Will the LRT make South Shore residents lose or gain time?

Will the LRT make South Shore residents lose or gain time?

Organisation: Radio-Canada (Canada)

Publication Date: 04/05/2017

Size of team/newsroom:large


Promised by the government since 1978, the Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM), an electric train network linking downtown Montreal to the suburbs, is expected to be built by 2020. Elected officials touted the project as a great mode of public transportation. However, because of the data collected, Radio-Canada was able to show that the REM would, in fact, not be a convenient mode of public transportation for everyone.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

We wanted to see if this proposed light-rail megaproject was improve commuters’ lives like the government had announced, especially for commuters living off-island. We crossed the proposed rail lines with current bus routes that would service the future train stations and found that the REM would actually increase commuting times for some residents and worsen traffic congestion because of an increase of drivers using those stations.

Technologies used for this project:

QGIS to layer rail lines with bus routes taken from GTFS data. Imagemagick to make animated GIF.
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