Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Cities
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Transit Oriented Development and Sustainable Cities

Economics, Community and Methods

Edited by Richard D. Knowles and Fiona Ferbrache

This book provides new dimensions and a contemporary focus on sustainable transport, urban regeneration and development in eight countries spanning four continents at different stages of development. It examines the role of transit oriented development (TOD) in improving urban sustainability and providing different transport choices, exploring how these can be implemented in modern cities.
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Chapter 6: Transit oriented development in Montréal: past, present and future

Pierre Barrieau


Montréal has seen only mitigated success with transit oriented development. While the downtown core and the inner suburbs have been shaped by transit (streetcar, commuter rail and subway), the outer suburbs have adopted an automobile-dependant form. Two conclusions emerge from this case study. First, frequency is a major factor in the success or failure of transit in shaping suburbs. Second, Montreal’s urban and regional planning tools are insufficient in shaping the metropolitan area. The redevelopment around existing subway stations as well as on the new Réseau Express Métropolitain line is significantly reshaping Montréal’s suburbs. Industrial parks and devitalized shopping areas are becoming high density vibrant neighbourhoods. 

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