Re: [carfree_cities] US Light Rail Booms
> I'm taking the liberty of combining threads here, partly in answer toHi,
> "citizen cop" 's misgivings over an earlier bike-centred thread... ;-)
A bike-thread woven into the carfree fabric is the goal, ja? And lightrail
is certainly just as important a piece of the garment. The discussion was
just becoming one about bikes, not putting it into the larger context (I
love bikes, am about to get on mine now) so yes I was wrong to just post
the light-rail thing without asking questions such as, e.g., how we can
get this interest to go beyond park+ride, etc.
and your url was missing...
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- On May 2, 2006, at 10:34 AM, Todd Edelman wrote:
>> I'm taking the liberty of combining threads here, partly in answer to...wohl... !
>> "citizen cop" 's misgivings over an earlier bike-centred
>> thread... ;-)
> A bike-thread woven into the carfree fabric is the goal, ja?
> And lightrailI agree with you completely ,Todd: no criticisms were meant, nor any
> is certainly just as important a piece of the garment. The
> discussion was
> just becoming one about bikes, not putting it into the larger
> context (I
> love bikes, am about to get on mine now) so yes I was wrong to just
> the light-rail thing without asking questions such as, e.g., how we
> get this interest to go beyond park+ride, etc.
quibbles with your point (and note the good-humoured wink at the end
of my 2 cents worth...)
> and your url was missing...Thanks for pointing that out. It's rather strange that it didn't show
up in the actual posting since I could clearly see it in my outgoing
message. Probably has something to do with the fact I dragged it into
my email message from another email message already sent to someone
else, where it was dragged in from my desktop where I had renamed
it... Here it is again, this time copied and pasted from the web page
itself (with fingers crossed):
Now I have the web page open next to this window, I see one of the
pictures is captioned "Bike car, Czech Republic". Do you know how
prevalent and well-used these are in the CR, Todd?
Montreal QC Canada
- On May 2, 2006, at 7:31 AM, Todd Edelman wrote:
> US Light Rail BoomsUnfortunately we haven't started to see the effect of this revival
> Light rail has more than lived up to its expectations in North
> America and
> has led to a major rail revival in cities across the continent.
yet in Montreal, where the last of the old trams rolled of the scene
in 1962... However, one of the three main mayoral candidates in last
November's election and his Projet Montréal party have a platform
that includes bringing in New Tramway lines on several main
thoroughfares in the heart of the city. Unfortunately he didn't win:
the media didn't even invite him to participate in the candidates'
debate, being more interested in the two career politicians who were
running (a former mayor and the then incumbent and former provincial
cabinet minister, who narrowly won a second term). The current mayor
suddenly became interested in the New Tramway after a European trip
and after toying with the idea, scaled it down to a single line
running downtown past the "east" (in reality *north*) slope of Mount
Royal. Just last week saw the release of a report on the
revitalisation of Montreal's Harbourfront: area, and one of the firm
recommendations slated for realisation in the first stage of the
process is putting in place a New Tramway line that should connect
downtown via two metro stations with the Harbourfront: area, running
part of the way along an old rail line in the Old Port area below Old
Montreal. It looks like this is the first actual project of the sort
that we will actually see in Montreal.
Here is a link to the Projet Montréal political programme page on
sustainable transportation, including the role of the New Tramway
And their English main page with a link to their reactions to Mayor
Tremblay's retreat on the Tramway:
And here is a link to a page where the recommendations for the
Harbourfront canbe downloaded as PDFs:
Montreal QC Canada