Are they serious,4 (FOUR DAYS) to dig out,.......this is Montreal,for C--- Sakes ,not Victoria BC where we have one plow, don't believe a socalled 'Mega City ' can be this inept ,when they were an amalgamation of separate city's they removed snow far more efficiently than this bunch of Borroughs,....more like a bunch of Bull--00..well you know...................
MONTREAL – It will take more than four days to clean up the first major snowstorm of the season and city officials are urging residents to ease the clean-up by taking public transit Thursday.
If the snow tapers off Thursday as expected and the total accumulation is 25 centimetres as Environment Canada predicts, snow removal should start Thursday morning and take at least 96 hours, a city spokesperson said.
The city will focus first on removing snow on the 15 busiest bus routes, as well as on clearing certain narrow streets to ensure emergency vehicles can pass.
In the meantime, motorists are being asked not to park their cars on an angle in the streets, use free overnight parking lots provided by the city to keep the roads clear, and to take public transit if possible.
But some who took the metro Wednesday may be less inclined to do so Thursday because of slowdowns on the green and orange lines that were both completely unrelated to the storm.
Service was interrupted between 5:08 and 6:07 p.m. on the orange line between Lionel Groulx and Côte Vertu stations and very slow on the rest of that line after several trains had to be evacuated because a smoke alarm went off. The green line was slow for about half an hour at around 1:30 p.m. Because of an electrical shortage. Delays on some bus lines, such as routes 124 in Westmount and 107 on Peel St., also were reported Wednesday morning, mainly because of buses being rerouted around hills too slippery to climb.
The storm caused more headaches at the Trudeau airport. Aéroports de Montréal spokesperson Frederick Wallace said at least 94 flights were cancelled Wednesday.
Wallace said about 30 of those cancellations were signalled Tuesday night before the storm.
“Our international flights are all taking off tonight, although they are delayed by the de-icing,” Wallace said.
“Things should start to pick up now, since the tarmac is clear and there is no waiting at all right now at the de-icing centre,” he added at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Road conditions were passable on the island during the worst of it Wednesday afternoon and evening, although visibility was reduced.
A collision between a truck and two cars at about 9:21 p.m. Wednesday night has forced the closure of three of four lanes on Highway 40 eastbound, at Côte Vertu Blvd. A spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec said no one was injured in that collision.
No other major problems or collisions were reported by the Sûreté du Québec as of 8:45 Wednesday night. Some off-island routes, such as Highway 30 on the South Shore between Contrecoeur and the Eastern Townships Autoroute had been labelled by Transport Quebec as “critical,” with reduced visibility and icy conditions.
More than 3,000 municipal and contract workers and almost 1,000 pieces of snow removal equipment are expected to be on the streets Thursday.
“It’s very difficult to say exactly how long (snow removal) will take,” said Valérie De Gagné, spokesperson for the city.
She said a snow dump of 20 centimetres generally takes about 96 hours to clean up, but she added that estimate can change if there is freezing rain or other weather issues.
“We don’t know if there is more snow coming on the weekend, whether there is rain, and each borough has different conditions,” she said.
At the moment, the weather seems to be playing along. Thursday’s forecast calls for two to four centimetres of snow, and the following three days are expected to be sunny with only scattered flurries.
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Via Rail officials said the train company would be adding extra cars to trains where possible in anticipation of added demand due to snow and freezing rain forecasts for Quebec and Ontario. VIA says its trains are running normally, but expects a bump in demand.
To meet it, the railway is adding extra cars to trains where possible and urging travellers to get their tickets sooner rather than later.
For more information you can go to viarail.ca or call 514-989-2626.
To find out locations of free overnight parking offered by the city of Montreal, go to http://www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/deneigement or call 311. About 6,200 spaces are available between 6 p..m. and 7 a.m.