Postscript: Plans to improve transportation are haphazard and inadequate
Published Friday, August 26, 2011 11:06AM EDT
If you liked the traffic this summer, you will love next week.
With school back in session Montreal's pathetic, mangled, tortured road network will be even more challenging.
The measures announced by the minister Thursday won't do much. They are just drops in a leaky bucket. Most won't even be ready for the post-Labour Day rush.
They tell us the Mercier Bridge will be back to normal on September 6th.
Really? For how long?
I'm almost tempted to wear a helmet when I drive my car in this city.
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The Champlain Bridge is on its last legs, and the bright lights who recently organized a summit to figure out what to do about traffic woes neglected to involve the federal minister--who is the guy in charge of the bridge.
We are told that inspections like the one done in the Ville Marie tunnel were not as comprehensive as they should have been.
Transport officials and politicians have the audacity to try to hide engineering studies from us because we won't understand them.
The Mayor of Montreal says engineering reports on infrastructure will be released when they are simplified so we can understand them.
Don't worry, we can figure it out.
The handling of this by the transport minister smacks of amateurism. Sam Hamad has been delivering lessons in how not to communicate.
Trying to hide the truth never works.
We are paying for years of neglect, bad planning, and poor construction with substandard materials.
Montreal is crumbling.
Why is a plan to promote public transit released at the end of August?
And frankly a few more buses here and there is not the answer. Nor are 900 more parking spaces at train stations.
It's only going to get worse and the worse it gets, the more we will be kept in the dark.
Get used to it.
Jack Layton's death a terrible loss
It has been sad week with the death of Jack Layton.
Much has been written and said.
He has been eulogized as a good and kind man who cared deeply about his country.
Indeed, it is a terrible loss.
Jack Layton was a great Canadian dedicated to public service and the impact he had on political life will be felt for generations.
For many people he represented a different way of doing politics.
Canada is poorer in so many ways because he is gone.
The time to talk of his replacement is not now. That can wait.
Our deepest sympathies go to his family.