Letter to Gazette: Bus lanes on Cavendish Blvd. and Côte-St-Luc Rd. will slow traffic

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Cote Saint-Luc resident Nathan Elberg writes this Letter: Bus lanes on Cavendish Blvd. and Côte-St-Luc Rd. will slow traffic in yesterday’s Gazette. He is correct in stating that the recent announcement by the Montreal Transit Corporation (STM) may improve the situation on some stretches of road however many more motorists will suffer traffic congestion as they make their way to and from work in their cars.

Personally, I am in favour of these improvements to mass transit. Bus service, once you leave Cote Saint-Luc is far too slow. It takes too long to get to the metro stations.  Van Horne is impossible during rush hour and that artery is not even part of this reserved bus lane plan. Cote Saint-Luc Road at Decarie is dreadfully slow.

Moreover, reserving bus lanes on Cote Saint-Luc territory is just not needed at this time. The two stretches in question in last week’s MTC announcement are Cote Saint-Luc Road and Cavendish Blvd. Both roads already have major portions in the City of Cote Saint-Luc where no parking is allowed and therefore there is no traffic congestion. It is once you leave Cote Saint-Luc territory that traffic gets snarled. So let’s not fix a problem that doesn’t yet exist.

What is really needed, and has been discussed publicly, is a rapid shuttle service from Cote Saint-Luc to the hospital sector along Cote des Neiges. Such a service would be extremely beneficial to the many hundreds of residents that go to medical appointments at hospitals, clinics, offices and labs every day as well as the hundreds of health care sector workers who live here and work there. That would get many cars off the road, reduce traffic along Van Horne, serve the needs of our older population and improve parking and congestion in Cote des Neiges.

 

Car Free Week

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The Montréal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) is promoting “Pedestrian Streets” as part of Car-Free Neighbourhoods Week, a project the MUEC started last year. This year, Car-Free Neighbourhoods will take place from September 16 to 22, 2011.

Why September 22nd?

Car-Free Day is an international event that takes place every year on September 22. The goal is to promote public transit, biking and walking, mixed-use neighbourhoods, and reappropriation of public space. In 2009, some 1300 cities around the world participated in Car-Free Day. Since 2003, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) has organized In Town Without My Car in Montréal on September 22. In 2010, the AMT drew inspiration from Mobility Week in Europe and decided to transform In town without my car into a week-long activity called In town without my car all week long!

Why Pedestrian Streets?

In Town Without My Car takes place only in downtown Montréal. The MUEC started organizing Pedestrian Streets as part of Car-Free Neighbourhoods Week to create more spaces for pedestrians in Montreal’s neighbourhoods.

How could your neighbourhood be improved?  Less traffic!  More community spirit! Meeting places for people to sit and chat! More greenery! The goal and spirit of Pedestrian Streets is to:

  • Promote awareness of the harmful effects of increased traffic in urban areas.
  • Favour healthy and sustainable urban living by offering, even just for a day, a safe space for active transportation (biking or walking).
  • Encourage shared use of space and foster a community meeting ground.

Why not in Cote Saint-Luc?

I eagerly supported this idea that was brought forward by Councillor Dida Berku.  Promoting healthy lifestyle choices, vibrant community engagement and alternative energy options are important messages for all levels of government to communicate with its constituents.  I hope that next year Council will fully support this initiative with homegrown ideas and participation.

Bus routes 103 and 161: 10 minutes max

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STM Montreal 2005 Novabus LFS

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Montreal’s transit agency is launching a new service that aims to reduce waiting times for bus commuters, promising a maximum of 10 minutes between buses on certain routes. 

Dubbed the ’10-minutes-max network’, the service upgrade will cover 31 of the busiest bus routes across the island of Montreal. 

Eleven bus routes will offer the 10-minutes-max service in both directions between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

The 20 remaining routes, including the 103 and 161, serving Cote Saint-Luc, will have the faster service only in one direction, which will be decided according to traffic flow, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.  That information appears on the bus stop panel. 

Read more: http://www.stm.info