While unambitious Hamilton struggles to upgrade and re-brand its Beeline to a "rapid transit" system with a station at Eastgate Square, the city of Montreal is busy unveiling an $8 billion transit plan that will include new streetcar lines and highway tolls to pay for them.
Montreal Mayor GÃ©rald Tremblay said the plan - the first of its kind for the city - focuses on encouraging sustainable development and public transit use to limit the number of cars on city roads and highways and contain greenhouse gas emissions.
"Today we are making a break with an outdated method for transporting people and goods, and [weâ€™re] launching a new way of thinking," he said at a press conference Thursday morning.
This comes on the heels of Toronto's multi-billion dollar transit plan, which calls for 80 km in new light rail corridors.
Meanwhile, Hamilton just barely avoided jacking its bus fares enough to reduce ridership by over a million trips a year.
Presumably we'll eventually, reluctantly adopt some watered-down version of light rail (i.e. bus rapid transit) only once nearly every other decent-sized city in Canada has already done it.
C'mon, Councillors: try to give us something to feel proud of.
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