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  • Kate 22:00 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Second only to the Facebook AI hype Friday was the hyperloop hype. Montreal-Toronto is one of the city pairs allegedly being considered by Elon Musk’s people.

    Like, come back and tell me when I can get to Paris or London in 39 minutes.

    • ant6n 23:55 on 2017/09/15 Permalink

      Everybody talks about this as if Montreal/Toronto “won” something.

      In reality, somebody drew a transit fantasy map. And it’s not even pretty.

    • Dhomas 03:08 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      Well, technically, the was a challenge held by company “Hyperloop One” and a route proposal for Canada “won” the chance to be considered by said company: https://hyperloop-one.com/global-challenge-winners/#canada

      Also, Hyperloop One is NOT “Elon Musk’s people”, but a company inspired by the hyperloop idea he proposed a few years back, before he decided to basically do it himself. Musk’s company is “The Boring Company”: http://www.boringcompany.com.

    • Kate 06:35 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      Thank you for the clarifications, Dhomas.

    • EmilyG 09:57 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      I feel like I’m the only one not excited about the Hyperloop. I heard that they can be bad for people like me who are extremely prone to motion-sickness.
      It’s fine if people like the Hyperloop. I just hope that they never completely replace ordinary trains (my favourite mode of transportation between cities.)

    • Uatu 11:59 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      I hope it comes to reality in my lifetime. I’d love a travel option that isn’t affected by weather and could conceivably get me to Europe in 3hrs or to Asia in less than 12.

    • ant6n 15:50 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      Ok I correct myself: multiple people drew a transit fantasy map.
      Although given the amount of BS surrounding this, I’d say one doesn’t have to worry too much about being precise like that.

    • Dhomas 16:18 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      Oh, I agree, where it came from doesn’t make it any more realistic. I’m just a stickler for correctness. ;)

      Though the optimist in me sorta hopes we can make this happen. For a long time, no one thought a viable, mass-market electric vehicle was possible. Elon Musk and Tesla showed us that it can be done, naysayers be damned. I hope Hyperloop One (or HTT, or Elon Musk himself) can do for ultra-rapid transit what Tesla did for EVs. Time will tell.

    • ant6n 17:48 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      The problem is that they’re trying to design ultra rapid individual transportation, and they and many others use the dream of it to attack actual rapid transit as obsolete.

    • Kate 10:39 on 2017/09/17 Permalink

      ant6n, I’m not seeing that the hyperloop implies individual travel. Pix of short train-like vehicles turn up when I google.

      The expense of building and maintaining the tubes means a high cost for this form of transportation. Maybe it will work to link high-density cities with business connections, like the initial proposal of San Francisco-Los Angeles. It won’t work to link continents.

    • dwgs 15:16 on 2017/09/17 Permalink


  • Kate 21:58 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Some notes on weekend traffic problems.

  • Kate 20:02 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Luc Ferrandez claims Denis Coderre personally vetoed a bike path along Pine Avenue which might have helped avoid the cycling fatality at Park and Pine on Thursday.

    • Chris 21:02 on 2017/09/15 Permalink

      Coderre, I suspect, is like most politicians in North America: he’s cool with cycling, so long as it’s not to the detriment of automotive hegemony. We can’t realistically move buildings, so the limited public space between them must be apportioned. Our current system gives almost all of it to car lanes and car parking, with scraps for narrow sidewalks and tolerated sharing by cyclists. This should be inverted, at least in city cores. I feel this is the crux of disagreement.

    • Michael 22:10 on 2017/09/15 Permalink

      Montréal really needs a consultant from the Netherlands or Belgium in regards to bike paths and signs. The city could learn a lot. They could have made a bike path beside the sidewalk on Sherbrooke ouest near McGill it’s so wide. Also the plateau is terrible for bicycles so Ferrandez should shut up.

    • DeWolf 00:38 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      @Michael how is the Plateau terrible for bicycles? Biking there is like paradise compared to any other borough.

    • dhomas 03:25 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      I agree with DeWolf. I rarely go through the Plateau, but when I do, I feel so much safer than during my daily commute through Ville-Marie. The only “problem” is that there are too many cyclists, so you kinda get traffic jams!

      And they’re not making it any better in Ville-Marie, either. Recently, they changed the bike lane on Viger street to be on the outside of parked cars. So, not only am I exposed to all the car traffic of busy Viger street, but I also have to watch for clueless drivers dooring me. I much preferred it when the bike lane was between the parked cars and the sidewalk. I really do not understand what they were thinking when they made this change.

    • Chris 11:41 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      DeWolf, perhaps Michael means the Plateau sucks compared to the Netherlands, which of course it does, but I agree, compared to other boroughs: it sucks less. :) But anyway, it’s not a good reason for Fernandez to ‘shut up’. In our system, boroughs have limited control over bike infrastructure, a lot is controlled by central City.

      dhomas, moving a bike lane in that manner has only one advantage I can think of: it makes the cyclists more visible to turning motorists. But this is a weak advantage and I agree strongly with you: the lanes are better between parked cars and the sidewalk. We almost never do that, but it’s much better.

    • DeWolf 23:24 on 2017/09/16 Permalink

      Yes, I agree – compared to the Netherlands, the Plateau is sub-par. But that’s a bit of a ridiculous comparison. That should be our end goal, but we shouldn’t use that to disparage our current efforts. What’s happening on the Plateau is exactly what we need throughout the city. If the rest of town had the Plateau’s ~10% bicycle modal share, Montreal would be a much better city.

    • Alexander Yu 19:29 on 2017/09/17 Permalink

      I haven’t biked in the Netherlands, but I think both sides need education to be aware of each other. I’ve biked parc street but I’d never use pine to get there. Too dangerous. But I also drive a lot as I work in Laval. So I understand both sides. I know when a car is going to kill me on a turn by not checking and as a driver I can see when the cyclist will burn a light. And I’m guilty of doing some of that too (cyclist burning red). But I think education in addition to getting information from other countries will help reach the goal of zero accidents.

  • Kate 08:28 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Facebook is opening an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal.

    Update: This is all over local media on Friday afternoon. It’s almost as if people have forgotten what Facebook is likely to do with AI.

  • Kate 07:13 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    The urban coyote is becoming more common and more fearless and is being seen in more parts of the city than ever.

  • Kate 07:08 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir has a brief description of Frédéric-Back park, once the Miron Quarry and then the Complexe environnemental de St-Michel.

  • Kate 07:06 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    An STM worker moved a suspicious package from Laval to Montreal before police were called. No explanation or excuse is given here.

  • Kate 06:59 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    Le Devoir examines the clout of the cycling population in the municipal election.

    Update: and now Coderre promises $150 million for cycling infrastructure.

  • Kate 06:54 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    The BIG has cancelled a city contract with a company whose owner is facing charges in the Faubourg Contrecœur trial. Another honcho in the firm is mad as hell.

  • Kate 06:48 on 2017/09/15 Permalink | Reply  

    After pressure and protest, the SPVM has decided to investigate the death of Siasi Tullaugak, initially judged to be suicide. Tullaugak was found hanging on a balcony on Chomedey Street last month.

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