Montreal Residents on a Funding Diet
When I look the various projects that AMT/STM are studying, off-island commuters will benefit more than Montreal travelers:
- Av. Du Parc Tramway – Direct transfer from the AMT St-Jerome line to downtown (475 M$)
- SLR – Replacement for the bus service between Panama station & downtown (870 M$)
- Orange line extension to Bois-Franc – Interchange with the Deux-Montanges line (340 M$).
- AMT Train de l’est – The line starts in Mascouche and has 4 stations off-island. (300 M$)
- Replacement of AMT rolling stock (386 M$)
- SRB on Pie-IX – The line will start in Laval and travel down to the Pie-IX station on the green line (100 M$)
- Airport shuttle to downtown (business travel as well) (550 M$).
- Blue Line extension to Pie-IX and eventually Anjou (interchange with SRB Pie-IX) (170 M$)
Projects that favour Montreal residents:
- Côte-des-Neiges tramway (only if the 1st phase happens and is successful) (250 M$)
- Griffintown tramway (250 M$)
From my point of view, there are a lot of projects that favour off-island residents. Has Montreal become so politically impotent that the suburbs dictate the spending priorities?
These projects will only encourage people to move off-island since their commute will be made easier.