Roads and transit: we must suffer before things improve

A theme Friday morning is that we must suffer before things improve in transit and commuting. Pie-IX will be a construction site for four years while the fast bus lane is built, and it better be the most beautiful bus lane in the world if it takes that long. At the same time, the construction of the REM means existing trains on the Deux-Montagnes line will face delays of up to 45 minutes – TVA says the replacement buses could take even longer and warns that more people will be giving up on public transit as a result. This is all in addition to the usual weekend warnings about getting around the Turcot site.

However, in about 2025 everything will be done and the whole road and rail system here will be running in blissfully flawless perfection. And if you believe that, I have a lovely new bridge to sell you.

Update: The mayor of Deux-Montagnes is angry and says no one will listen. Nobody ever has listened at the REM. It was handed down whole as a done deal, without discussion or reference to what the city needed or what the public wanted, and this hasn’t changed.