- Dec 16, 2020
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It's not about ugliness or making it look nicer. It's about making it more and better integrated with the area it travels in. We just went through ten years of work to demolish the Bonaventure Expressway and replace it with something better because that infrastructure was poorly integrated with its environment, I'd say we shouldn't make the same mistake as they did in the 60s.Sure, but then you're missing the other point: we would be better off having an ugly rapid-transit line sooner, rather than delaying it - possibly forever, as these things go - just to make it look nicer.
It's not about putting everything in a tunnel either, but there is middle ground somewhere. However, it's certainly not the accountants at CDPQi who will take the initiative to compromise with the community because it's not in their interest to do so (trust me, I know a thing or two about FP&A). That's what Mario Girard was trying to say.
REM A doesn't have integration issues because it mostly follows highways and existing railways or is in a tunnel. Maybe REM East should follow the abandoned rail ROW in Mercier-Est, Pointe-aux-Trembles and Montréal-Est.