Montreal's New Mayor Could Mean Big Changes for Transit

Valérie Plante campaigned on a platform that included many improvements for transit riders and bikers.

November 13, 2017, 5:00 AM PST

By Casey Brazeal @northandclark

Montreal Transit

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Earlier this month Montreal elected its first female mayor, Valérie Plante. Plante has made several promises about transit service in the city. The biggest of these is a new metro line, "Connecting downtown Montreal to the city’s north-east end, the Pink Line will connect the city unlike before. To make the metro line a bit more feminist, Plante has suggested that the stations be named after prominent females from Montreal’s long history," Michael D'Alimonte reports for MTL Blog.

Plante also promised to make transit more equitable: "Anyone living under the poverty line will be privy to a 40% price-cut on STM fares. Young kids (under 12) and older adults (over 65) will be made entirely free," D'Alimonte writes.

Beyond the Metro, Plante promised to build out the city's bike lanes and make the horse drawn carriages or "caleches" illegal.

Monday, November 6, 2017 in MLT Blog

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