Transit opinion pieces du jour

A couple of other good transit pieces this weekend:

François Cardinal on the troubling precedent created by the REM’s 99-year stranglehold on transit in the Montreal area.

Richard Bergeron thinks the projected cost of the blue line is too high. The Leitão estimate for the five stations to Anjou is $3.9 billion. Bergeron compares this to the $809 million spent on the Laval extension which was completed in 2007 and asks why the cost has quadrupled in the meantime.