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Old Posted Dec 15, 2020, 1:22 AM
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The REM is a light metro but the tram is something different, looks like it will run east from the city along the waterfront out to Pointe aux Trembles with a branch to Anjou.

So strange that they would not just extend the metro Line 1 rather than building a whole new tramway to downtown.
Extending the metro would be MUCH more expensive for one. The system is fully underground and must remain so since it isn't weather proof. You can build a lot of surface rail for the same cost to lengthen an underground metro with 500ft, 152m long platforms. But even if the money was available, it wouldn't even be as good of service since it would be a slower trip to/from suburban areas because of the number of stops and likely a lower top speed.
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The REM is a light metro but the tram is something different, looks like it will run east from the city along the waterfront out to Pointe aux Trembles with a branch to Anjou.

So strange that they would not just extend the metro Line 1 rather than building a whole new tramway to downtown.
Is REM light rail or light metro? Are trams streetcars or light rail?
If light rail can be both, that is a pretty large swat of trains.

How would you distinguish between streetcars, light rail, light metros, and metros?
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I'd consider REM metro rather than light metro considering that it's supposed to have 4 car trains with each car being about 3m wide and 23m long. That makes the trains larger than most trains on the Paris metro which i generally don't hear described as a light metro. I think the name came from the original plans for an LRT to cross the new Champlain Bridge but when things were unified into a single new REM project, there were changes
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How Public Transit Is Playing A Role In Sun Belt City Growth

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- Many renters are flocking to smaller cities eager to get away from the high-cost rental areas now that remote work has become the norm. Those coming from large cities, like New York, often do not have a car and are used to relying on public transportation to get around. Also, as jobless numbers rise across the country, many will be looking to downsize expenses and may be reluctant to make a big purchase like a car. — For local residents, the influx of new people to their area could also mean more crowded roads and a strain on existing public transit systems. To avoid frustration from citizens old and new, places like Austin, Texas have voted to expand their public transportation system, which will help as increasingly more people flock to the bustling city. Not only does this help the community access these services but it also helps improve community relations by increasing the likelihood that people will use the system to visit local businesses and attractions more often, further supporting the local economy.

- Public transit also provides job opportunities to residents living outside of a city's business hub. In Phoenix, for example, 2020 ridership goals for their light rail were reached in 2018, two years ahead of schedule and only 10 years after its launch back in 2008. Since its launch, 35,000 jobs along with new development have come to areas within a half-mile of the city's light rail system. — The benefits of improved public transportation programs also extend beyond reduced traffic and access to jobs to include green initiatives as well. These expansions and improvements help the environment by reducing the overall carbon footprint of the city. Many cities across the country are focusing on green initiatives like reducing emissions caused by traffic congestion, cultivating green spaces throughout cities and improving access for cyclists and pedestrians to reduce reliance on cars. This heightened interest in the environment and the large influx of people coming to smaller cities means both usage and demand for public transportation services will likely be on the rise and meeting those demands will be paramount for continued success.

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