l'architecture unique et ses nombreuses oeuvres, le métro est considéré par certains comme le 31e musée montréalais. Certains diraient même que le réseau est une vaste exposition d'art... underground! L'idée de réaliser une excursion ici, c'est de ralentir le rythme. De prendre le temps d'examiner les stations qui deviennent, dès lors, beaucoup plus intéressantes. Un lieu à revoir avec son oeil de touriste. Londres a eu le sien en 1863. Paris, en 1900. À Montréal, il aura fallu attendre jusqu'en 1966, soit une année avant la fameuse Expo 67. Le métro comptait alors 26 stations. La construction du réseau s'est ensuite effectuée par phases. La toute dernière, soit le prolongement du métro vers Laval, s'est étirée jusqu'en 2007. Le métro montréalais se distingue avant tout par sa diversité. Chaque station a une architecture qui lui est propre et la plupart abritent des oeuvres d'art. Lors de mon excursion sous terre, j'ai choisi de visiter une douzaine de stations, principalement éparpillées au centre-ville. Parcourir en entier les 68 stations aurait de quoi donner un teint verdâtre à quiconque. Et toutes ne présentent pas le même intérêt. J'ai entrepris ma visite souterraine par la station la plus à l'est de mon parcours, Pie-IX, à l'ombre du Stade olympique. Sitôt les tourniquets passés, je me suis attardée devant l'oeuvre installée à la mezzanine, intitulée Citius, Altius, Fortius - Plus loin, plus haut, plus vaillamment - la devise olympique. Au centre de la grande fresque se trouve un personnage au coeur proéminent. La construction de cette station s'est achevée en 1976, année même des Jeux. Oeuvres historiques Ensuite, hop dans un train direction Angrignon, jusqu'à la station Papineau. Dans les 26 stations d'origine, il était question d'incorporer des oeuvres d'art ayant un lien avec l'histoire. On en trouve un bon exemple ici, avec les murales en céramique sur les Rébellions de 1837 et 1838. J'avais souvent vu l'une d'elles, bien en évidence alors qu'on descend vers les quais. J'ai été surprise de remarquer deux autres murales qui adoptent la forme arrondie du tunnel à l'étage inférieur. Elles représentent, dans différentes scènes, les Patriotes reconnaissables à leurs bonnet et ceinture, et leur chef, Louis-Joseph Papineau. Prochain arrêt: Berri-UQAM. C'est le point de rencontre de trois des quatre lignes du métro. En suivant le couloir vers la ligne jaune, je revois les trois murales de Robert La Palme, premier directeur artistique du métro, récupérées et installées ici après l'Expo 67. L'événement explique d'ailleurs la construction de cette ligne, qui menait au site de l'île Sainte-Hélène. Sur les quais de la ligne verte, une grande verrière au-dessus du tunnel rend hommage aux fondateurs de la ville de Montréal. Les portraits stylisés représentent Jérôme Le Royer de La Dauversière, Jeanne Mance et Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, dans des tons francs de rouge et de bleus. Luminosité et musique Deux arrêts plus loin, j'arrive à la station Place-des-Arts. Je suis aussitôt frappée par la luminosité ambiante. Les rayons du soleil ne pénètrent pas ici. L'éclairage des nombreux néons, la blancheur du plafond et des passerelles et les briques bleues et grises des murs contribuent à créer cet effet. Le tout est aéré et très classique. La très belle verrière L'histoire de la musique, de Frédéric Back, se trouve ici. Première oeuvre d'art du métro, elle montre les musiciens de la ville, des autochtones aux personnages plus contemporains tels que le compositeur de l'hymne national, Calixa Lavallée. Malheureusement, elle est éloignée des tourniquets. Pour la contempler, il faut passer de l'autre côté et payer à nouveau son passage. On trouve par ailleurs dans cette station une autre verrière très colorée, et malgré tout discrète, juste au-dessus du tunnel en direction Angrignon. La station suivante, McGill, est la plus fréquentée du réseau, avec Berri-UQAM. La large verrière aborde la vie à Montréal au XIXe siècle. Au centre se trouvent les portraits des deux premiers maires de la ville, Jacques Viger et Peter McGill. Difficiles de les manquer. Sous les regards interrogateurs des autres passagers, je m'attarde aux multiples détails de l'oeuvre, orientée sur l'architecture, la mode vestimentaire et les bateaux à vapeur, moyen de transport populaire à l'époque. Des milliers de cercles À peine 450 mètres de tunnel séparent les stations McGill et Peel, sa voisine. C'est assurément l'un de mes coups de coeur. Une multitude infinie de ronds attirent l'oeil. Des cercles colorés, créés par le célèbre artiste québécois Jean-Paul Mousseau, ornent la station. Le motif est repris dans le carrelage et sur les murs. Certaines portions des quais baignent dans une lumière bleutée. Un décor idéal pour un restaurant ou un bar rétro. Je m'arrête ensuite à la station Lionel-Groulx, créée sur deux étages en plus de la mezzanine. Les lignes verte et orange s'y croisent. Je reviendrai d'ailleurs pour passer de l'une à l'autre un peu plus tard. Ici se trouve une intéressante sculpture, à la facture assez classique, intitulée L'arbre de vie. Elle a été donnée à Montréal par l'Organisation des Nations unies en 1967. Des visages gravés dans la même pièce de bois symbolisent la souche unique d'où proviennent les humains de partout dans le monde. Je poursuis ma route jusqu'à la station Monk. Une sculpture rend hommage aux ouvriers du métro. Il s'agit de deux gigantesques travailleurs en acier qui s'affairent à la tâche. Ils font penser à des bonshommes allumettes élancés. Les couleurs terre de la station et les murs, irréguliers et stratifiés, semblent représenter le travail fait dans le roc pour construire le métro. L'arrivée au métro Angrignon a de quoi surprendre. Ici, l'éclairage du jour baigne les quais. Enfin de la lumière naturelle au bout de kilomètres de tunnels. Dernier arrêt de la ligne verte, la station se trouve pratiquement au niveau du sol. Situé dans l'un des grands parcs de Montréal, le bâtiment possède une multitude de fenêtres courbes qui rejoignent le plafond. Leur forme arrondie fait écho aux marquises du terminus d'autobus adjacent. Bonheur d'occasion De retour sur mes pas, je reviens à la station Lionel-Groulx pour bifurquer sur la ligne orange, direction Côte-Vertu. La station Place-Saint-Henri constitue un détour, puisque je compte retourner en sens inverse tout de suite après. Mais le crochet en vaut la peine pour admirer cet autre coup de coeur. Les murs de brique au niveau des quais forment un dégradé de couleurs. Ils sont de teintes bleutées, pour devenir du rouge, puis, encore plus loin, du jaune. La volée d'escaliers qui mènent à la mezzanine semble interminable. Je la monte tout de même à pied, pour me retrouver devant les mots «Bonheur d'occasion» inscrits dans la brique. Une façon de rappeler que l'histoire du classique de Gabrielle Roy est indissociable de ce quartier. En redescendant, je remarque par hasard la sculpture suspendue au-dessus des quais, autrefois mobile, qui fait penser à une construction spatiale. Je prends cette fois le métro en direction inverse, soit Montmorency, pour m'arrêter à la station Georges-Vanier. Je m'attarde aux formes géométriques bleues incrustées dans les murs qui brisent la monochromie ambiante, toute grise. Je m'étonne, après quelques minutes, de remarquer un grand arbre de béton aux nombreuses branches sur le quai opposé. Puis, je m'arrête à Square-Victoria. C'est surtout en dehors des guérites que se trouvent les éléments intéressants de la station. Principalement cette entrée extérieure au look très parisien qui annonce le «métropolitain» dans un style Art nouveau, donnée justement par le métro de Paris à Montréal. L'ensemble sinon est assez terne à l'intérieur, les murales en aluminium brun peuvent presque passer inaperçues et se démarquent peu du reste. Mon dernier arrêt est la station Place-d'Armes, qui jouxte le Palais des congrès. Je considère qu'il s'agit d'un bon endroit pour revenir sur terre puisque la station dessert le Vieux-Montréal et le Vieux-Port. Il y a de nombreuses activités à y faire et d'attraits à y voir, notamment en famille. L'un d'eux, le musée Pointe-à-Callière, possède des vitrines sur les quais. Elles contiennent des reproductions d'objets réellement découverts lors de fouilles archéologiques. Le métro peut se targuer non seulement d'être le plus vaste musée montréalais, mais aussi d'avoir les heures d'ouverture les plus longues. Et, pour seulement 2,75 $, la visite en vaut assurément le prix. Rallye dans le métro Une façon de redécouvrir le métro, notamment en famille, est de faire le court rallye qui suit. Sur la ligne orange, il se concentre dans le centre-ville. À l'ouest, il se rend jusqu'à la station Angrignon. À l'est, Pie-IX. Il faut compter entre une heure trente et deux heures pour le faire, selon la fréquence de passage des rames du métro. La réponse à chacune des questions se trouve à l'intérieur des tourniquets. Pas besoin de débourser plus que le prix d'un billet pour le réaliser. À moins, bien sûr, d'en profiter pour visiter certains attraits à proximité. Chaque station peut constituer le point de départ. 1. À la station Pie-IX, qu'est-ce qui, sur les quais, rappelle la tenue ici des Jeux olympiques de Montréal, en 1976?2. À la station Papineau, qu'est-ce que Louis-Joseph Papineau tient dans ses mains, dans la murale au niveau du quai? 3. Qu'est-ce qui orne les souliers de Jérôme Le Royer de La Dauversière, le personnage de gauche, sur la verrière de la station Berri-UQAM? 4. À la station Place-des-Arts, combien de rectangles peut-on compter dans la verrière située au-dessus du tunnel en direction Angrignon? 5. À la station McGill, quel bâtiment construit en 1844 et toujours présent dans le Vieux-Montréal est représenté? 6. Combien de pastilles colorées peut-on compter sans sortir des tourniquets à la station Peel? 7. Combien de visages trouve-t-on sur l'Arbre de vie à la station Lionel-Groulx? 8. Quels outils utilisent les constructeurs du métro de la station Monk? 9. Quelle est la couleur des structures qui soutiennent les nombreuses fenêtres de la station Angrignon? 10. Combien de marches doit-on monter pour atteindre la mezzanine - et l'oeuvre Bonheur d'occasion - à la station Place-Saint-Henri? 11. Quel est le «fruit» de l'arbre de la station Georges-Vanier? 12. Quel est le plus vieil objet représenté dans les vitrines de Pointe-à-Callière? Réponses: 1. Les anneaux olympiques; 2. La déclaration de 1837; 3. Des boucles (ou des rubans); 4. 96; 5. Le marché Bonsecours; 6. 8; 7. Cinq visages; 8. Un pic et une pelle; 9. Orangé; 10. 78 marches; 11. Des lumières (ou ampoules); 12. Des pointes de flèches. Pour plus de renseignements sur le métro: Montréal en métro, Guides de voyage Ulysse, 2007, Montréal, 237 pages. Le métro de Montréal, 35 ans déjà, Benoit Clairoux, éditions Hurtubise HMH, Montréal, 2001, 159 pages. http://www.stm.info http://www.metrodemontreal.com (site non officiel, instructif et très bien fait par un amoureux du métro!)
  15. Montreal's metro featured for it's architecture amongst stations from the networks of Washington, Paris, Frankfurt, and Stockholm to name a few: Unreal Underground: the World’s 10 Coolest Subway Systems In urban life, the subway is synonymous with the spirit of the city. It frees the city dweller from the automobile, it moves from point to point with speed while capturing the curiosity of its passenger. From Moscow to Montreal, Paris to Pyongyang, these 10 transit systems house truly stunning subway stations across all aspects of design. So grab your transit card and head underground– get ready to explore the 10 coolest subway systems in the modern world. ... Montreal Metropolitain Another great French-speaking city is home to another great subway, the Montreal Metropolitan subway system. The Montreal Metro was born in 1966, in time for the world expo held the following year in this city. This was a vibrant time in Montreal, and the subway stations that dot this system reflect that vibrancy. Like the stations of the Moscow Metro and the Taipei Metro, this subway system is host to a collection of art galleries throughout its network. Public art ranging from fine to performance is welcomed here, far below the city it services. And with 1,100,000 riders a day, that makes it one of the most popular art galleries in the world. From the design of its subway stations to the culture it embraces, the Montreal Metro is high on our list for the world’s most beautiful subway systems. ... http://www.thecoolist.com/the-worlds-10-coolest-subway-stations/
  16. Read more: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/09/tesla-supercharger/ Tesla going to have their Supercharger stations in Canada by 2015/16. I have a feeling, when there will be more electric vehicles on the road, we might be seeing Hydro-Quebec stations.
  17. La chaîne de dépanneurs Alimentation Couche-Tard (ATD.B) a reconnu lundi que sa volonté d'accroître sa présence aux États-Unis pourrait se réaliser par l'acquisition de certaines des 2000 stations-service dont Shell prévoit se départir au cours des prochaines années. «Nous sommes toujours intéressés par n'importe quel actif disponible aux États-Unis pouvant s'intégrer dans notre réseau déjà existant», a indiqué le directeur financier de l'entreprise, Richard Fortin. «Si Shell est vraiment intéressée à vendre certains actifs et nous les offre, nous pourrions être intéressés.» M. Fortin a ajouté que plusieurs publications avaient rapporté que Shell, le troisième plus important exploitant de stations-service et de dépanneurs aux Etats-Unis, voulait se départir de certains de ses éléments situés dans des marchés importants. Jessy Hayem, de Valeurs mobilières Desjardins, a indiqué dans une note de recherche que Couche-Tard entretenait une relation solide avec Shell et occupait une position favorable afin de faire une offre pour certains des actifs de la société pétrolière. Selon elle, l'entreprise pourrait s'intéresser à des stations situées dans des marchés de Houston, Dallas, Portland et Sacramento. Shell entend compléter la vente d'ici au troisième trimestre de 2009. M. Fortin a affirmé n'avoir reçu aucune nouvelle de Shell à propos des ventes projetées et ne peut dire si son entreprise a l'intention de présenter une offre dès la première occasion. Il a ajouté que sa stratégie était d'ajouter des stations dans des marchés où son entreprise est déjà présente. «Nous n'achèterons pas 50 stations-service qui seraient perdues dans des marchés où nous sommes inexistants», a-t-il dit. Alimentation Couche-Tard, dont le siège est à Laval, a fait l'acquisition de 286 points de vente de Shell dans le cadre de trois différentes transactions, en 2004 et 2006. La chaîne prévoit acheter 250 magasins durant l'exercice fiscal 2008, un chiffre largement inférieur à celui des 413 acquisitions effectuées en 2007, l'entreprise préférant concentrer son attention sur l'intégration des quelque 200 magasins acquis de Shell en décembre dernier. M. Fortin a indiqué que son entreprise pouvait utiliser ses marges de crédit et des excédents de trésorerie pour faire des acquisitions.
  18. Interesting to see Montreal take a leadership position in this space. http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/montreal-to-get-106-new-electric-car-charging-stations-by-june-1.2626788 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Article de Radio-Canada: La station de métro Beaubien fermée du 4 mai au 30 août Mise à jour le mercredi 4 mars 2015 à 21 h 33 HNE La Société de transport de Montréal (STM) annonce que des travaux de réfection majeurs entraîneront la fermeture de la station de métro Beaubien pendant quatre mois, du 4 mai au 30 août prochains. Les travaux se poursuivront après la réouverture de la station, jusqu'en janvier 2016. Les travaux, qui coûteront 3,6 millions de dollars et seront financés aux trois quarts par le ministère des Transports du Québec, seront réalisés par la firme Groupe Axino. Pour le président du conseil d'administration de la STM, Philippe Schnobb, cette longue fermeture est nécessaire. « Ce sont des stations qui ont été construites dans le réseau initial, donc elles ont 50 ans, a-t-il expliqué à Radio-Canada. Et il y a, à certains égards, des choses qu'on doit faire et c'est plus pratique pour nous de fermer la station. On peut faire les travaux plus rapidement. » Les travaux touchent de nombreuses structures de l'édicule et de la station, dont les dalles structurales de l'édicule, le puits de ventilation naturelle, l'éclairage, les marches de granite, les dalles et panneaux muraux des quais ainsi que l'environnement immédiat de la station. Selon M. Schnobb, sans une fermeture complète, de tels changements pourraient prendre plusieurs années. Pour pallier cette fermeture, des navettes d'autobus effectueront le trajet entre la station Beaubien et les stations Jean-Talon et Rosemont. Leur fréquence sera de 2 à 6 minutes en heure de pointe et de 10 minutes maximum le reste du temps, pendant les heures normales d'ouverture du métro. Ce n'est pas la première fois que la STM ferme complètement une station. Mais Beaubien est plus achalandée que les récents exemples de Jolicoeur, Côte-Sainte-Catherine ou Charlevoix. Pour ce qui est de l'aspect extérieur du métro, des consultations doivent encore avoir lieu avec la mairie d'arrondissement. Selon le cabinet du maire de Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, François Croteau, ces travaux ne sont pas incompatibles avec l'annonce récente d'un réaménagement complet des alentours de la station Beaubien pour y créer, entre autres, une place publique. La station de métro Beaubien a ouvert ses portes en octobre 1966. Elle accueille 3,6 millions d'utilisateurs par année, selon des statistiques fournies par la STM. Avec la collaboration de René Saint-Louis
  20. How safe is your métro station? http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Montrealers+safe+your+m%C3%A9tro+station/8972463/story.html Quiet stations tend to have more crime per capita Berri-UQÀM, in eastern downtown, recorded 12.5 million boardings in 2009. There were 20.4 crimes per 1 million boardings. Photograph by: Marie-France Coallier , Marie-France Coallier MONTREAL - For the first time, Montrealers can find out which métro stations see the most crimes. Turns out some least-used subway stops have the highest per capita crime rates. The Gazette has obtained station-by-station statistics after Quebec’s access-to-information commission sided with the newspaper in a three-year battle with the Montreal police department. The figures cover 2008 and 2009, as police only revealed partial information for more recent years. Between 2008 and 2009, criminality jumped at 38 of 64 stations patrolled by Montreal police. At 13 of those, the number of criminal infractions more than doubled. The network’s busiest station, Berri-UQÀM — a transfer point served by three métro lines — saw the largest number of crimes. There were 255 crimes in 2009, up from 243 the previous year. In 2009, 18 stations saw at least 10 crimes involving violence or threat of violence (“crimes against the person”), including Berri-UQÀM (59 cases), Lionel-Groulx (33), Sherbrooke (20) and Vendôme, Snowdon and Jean-Talon (17 each). For every station, The Gazette calculated the number of criminal prosecutions per 1 million passengers who entered the network there. Berri-UQÀM, in eastern downtown, recorded 12.5 million boardings in 2009. There were 20.4 crimes per 1 million boardings. But it was Georges-Vanier, in Little Burgundy southwest of downtown, that recorded the most crimes per capita. At that station — the network’s least used with only 742,000 boardings in 2009 — there were 28.3 crimes per 1 million boardings. Georges-Vanier is a reatlively desolate location, especially at night. It’s next to the Ville-Marie Expressway and no buses serve the station. Beaudry and Monk stations are other examples. Both are among the bottom five for boardings but in the Top 5 for per capita crimes. Click for an interactive map showing crimes in the métro. Reading this on a mobile device? Find the link at the end of the story. The figures give only an approximation of station-per-capita crime rates. The STM only maintains statistics for the number of people who pass through turnstiles at individual métro stations. That means ridership figures used in these calculations only give an idea of how busy stations are. Some stations have few people entering but a high number of passengers disembarking. In addition, transfer stations are busier than boarding figures would suggest because passengers there move from one line to another without going through turnstiles. Bylaw infractions, including graffiti and malicious damage to STM property, were also detailed in the 2008-09 statistics. In more than one-quarter of Montreal métro stations, there were at least 10 bylaw infractions in 2009, with Berri-UQÀM (378 incidents), Sherbrooke (76) and Atwater (67) having the most. The figures obtained by The Gazette cover the 64 stations on Montreal Island and Île Ste-Hélène. Laval and Longueuil stations are patrolled by their respective police forces. Every year, Montreal police publish crime statistics for the entire métro network, but the force has resisted providing more detailed data. After failing to convince the access commission that the data should be kept secret (see sidebar), police recently provided The Gazette with the number of crimes and bylaw infractions at every station in 2008 and 2009. But when the newspaper subsequently requested 2010, 2011 and 2012 statistics, the department did not provide comparable data. Instead, it lumped incidents such as lost objects and calls for ambulances with crimes and bylaw infractions, rendering the 2010-12 statistics almost meaningless. The Gazette is appealing the police department's decision to keep the 2010-12 crime figures under wraps. Police and the STM say Montreal has a very low subway crime rate compared with other cities. Crimes in the métro are relatively rare and the métro's overall crime rate has dropped significantly between 2008 and 2012. Montreal police started patrolling the network in 2007. Before that, STM officers were in charge of security in the métro system. The Gazette sought the station-by-station figures so it could tell readers at which station passengers are the most likely to become the victim of a crime or to witness crimes or bylaw infractions. Making the data public also allows the public to monitor progress in reducing incidents at particular stations. [email protected] Twitter: andyriga Facebook: AndyRigaMontreal © Copyright © The Montreal Gazette
  21. Montréal vient d'annoncer l'achat de nouvelles stations Bixi (http://www.mtlurb.com/forums/showthread.php/13874-Bixi?p=165052#post165052). Êtes-vous d'accord à ce que la ville de Montréal continue à investir dans le Bixi et le développement du réseau cyclable?
  22. Le montant de cette cession n'a pas été révélé, et l'opération devrait se dérouler sur plusieurs années. Pour en lire plus...
  23. Le futur acquéreur du réseau Télévision Quatre-Saisons s'est engagé, jeudi matin, à affecter des journalistes à la cueillette et à la livraison d'information locale dans les cinq stations du réseau. Mais en formule réduite. Pour en lire plus...
  24. Jardins / Terrasses Darling Occupation Automne 2010 Promotions spéciales en pré-vente 50% VENDU Condos neufs, 16 unités, 3½-4½. Projet magnifique au cœur du quartier HOMA, un secteur en pleine expansion. Bordé par la promenade Ontario, qui comporte une multitude de boutiques, banques, restaurants et autres services. Quartier charmant entouré d’îlots de verdure. Face à un parc, une bibliothèque et une piscine intérieure. À proximité de la piste cyclable du parc linéaire de la rue Notre-Dame. Situé à quelques minutes de marche de 2 stations de métro (Préfontaine et Joliette). http://www.projethabitation.com/Projets/Montr%C3%A9al/Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve/Jardins-Darling-278/ http://www.devmas.com/projets-residentiels-en-cours-construction-montreal.php?tabs=4
  25. What would you do? show me your plans! It can be no more than 10 stations long.