In LaFontaine, the inhabitants were evil for the transport

Photo: Guillaume Levasseur Duty
Anna Bartholomew, head of the community grocery store, The shop of Gaia


In anticipation of the elections, The Duty tour that the leads in districts that are grappling with issues of concern to all Quebecers. Sixth-Round election, this time in LaFontaine, in the east of the island of Montreal, where one finds the highest percentage of people who spend more than 60 minutes in the transportation to work.

“Here, it is the suburbs in the city “, illustrates Gladimir Francis. Sitting in the back of the bus, the 20 year old man tells spend more than one hour on a daily basis in the transportation for practically each of his trips outside the neighborhood.

“I don’t know yet if I’m going to stay. I live still with my parents, but I don’t think I’m going to be here on the day where there will be the inauguration of the rose-line “, joke-t-it.

Wedged between highway 25 and highway 40, this area located in the north-eastern extremity of the metropolis gives the impression to many residents living on the outskirts of Montreal because of the time they must dedicate to their mobility.

“It is a district made long. The changes have really been thought of as a function of the self “, note Karyne Tremblay, liaison officer to the community development Corporation of Rivière-des-Prairies.

The bulkheads of the nearest metro, that is, those stations Henri-Bourassa on the orange line, and Radisson, on the green line, are located a dozen of kilometres away from bus stops that go there. The trip is estimated to average 45 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. As for the two stations of the Train, most of the users arrive by car.

Proportion of people who spend more than 60 minutes for transport to the work in the 125 electoral districts in Québec (in percentage)

À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

The riding of LaFontaine in Montreal’s east end, holds the record of the time spent in transportation to work, while 21.6% of the people who reside there spend more than 60 minutes per trip. The quebec average is established rather around 8 %. We note elsewhere in the chart below that the small bubble that represents LaFontaine leaves the lot among the other districts.

Source Data from the census 2016
Infographic The Duty

“There is one who walks in Rivière-des-Prairies. Everyone is in the car, because in a car, everything is nearby. This could take you a 40-minute walk will take you less than 10 minutes by car, then it is certain that if a subway could come up here, that would help everyone, ” stresses Gladimir Francis.

This is a view shared by Stéphanie Desjardins. The 27 year-old wife, who grew up in Rivière-des-Prairies, made the “sacrifice” during the summer to trade their car trips for journeys by bicycle or by bus.

À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

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Stéphanie Desjardins needs to take three buses different to go to work in Saint-Léonard.

“Work takes me as much time as I can get to the city centre. Since there is no subway, I have to take three buses, ” says Stephanie Desjardins, who spends about 1 hour 15 on the bus to get to Saint-Léonard from Rivière-des-Prairies, yet a nearby neighborhood.

Even if she agrees that she is accustomed to long-distance, the woman dreams she is also an extension of metro.

“If there was the extension of the blue line, I think it would help, it would go a lot faster, does it. Or even the pink line, even if I don’t think they do it really. “

À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

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Stetia Jean-Charles, and his mother, Florinda Tanis, a resident of rivière-des-Prairies

For others, such as Stetia Jean-Charles, bus one-off would be very much the case. The 15 year old girl think especially in the icy days of winter.

“The ride, you get used to it, but I admit that in the winter, when we expect up to 30 minutes, not only is it long, but when we must also take another bus after, often it has failed “, she says.

Accustomed to the endless distances to get to work at the centre of the city, Robert Gour didn’t realize that once retired he would be just as difficult to move, but this time in their own neighborhood.

The word to the voters of LaFontaine

“I no longer have the problem of me breaking my head to get to work on time. By contrast, just go for a walk, do activities, go see people in the neighborhood, it made me realize that, here, the automobile is indispensable, ” he says.

This awareness led him to engage more in the improvement of his neighborhood by becoming a pedaler volunteer for a project bike-taxis are mainly aimed at seniors. At the rate of three days per week, pedal through the neighborhood to transport citizens to the grocery store, the pharmacy, the bank, or the clinic.

À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

Photo: Guillaume Levasseur Duty
Robert Gour, retired and pedaler volunteer for a project bike-taxis, primarily intended for seniors

“The bike-taxis it is a simple and inexpensive solution. If we had 10 or 15 bikes, imagine how much it can address the mobility problems of some people, to break the isolation, ” says the retiree.

In the next year, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) plans to improve the bus service in Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles. At the end of the month of August, a new line — 81 — will be put into service.

“This new line will provide access to shops, employment centres and community and cultural activities located between [Rivière-des-Prairies and Pointe-aux-Trembles],” explained Isabelle Tremblay, a spokesperson for the STM.

The creation of this north-south link will allow the STM to reduce the journey time by public transport, as well as the number of matches.

Food desert

The deficiency of the transport network has the effect of making the neighborhood a food desert.

“Two-thirds of the residents of RDP does not have access within walking distance to fresh fruits and vegetables,” says Karyne Tremblay.

Florinda Tanis remembers precisely the difficulty of the shops when she arrived in the neighborhood 14 years ago.

“It was really not obvious, especially at the time I had two young children, so it was really a challenge for me,” said the mother of the family, who had no other choice than purchase a car.

Moreover, long distances to travel to access the services of proximity are without doubt one of the elements that contributes to the addiction to the car. According to the Origin-Destination survey, only 11% of dwellings in RDP have no car. It is almost three times less than the montréal average.

À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

Photo: Guillaume Levasseur Duty
Wedged between highway 25 and highway 40, Rivière-des-Prairies gives the impression to many residents living on the outskirts of Montreal because of the time they must dedicate to their mobility.

“One can assume that this is not necessarily by choice, environmentally friendly,” said Karyne Tremblay. If several houses a collection of comfortable along the boulevard Gouin, in the face of the Rivière-des-Prairies, in the heart of the district, deprived areas are indeed part of the landscape.

“A citizen of the district has a good summary in a workshop. Here, the rich people are very rich, the poor are very poor, so it gives the impression that one is in the middle class “, shows Karyne Tremblay.

However, this is not because they are resident in a disadvantaged area that the citizens of RDP do not seek to eat a healthy diet, argues Anna Bartholomew, head of The shop of Gaia, a community grocery store that offers fruits and vegetables at a low price.

The electoral promises of the political parties

“It is not believable how it changes things. When the nearest grocery store is a half hour bus, you need a place that can pay you troubleshoot. It is our dream that other stores such as ours to be able to open, but for that, it takes resources, ” stresses Anna Bartholomew.

Currently, the small local opens its doors from Thursday to Sunday with the help of a dozen volunteers.

“The need is there. Without them, I couldn’t get everything done, ” says Anna Bartholomew, who hopes that all parties will commit to support the project, she wants to see grow up.

 

See the following folder

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À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

In LaFontaine, the inhabitants were evil for the transport

Mobility problems affect up to the food supply.

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À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

The electoral promises of the political parties

Proposed by the parties to improve the daily life of the district?

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À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

The word to the voters of LaFontaine

The opinion of Diane Ménard and Serge Langlois, residents of Rivière-des-Prairies.

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À LaFontaine, les habitants ont le mal du transport

More than 60 minutes to get to work?

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