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Parking shouldn't be a priority at REM stations

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On the outer reaches of Montreal, around dining room tables and in their dens, a cold chill has taken hold of suburbanites. Resentment is simmering, pearls are being tightly clutched. A greater power is threatening their sacred right to park their cars, and they are mad.

Their ire is related to the 67-kilometre light rail train network known as the REM currently being built on and around the island. This anger might be charitably called ironic; by connecting south, west and northwest suburbs to both the Trudeau airport and downtown Montreal, the rail system is possibly the greatest gift to the suburbs since the invention of the two-car garage.

But no matter. In Brossard, some 300 people turned out to voice their displeasure at how the suburb’s three new REM stations won’t come with additional parking spots. On the West Island, the good citizens of Pierrefonds-Roxboro are raging over the cancellation of a planned 2,000-spot parking lot, with mayor Jim Beis accusing the Plante administration of wanting to “bring an element of the inner-city” to his burgh’s hallowed postal code.

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