Seniors fume at idle buses

Photo by Patrick Lejtenyi

Idling buses around the newly redesigned Lionel-Groulx metro stations are making life unpleasant for a group of seniors at a nearby residence.

They say the increased smog and noise is having a serious impact on their quality of life.

83-year-old Ronald Gougeon lives in a nearby seniors' home. He says this used to be a quiet neighbourhood.

Now, he's being woken up at the crack of dawn and can smell exhaust fumes even when his windows are closed.

He says he's already complained to the STM but no action has been taken.

"They say all sorts of things, we're gonna fix this, we're gonna fix that," he says. "But the drivers don't give a damn."

Gougeon says the problem has been ongoing ever since the renovations around the station were completed five months ago.

The STM says it is taking steps to fix the problem and states that the idling problem will end now that the cold weather is behind us.

But Gougeon wants the buses to stop somewhere other than outside his window.


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  1. Murray posted on 04/13/2014 11:16 AM
    Why does Montreal see the need to honour a racist by naming a metro station after him? Let the residents complain to Marvin Rotrand, Vice-Chair of the STM. Marvin may not be the most respectable of politicians BUT if embarrassed enough he does act!
  2. ssm posted on 04/13/2014 12:22 PM
    Are there not laws re. idling vehicles? Enforce them?
  3. Richard posted on 04/13/2014 05:39 PM
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