RE: [carfree_cities] News
- Louis-Luc Le Guerrier wrote:
>You're right. Earlier in the year, those autoholics of the South Shore madeproject.
>pressure on the authorities to build another car bridge. But Quebec
>government and AMT joined efforts to that new bus-towards-lightrail
>Along with the new Montréal/St-Hilaire train line, that should prevent newIn regards to road projects in the Montreal area extending Autoroute-30 from
>car bridge threat for a while, if not forever.
Chateauguay to Valleyfield would be some where around $530 million. Having
commuter train service from Montreal to Valleyfield might be $100-200
million. With the Montreal/St-Hilaire line(short term) service needs to be
increased,(long term) extended to St-Hyacinthe and(longer term) electrified.
>The fact Montréal is an island is an advantage; it's easier to makedowntown.
>infrastructures to transport people over water, than to transport people
>with a metal/glass shell over water. More trains/metro/buses arriving
>downtown each morning put more pedestrians in the streets, yeah! The
>increasing number of pedestrians should discourage motorists to go
>We should show them it's faster going on foot or on bike.At the following URL is a photo of one of the AMT's new F59PHI locomotives,
it was built in London, Ontario. Below it is a photo of former Nightstar
cars brought from Britain for Via Rail, these cars are going to be rebuilt
here in Montreal. http://www3.sympatico.ca/traqcmuar/turbo.htm
>Happy Canada Day for all Canadians, and let's tell our governments to startThat's a good idea and may the most rehumanizing nation win. Dawson
>solving the problem of cars before we lose our status of "country with the
>highest life quality" because another country is doing better than us. I
>hope all countries will race each other for that status by rehumanising
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From: Todd J. Binkley <tjbink@...>
To: Carfree Cities Forum <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2000 3:00 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] News
> Hi Everyone,
> 'Soaring Gas Prices' are here... hooray! I hear petrol is fetching
> around five dollars a gallon in the U.K. Oh, how Americans will holler
> when we hit THAT milestone. One miffed midwesterner paid $55.80 to fill
> up the 24-gallon tank of her Ford Expedition, yesterday. Just think, in
> a couple of years that same tankfull may cost $100. The Governors of
> Indiana and Illinois have suspended their state gas taxes to give those
> poor, helpless motorists a break. Raising fuel taxes, to reduce demand
> and fund mass transit (and carfree city construction?), should become
> politically feasible once sufficient numbers of motorists can no longer
> afford to fill up. At what price per gallon will the average motorist
> give up?
Last Fall I posted a message on Bicycling Magazine's forum and jokingly
asked what people will do with their SUVs ahen gas prices hit $2 per gallon
in the spring and summer of 2000. I was surprised that quite a few people
replied that I was a sick individual to enjoy the "misery and misfortune" of
others. I was just joking but I couldn't believe the attitude. Actually,
I am sure that I am still quite brainwashed by the auto culture here because
I too thought $2 per gallon would somehow be "misfortune" enough to change
the way people think of automobiles. Oh well.
Here in Boston, MA yesterday I walked about 10 miles with my wife and 3 year
old in his stroller. Most of the locals had taken off for Cape Cod or the
beaches and mountains to the north. There were relatively few cars in the
city and loads of tourists on foot from all over the world. It was a great
afternoon at car free Fanueil Hall and other parts of Boston.
This may provide part of an answer.
Raising fuel taxes, to reduce demand
> > and fund mass transit (and carfree city construction?), should become
> > politically feasible once sufficient numbers of motorists can no longer
> > afford to fill up. At what price per gallon will the average motorist
> > give up?
- Chris Barker wrote:
>Here in Boston, MA yesterday I walked about 10 miles with my wife and 3year
>old in his stroller. Most of the locals had taken off for Cape Cod or theBoston is a really nice city and Fanueil Hall is a great place to visit.
>beaches and mountains to the north. There were relatively few cars in the
>city and loads of tourists on foot from all over the world. It was a great
>afternoon at car free Fanueil Hall and other parts of Boston.
Even thought Boston and Montreal are about 330 miles apart it's too bad that
there isn't train service between our two cities. Dawson