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In Montreal, a Transit Idea Heats Up a Mayoral Race

A proposed “Pink Line” would connect some of the poorer and more densely populated areas to downtown. The incumbent mayor is shrugging off his opposition’s idea.
'Projet Montreal' says the line would produce 250,000 new Metro riders and put 500,000 Montrealers within a 15-minute walk from a station.
'Projet Montreal' says the line would produce 250,000 new Metro riders and put 500,000 Montrealers within a 15-minute walk from a station.Luca Bruno/AP

A Montreal political party vying for mayoralty in the upcoming November 5 election is promising a badly needed extension of the city’s rapid transit system.

Led by Valérie Plante, Projet Montréal’s candidate for mayor this year, the party has campaigned on a left-leaning, pro-transit, pro-housing, and anti-pit bull ban platform. The party is presently locked in a close race for control of the city with incumbent mayoral candidate Denis Coderre.