How in the planet did Montreal get such a complex project into contracts being awarded so soon while it takes Metrolinx ions to get a simple light-rail line to the same point. I wont even mention the TTC here since we all know it takes them forever to do anything.
By skipping/ignoring the environmental assessments and public consultations. Like how things used to be built.
(Okay I am exaggerating a bit, there were public consultations but the changes made were mostly cosmetic/small in scope, more like presentations than consultations)
Is this just conjecture, or are you speaking from some amount of knowledge?
This is steveintoronto ... so conjecture
Montreal Solution.... the REM plans and the Pink Line compromise... could be built instead.
Whereby only southern portion of REM being built (to downtown) and that it branches into the Pink Line and the Pink Line that goes into Lachine can be extended to the airport.
So you mean going from this:
That would actually work really well. You avoid the dumb tunneling under the airport, all the new branch would serve dense areas on the CP ROW, you balance out the branches (instead of 3:1 it's now 2:2). Now you're tunnelling where it makes sense (under Rene-Levesque downtown) instead of under the airport.
The only problem is that it is a very tight curve to go from McGill college onto Rene Levesque, under buildings with the deepest foundations in Montreal.