Day one

Well, I went out and rented a car this morning. It was the only way to get to my work obligations downtown, and in Brossard and Laval. I’m not accustomed to driving here, so I don’t know if traffic was particularly congested today, or if it’s always like that. But I can say that it seemed like there are way too many cars and not nearly enough streets! At about 3:30, I saw hordes of people at bus stops waiting for the afternoon rush hour service to begin. Even this morning when I took the bus to the car rental place, the bus was so full after a few stops that the driver just stopped stopping. I’m glad I got on at the beginning of the circuit. I just now came back from Laval and I saw a dozen hitchhikers near the 40, looking for rides back into town. I stopped and picked up a couple of guys who had finished their shift at 6:30. I felt glad to help these hard working young guys with no means to get home. They were positively radiant with hatred for the situation, and I could hardly blame them.

After all this nonsense on the FIRST day, I can’t believe we live in a place where public transportation is not considered an essential service. There’s no way this town can function smoothly without it. Having no means to get to and from work is NOT an inconvenience, it’s a HARDSHIP.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mark John Hiemstra (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    It’s absolutely ridiculous. Here’s a group of people who are after a little bit more money, and in the meantime they’re disrupting the lives of thousands of people who make less money than they do. I do not, in any way, support this strike.

  2. Frank (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

    Regarding the traffic, I found that it was actually the best I’ve seen it in a month. I was expecting the worst, and it turned out to be better than usual. Though tomorrow, all of those people who stayed home, may decide to take to the roads.

  3. mtlanglo (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    I can’t believe the STM management and the city would let the negotiations deteriorate to the point that the workers had to take this work action!!

    I can’t believe that municipalities like Brossard and Laval didn’t offer the Montreal municipal government more money to offset the costs incurred in moving their citizens around the island of Montreal without their tax dollars!

    I can’t believe that you moved outside of the Montreal tax payer region and still expect to get all the perks of being a Montrealer, without having to pay the taxes!

    I can’t believe that I am going to hear people from the West Island, Laval and the south shore complain the most- when the reason they all moved there- the reason there is sub-urban sprawl, is because people didn’t want to pay their fair share of the tax burden of running this city.

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