Re: [carfree_cities] Montreal Transit Strike Was: Second class citizens?
- My self I was mostly taking the train and walking so I wasn't really
affected, still it's a dumb thing for a transit unions to strike, because
all they do is loose customers.
One island, one city, one bus, one hell of a mess. Till later, Andrew
>From: Bijan Soleymani <bijan@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [carfree_cities] Montreal Transit Strike Was: Second class
>Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 22:54:18 -0500
>"Louis-Luc" <exqmtl@...> writes:
> > Louis-Luc
> > BTW: Montreal Transit System maintenance employees
> > have been on strike for 1 week, upsetting the whole
> > community. Now the manager wants the government to
> > give the "essential service" status to transit so
> > full service would have to be maintained even during
> > a strike.
>The strike didn't really effect me, because I bike almost everywhere
>:) I can understand that the interruption of service can be a terrible
>thing for old people or families with children. But I was reading in
>the papers about young people (students, etc) missing the morning rush
>hour service and waiting 6 or 7 hours for the evening service. And I
>was like what? I mean what distance could possibly be so great that
>you couldn't bike it in 6 or 7 hours :) I could bike almost 200 km. I
>mean I could walk 30 km in that time (I know I have). But seriously it
>was sad, La Presse (the newspaper) had an article about some people
>having to bike places and how it was so terrible for them.
>Don't think I'm an insensitive jerk. I know, I know, we live in a
>carcentric society, and people live in the middle of nowhere, and
>people are out of shape and they're just so used to the way things
>I'm also not against transit. I think it's a great thing that Montreal
>has such an amazing system (even though things look bleak sometimes,
>they're scheduling a 10% increase in fairs, oh man not again...). One
>of my dreams is for Montreal to have a Metro system like that of
>It's just that biking is such incredible fun. People think that it's
>difficult or that people who ride their bikes here and there are some
>kind of superheroes or maniacs or something. But it's easy. It's like
>learning to ride a bicycle :)
>Bijan Soleymani <bijan@...>
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