Tag Archives: Montreal Construction

Montreal’s War on Transit – Conspiracy or Stupidity

 Montreal had unsafe roads and inadequate transit. The roads are fixed, so now they are replacing them. Why not upgrade transit first?

Getting trial is a marketer’s goal. Forced trial is a dream.

Montreal is in over a decade of road construction. Main roads accessing downtown are systematically reduced to one lane weekdays and are closed on weekends – a commuter’s nightmare – for years!

 Montreal Commuters have little choice but to sit in gridlock – for years

Fix the roads first, worry about commuters…well… I guess never

The perfect opportunity for transit to gain trial by thousands of new riders just by being there. It may not be forced trial but it’s close. Who chooses hours of gridlock in a car when you can take the train and play with your phone.

If the roads are gridlocked let’s add more buses

Their brilliant solution?

Add more buses  to the same roads that are gridlocked by construction!  Right up there with drilling a hole in a leaky boat to let the water out.

They have many problems  (see below) but there was a better solution than adding buses.

Montreal just spent years and $100’s of millions repair their roads so they would last long enough for them to be replaced (a story for another time).

As soon as the repairs were done they immediately started tearing it all down. The start of 7-8 years of  traffic gridlock. Then, then they will upgrade the train and metro system. IT MAKES NO SENSE!

Hurry up on the repairs, we have to tear it down

A solution:

How about after they fix the roads, keep using them for a few years while the transit is updated?

Then, when they do,  the roads people will have a great transit system to use. If they get good service they won’t switch back to cars.

The question is what is going on? Is the Transit management team that bad? Unable to plan for the future?  Possibly Stupid?

Transit is tough to access for many Montreal residents

 Are road construction companies still calling the shots in Montreal?

Some think it is the construction industry, still in control of the government’s construction. They can’t get 30% kickbacks now but they can do big projects and cut on quality.

They repaired the bridges and overpasses just well enough to tear them down again .Maybe they won’t last 3-4 years without showing the poor workmanship.

The transit construction will involve other companies for the bulk of the work. If road construction is cut for a few years what will these road construction companies do?

We may never know the truth other than Montreal commuters are getting the shaft again.

The Montreal Transit System is a Mess.

  • They don’t have the infrastructure of trains to properly service the whole city. Bus routes are mismanaged and unreliable for many customers.
  • Management seems out of touch with technology. There is no current technology to provide transit info, sell tickets or give real time system updates to riders. They seem to always be testing but never implement. They don’t realize we know other cities have had this technology for years.
  • Customer service is not a priority. If there is a breakdown or delay riders have no info on what to do. Drive-thru quality intercoms garble something and ask the staff for help and you will quickly understand what the trolls do when they are not accosting someone on twitter.
  • The Metro is constantly having shutdowns stranding commuters for hours.
Guess how long we have to wait?




Quebec’s newest Billionaire – the king of Traffic Pylons!

  Transition from Traffic Cones to Pylons Allowed Government to Spend Millions More

New billionaire Pierre Gravel got his big break in 2007 when the Quebec government made snow tires mandatory. At the time Gravel was working for a Laval paving company.

Renting Pylons Allows the Government to Keep Paying for Years

Relatives working in the government told him there would be a lot of extra used tires that the government wanted to get rid of. He came up with the idea using the tires to make orange pylons for road construction.

Montreal alone pays over $100 million / year for his Orange traffic cones

With the help of his relatives the government gave him millions of dollars to take the tires and build his first pylon factory. Before Gravel construction companies supplied their own traffic cones. as part of the job.  He was able to convince the government to switch to his large pylons and sign long term rental contracts.

Pylons are stored on roads when not in use, even blocking lanes, but drivers don’t seem to mind.

He currently has over 225,000 rented in Montreal. Collecting $1 / day for rent plus management fees the city alone pays him over $100 million per year. “My timing was great” says Gravel, “as the government stopped paying for construction kickbacks they needed somewhere else to spend the money – my pylons were a great solution.” He added “I give them 3 options to spend: rent more pylons, I can raise the rent, or I can charge more in handling charges.” “The government doesn’t really care as long as they don’t have to cut their spending.”

Gravel’s Business Model is getting the government to overspend on things they used to get for free

Seeking New Ways to Make Money from the Government

Now Gravel is using is new wealth to find other ways to profit from government shortcomings. These include the purchase of Montreal’s MUHC Super Hospital Read More> and the Trudeau Government’s Great Arctic Ice Wall project. Read More>

Gravel and his team enjoy big government contracts