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The PQ is keen on the extension of the metro’s blue line to Anjou, giving it priority over the off-island extensions wished for by Laval and Longueuil.
Kate, ant6n, Faiz Imam, and 4 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
Wot? You mean to say they don’t favor an extension into NDG/Cote-St-Luc…?
Good. Political consideration aside, the blue line extension is the most useful and provides greatest value. I hope the Laval extensions never happen, they provide increasingly diminishing returns at a extremely high cost. They are also all “park and ride” stations that dramatically increase suburban development around them.
extending to concordia’s ndg campus is such an obviously wise investment that i don’t understand why it’s not being considered or discussed.
There’re just more transit-users in the east than in the west. The blue line east will be used by Anjou and St-Léonard but also by Montréal-Nord and the southern part of Laval, whose bus rides to the metro will be cut in half.
The same would be true of the west end, except that the Cote-St-Luc train junction and the airport block off large parts of the population from a bus-metro link via the blue line. I wouldn’t be against eventually extending the blue line to Loyola campus, but the priority for the west end is orange line to Bois-Franc and the train de l’ouest project, which will serve more people.
The train de l’ouest is super important because it will give west islanders better access to the city and that community will be less culturally isolated from the rest of the city.
Projet Montreal included a blue line etension to Montreal-Ouest in their plans. Snowdon is actually set up with cross platform transfers, just like Lionel Groulx, except that the transfers only make sense if the blue line was extended East (i.e. the transfer between Blue line-NDG and Orange line-downtown would be cross-platform).
Originally the Blue Line 5 was to be extended westward. The MUC at the time had a land reserve at various proposed stops: Cavendish/Somerlad, Montreal West Station, and the line was to continue to meet the suburban train at Lachine. But it was deemed o expensive by the end of he 80s and the land reserves were allowed to lapse. Some discussion here:
Also, see Molson Export’s comments a fair way down this page:
there is a timetable for various metro extensions (1976):
Ligne no 5, vers Snowdon – Jean-Talon juin 1983
Ligne no 5, vers Provencher mai 1984
Ligne no 5, vers Amos septembre 1984
Ligne no 5, vers Lachine décembre 1984
Ligne no 5, vers Pointe-aux-Trembles décembre 1985
@ant6n, I think you mean “except that the transfers only make sense if the blue line was extended west”?
Something has to excuse the hideousness and lack of logic at Snowdon station, with its mean cramped stairs and dark cavernousness. Awful place. Maybe you’re right that it was conceived a little differently.
Yes, sorry for being so lysdexic. Metrodemontreal has a good description with images.
singlestar, I just kind of took in what you wrote. Pointe-aux-Trembles and Lachine, that’s crazy talk!
metrodemontreal.com states “In order to reduce the amount of demolition necessary, this station was planned essentially as three parallel vaulted tunnels”
Whatever the financial or engineering reason, this setup almost guarantees the current feel of the place. Vaults and small cross tunnels with no larger space to flow into makes it inevitable.
Up to a point, Faiz Imam. The dark bricks and crappy lighting weren’t inevitable though.
The passenger flow in the middle cavern could probably be improved as well. Are there even escalators there?
There are stairs and escalators, but in different spots, and both are very narrow.
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