ENcore une fois, tiré de la Gazette de ce matin!
More cars for busiest train line
DAVID JOHNSTON, The Gazette
The Montreal area's busiest commuter-rail line will get double-decker cars thanks to $120 million in new provincial money for suburban-train infrastructure.
The introduction of double-decker service on the Montreal/Deux Montagnes line tops the priority list for the new three-year capital-spending plan of the Metropolitan Transit Agency.
The plan is to be made public in the next two weeks.
It will boost the number of double-decker cars in the MTA's 200-car fleet well above the current 22 - which are used on commuter lines to Rigaud and Blainville-St. Jérôme. The combined ridership on these new lines is barely two-thirds of the 31,000 carried daily on the Deux Montagnes line.
By comparison, all 415 GO trains in the metropolitan Toronto commuter-rail network have double-decker cars.
Renewal of the train fleet will put double-decker trains where they are needed most - on the busiest lines, and during rush-hour periods, MTA official Mélanie Nadeau said yesterday.
Rush-hour trains on the Deux Montagnes line run well above 100-per-cent capacity now. Crowding is a sore point with users.
The line carries 31,000 people a day. It runs from Central Station through St. Laurent, the West Island and Laval and into the St. Eustache-Deux Montagnes area.
© The Gazette (Montreal) 2007
MONTREAL – The central-city administration didn’t open the door any further Monday night to preserving the 57-hectare Meadowbrook green space.
But Alan DeSousa, vice-chairman of the city executive committee, didn’t slam it shut, either – not with about 375 anti-development protesters who converged on city hall trying to save the West End site hanging onto his words.
“We’re ready to see what we can do to support a local community consensus” on Meadowbrook’s future, he told Patrick Asch of the Les Amis de Meadowbrook citizens’ coalition, which wants the entire site preserved as a public park.
A Miami Beach condo developer, Michael Bedzow of Pacific Group Canada, wants to build 1,500 housing units on the site, which has been a private golf course for about a century. Meadowbrook hosts a broad range of wildlife, including foxes, rabbits and birds. It straddles the Lachine borough and Côte St. Luc, and is located near rail yards.
Asch and other questioners tried repeatedly to get Mayor Gérald Tremblay to commit to preservation.
But the mayor left it to DeSousa to do all the talking on his behalf.
The site is already partly zoned for development.
Last night’s occasionally loud crowd demonstrates broad support for the site’s preservation, Asch said.
The site is “irreplaceable and one of the few natural green spaces left in Montreal,” he added. “Residents across the island will not accept the destruction of Meadowbrook.”
Tremblay’s continuing silence on the issue is “deafening – and very suspicious,” Asch said.
The site’s preservation is part of a May 2009 report that is to be voted on Thursday by Montreal Island’s agglomeration council. DeSousa said that report doesn’t deal with golf courses.
On April 15, Karel Mayrand, Quebec executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation, wrote to Tremblay asking him to act “to preserve all of Meadowbrook as a nature park.”
The Pacific Group housing plan – which features Plateau Mont Royal density levels – would represent “destruction for short-term private gain,” Mayrand added.
Projet Montréal has already endorsed Meadowbrook’s preservation in full as a public park, said party leader Richard Bergeron.
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Nous avions déjà un fil pour les rénos de la Place des Arts mais puisque le travail intérieur est terminé depuis 2013 et que l'extérieur semble partiellement complété, j'ai divisé le fil en 2 nouveaux fils, soit un pour les travaux intérieurs qui sont terminés à 100% et un pour les travaux extérieurs qui sont toujours en cours.