Friday, July 22, 2011

Pigheadedness Makes us Uncomfortable

Every summer, the topic comes up: why don't we have AC on Montreal's public transit. The basic answer is that our pigheaded mayor, Gérald Tremblay insists that it's too expensive and it decreases fuel efficiency, thereby harming the environment. Yet, poll any transit rider and ask them if they would pay more for air conditioning and they will say yes. Who really wants to take a hot crowded bus? Nobody. AC would attract more transit riders and that's why Montreal should catch up to the standard being adopted around the world. Montreal needs comfortable and cool Metros and buses.

MONTREAL - If you rode a bus or métro in Montreal on Thursday, chances are you arrived at your destination hot, damp – and more than a bit cranky.
The searing temperatures on the Société de transport de Montréal’s transit network are a reality of life in this city.
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  1. But...

    You keep harping about being environmentally friendly. And a/c really eats up power.

    So... it's okay not to be green when a lefty is physically uncomfortable?

  2. But, who really wants to take the bus and metro when it's boiling?

    By air conditioning public transit, more people will feel inclined to take it, or at least it will keep more transit riders.


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