Addressing the danger of bus blind spots

There’s a new sign in town. At least it’s new to me, and very much welcome. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) the city’s transit authority, has begun placing decals on the rear window of buses indicating the danger of blind spots (angles morts in French). Earlier this year I posted a piece aboutContinue reading “Addressing the danger of bus blind spots”

Dogs on Public Transit; What Could Go Wrong?

Montreal’s official opposition party Ensemble Montréal is planning to table a motion that would call for dogs to be allowed on the city’s public transit. Obviously, service dogs are currently welcome, but this new concept would allow all leashed dogs to ride the system. It seems that other cities, including Toronto, have had positive experiencesContinue reading “Dogs on Public Transit; What Could Go Wrong?”

Backpacks on Buses – Bring Back Briefcases

In the carrying-out of my daily affairs, I don’t have need of public transit very often, opting to walk as often as possible. Although there have been periods in my life when I was a regular strap-hanger. During a recent cold snap, I did avail myself of the warmth of Montreal’s Metro. It was theContinue reading “Backpacks on Buses – Bring Back Briefcases”

COVID-19: Isolation vs Economy

In North America, we’ve reached an odd point in our collective COVID-19 experience. Government leaders, in daily statements, are trying to strike a balance of two diametrically opposed positions. On the one hand, they hammer home the importance, for everyone’s benefit, of staying home. While also dropping hints about getting the economy restarted. Unless weContinue reading “COVID-19: Isolation vs Economy”

Sucking The Life Out Of Downtown Montreal One Parking Spot At A Time

We are now well into the month of December. While many may lament the too early appearance of Christmas decorations in stores in November (October?), all bets are now off. Seasonal shopping is in full swing; decorated windows, street lights, and pretty much anything that does not move are now deemed fair play. But nowContinue reading “Sucking The Life Out Of Downtown Montreal One Parking Spot At A Time”

Valérie Plante: Not Your Typical Mayor

When Montrealers elected Valérie Plante as our first female mayor last November there was much excitement. Not just because of her gender, but because she was a new voice. Her predecessor, Denis Coderre, had ruled in a very heavy-handed manner. Making many decisions that would come back to sting him and ultimately lead to hisContinue reading “Valérie Plante: Not Your Typical Mayor”

Montreal Buses and Pride Month

In honour Pride Month several Montreal buses were repainted in rainbow colours. The wheels on the bus go round and round … DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin andContinue reading “Montreal Buses and Pride Month”

Montreal To Allow – Recognize? – Rear Bus Door Entry

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is introducing a new wrinkle that is aimed at getting people on buses faster. They will allow passengers with unlimited passes – weekly, monthly, four-month or yearly – to board buses via the rear door. Commuters with a single fare or those paying cash will still have toContinue reading “Montreal To Allow – Recognize? – Rear Bus Door Entry”

UPDATED: Happy Birthday Montreal; Thanks For The Free Transit

Today marks the beginning of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. A whole summer of activities is planned and it all kicks-off today. I have written about my take on the festivities before. As a way of encouraging folks to participate, the Société de transport de Montréal will waive all bus and metro fares all day today. Yep, youContinue reading “UPDATED: Happy Birthday Montreal; Thanks For The Free Transit”

Montreal Buses: Some ‘Change’ needed

Montreal, like many North American cities, is coming to grips with an ageing infrastructure. Water mains, roads and overpasses that were all built around the same time as the population grew are now in need of repair or replacement. Seemingly endless road closures beset citizens and tourists all summer, but the fact is there isContinue reading “Montreal Buses: Some ‘Change’ needed”