Ok, anyway reading through this, nobody is suggesting that Montreal has somehow found the golden goose for transit build and design. It is painfully obvious that Montreal's "transit construction golden age" is currently riding on the shoulders of the Caisse. One look at anything in Montreal that doesn't involve the REM makes this painfully obvious. Exo is currently in its worst state it has ever been, the Traditional Metro hasn't seen any extensions since 2007, and as we see, the Blue Line is currently suffering through SSE-itis. In terms of projects that are actually under construction, I think there's the PIE-IX BRT? but even then I'm not even sure the shovels have hit the dirt for that project. Like always, its just proposals proposals and more proposals. For this reason, despite my constant praise for what Montreal is currently doing, I struggle to claim that Montreal is universally going in a better direction in terms of transit, when here in Toronto we are building tons of BRT, Subways, and most importantly a TON of regional rail, and are in the process of turning GO into one of the greatest regional rail systems on the continent.I fixed the link. It hasn't been taken down
THAT BEING SAID, the reason why me and many others constantly bring up Montreal is because there are a few things they do right. Love or hate the Caisse's involvement, the REM is an absolutely game changer, and if we're comparing the local rapid transit we're building in Toronto vs what Montreal is building, Montreal is the clear winner. While we spent the decade debating and building on street light rail, Montreal in a timeframe of 7 years has managed to design, approve, and build a 67km fully grade separated metro - becoming the largest metro system in Canada, and they're approving and planning even more REM projects. Granted, it is worth noting that REM A is mostly just a replacement for an important EXO line, and can also be seen as just a cheaper and faster approach to accomplishing what GO Expansion is trying to do - and resulted in the demolition of the only electrified commuter/regional rail line in the country, but the point is in general they're following the Vancouver model of transit design, and while we'll see the results of how it ends up working out, its on paper league's better over the LRT mania that we have had in Toronto for the past 15 years.