Greater Montréal has a first-class public transit infrastructure. Case in point: the Québec metropolis was ranked fourth for best public transit services in North America according to Siemens’ Green City Index.
Several encouraging facts about public transportation in the area can also found in the latest edition of Greater Montréal’s Vital Signs published by the Foundation of Greater Montréal. Here are a few:
- In 2011, Montréalers were the biggest per capita users of public transportation in North America, with 214 rides/person. This is more than Torontonians (188) and residents of other large American cities (which averaged 93 rides/person).
- With over 97% of its commuter trains running on time in 2011, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) ranks at the top of rail transit agencies in North America when it comes to on-time performance.
- In 2013, the AMT opened its first bikezone. This secure parking space for bicycles encourages the use of bicycles to access city transit stations and facilities.
- Communauto is the oldest and largest car-sharing service in North America. Since its inception in 1994, the organization has continually innovated. Early in 2012, Communauto acquired a fleet of self-service electric cars.
A more efficient public transit system allows workers to cut down on their commute time, thus reducing their transportation costs, which in the long term helps expand the pool of workers in the region. A high-performance public transit system is key to a good quality of life, especially in a major city like Montréal.
Francis Langlois, Analyst, Economic Research Division at Montréal International