At RM Transit, Reece Martin takes a dive into Montréal’s planned elevated metro line. The line will use elevated segments that fit neatly into neighborhoods and bring positive attributes to communities beyond just the transit function. For modern elevated rail in North America, Montréal could be setting the bar for urban elevated rail and be something that many more projects should follow, including ones in Puget Sound. Developer CDPQ customized the guideway and columns to make them more visually appealing and designed several of the stations to integrate with the new park space the project is delivering along the car-sewer boulevard in east Montréal on which the line would run — if it is approved.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.