Originally Posted by Keith P.
I think it needs to come in from the north, past the shipyard and Stadacona, terminating near Cogswell.
I agree that is an ultimate goal. I think a phased approach (Transit City, One City, Montreal 2008 transportation plan).
I just made this up while drinking coffee, but imagine some kind of 25 year plan, announced all at once, so that development factors this kind of thing into the equation.
Phase 1 - +18 months - Train Station to Bedford, four stops, Stadlers (Budds if we must).
Key part of this is that the bus routes need to be completely redone to feed the new stations.
Rules put in place to ensure streetcar is considered in design of streets when Cogswell is removed.
Phase 2 - + 3-5 years - new stops South Street, Larry Uteck, extended to Duke Street, where integrated Duke Street Station handles train and most buses routed from Burnside via 107 extension, Sackville via Glendale & Sackville Drive. Duke Street would be a key missing piece to allow interlining both bus to train and sackville to dartmouth/burnside.
Busways and HOV lanes leading to and from major interline stations.
Phase 3 - 5-10 years - Extend line down Lower Water, return via Hollis, along old railway cut (2 rails) past dockyard, shipyard, Richmond pier, Africville, Bayne Street, loop under fairview to go Mumford, some Bedford/Duke Express, go straight out to Bedford.
Phase 4 - 10-20 years - If Budds phased out or used to extend service to Dartmouth via railbed (Duke to Alderney, four stops). Possibly run new rail on or near 107 extension, up burnside drive, rather than big circle route currently used.
Phase 5 - 20-25 years - street cars on Quinpool and Robie again.