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  • Kate 12:36 on 2019-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s pressing CP to allow more level crossings, none of the listed ones the desired crossings between the Plateau and Rosemont-PP, but at least an eastern exit from Parc metro and train station is on the list.

    • Ephraim 14:33 on 2019-06-28 Permalink

      I wonder how that land is taxed? Wonder what kind of leeway the city has with that taxation. Like having a lower rate for an area with a level crossing, a lower rate on underpasses and overpasses, versus land level crossings. Could that be used as a way to convince CP? And building permits… could the city require a higher level of inspection and upkeep on some of the tracks. Fencing, electronic monitoring, if there is no level crossing… I’m sure there are ways to convince them that it is in their interests or a tax deferment for building an overpass or underpass for pedestrians.

    • ant6n 16:13 on 2019-06-28 Permalink

      The infrastructure should be publicly owned, for a multitude of reasons

    • Faiz Imam 19:25 on 2019-06-28 Permalink

      I had conversations with my municipality over 3 years ago, they were super frustrated.

      They basically have no power. the rail companies have jurisdiction that comes from Federal law, and it basically gives them absolute power over their ROW. There are (of course) requirements for road access, but something smaller or more limited is just not part of the way they view the world, and there is (apparently) nothing anyone locally can do about it.

      We have a federal election coming up, seems like this is something we have to take to the Ministers. Perhaps the Honorable Member of the Canadian Parliament for Papineau could have a word?

    • SMD 23:16 on 2019-06-29 Permalink

      This is the arbitration ruling from the Canadian Transportation Agency. It rules that Montreal can put in two level crossings in Park Ex and one at Bois-de-Boulogne. It also allows two grade-separated crossings (tunnels under or walkways over) the CP tracks around Rosemont metro. Here’s a short summary from Le Devoir.

  • Kate 12:24 on 2019-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Molson has sold its old riverside lot for $126 million “as is” to a consortium of buyers, intending to keep some of its offices in the area. Nothing said here about the heritage value of the oldest parts of the complex.

    • david100 13:12 on 2019-06-29 Permalink

      Childrens Hospital, Part II.

  • Kate 08:56 on 2019-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Spotted this morning on the upper Main. Cop gave a siren honk, Jump scooter guy stopped and had a brief conversation with the cop, then toddled away. No ticket handed across for missing helmet.

    • dwgs 09:55 on 2019-06-28 Permalink

      Fair enough, the e bikes (that’s not a scooter) are new, I think that’s what the cops should do for the first few weeks, stop people and let them know that a helmet is required but we’ll let it go this time.

    • CE 11:30 on 2019-06-28 Permalink

      I took a look at one yesterday, it says right on the bike that a helmet is mandatory. I think everyone should know by now that any motorized 2‑wheeled vehicle requires anyone riding it to wear a helmet.

    • Ian 13:37 on 2019-06-28 Permalink

      So far I have seen 7 Jump scooter folks, none of them wearing helmets. I hope they have their organ donor cards signed.

    • Ephraim 15:47 on 2019-06-28 Permalink

      Ian – Maybe we should ask Uber to list right on the bicycle “All renters are automatically organ donors unless you specifically opt out on our website.”

    • j2 08:05 on 2019-06-29 Permalink

      I like how casually you assume motor vehicles are automatically going to kill people.

    • Kate 09:17 on 2019-06-29 Permalink

      I think it’s more the known hazard of riding any motorized two-wheeled vehicle without a helmet.

    • dwgs 14:57 on 2019-06-29 Permalink

      j2 I always wear a helmet when I ride my bike, not necessarily because I’m afraid of cars. There are other cyclists, pedestrians, potholes, slippery asphalt, bees, stray dogs, stray dogs with bees in their mouths…

    • Ian 17:39 on 2019-06-29 Permalink

      What Kate said. Riding a scooter, e-bike, bicycle, or moped with no helmet is just stupid… and the faster your 2 wheeler can go the worse your potential for death is. Great for people waiting on an organ donation though.

  • Kate 07:31 on 2019-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Eater has brought together a bunch of their recent lists and items and calls it a visitor’s guide to eating in Montreal.

    • Kate 07:28 on 2019-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

      A woman is in critical condition after getting hit by a train in TMR. For some reason, Global illustrates this story with a video about crossing the tracks in Montreal West.

      • Kate 07:14 on 2019-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

        There could be more homeless people after July 1 because of the shortage of supply of affordable apartments.

        • Kate 07:12 on 2019-06-28 Permalink | Reply  

          The new bridge will be officially opened Friday morning.

          Radio-Canada looks at an innovation on the cables of the new bridge intended to keep ice from building up and becoming a hazard.

          TVA says the plan is to keep the cycle path open all year.

          La Presse’s Bruno Bisson ponders the old bridge, the idiocy of the chosen design and the fears of government engineers over the last couple of years that it could come unzipped and fall apart. It closes forever at 10 p.m. Friday night, and the outbound lanes of the new bridge open on Monday morning.

          Update: It’s been a lovely day for the ceremonial stuff down by the river. La Presse mentions the bridge will even feature a bust of Samuel de Champlain – an achievement, considering no portrait of the explorer is known to exist.

          Bridge architect Poul Ove Jensen damns the bridge design with faint praise: “built for performance, not style.”

          • Marc 11:33 on 2019-06-29 Permalink

            I drove over the new bridge for the first time twice yesterday and have a question about the signage hopefully someone can answer. The sign over the bus lane at around 12:30 had a “no bus” symbol in it (like no smoking but with the word “BUS” in it), and later on around 7pm it had a “yes bus” symbol (green circle with the word “BUS” in it). Any idea what these mean? All of the other signs seem to indicate that it’s a dedicated bus lane 24/7. https://postmediamontrealgazette2.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/0624-city-newchamplain.jpg

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