Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Montrealers using public transit like never before

Photograph by: Vincenzo D'Alto, The Gazette

Montrealers using public transit like never before: "MONTREAL - Never before have Montrealers used public transit as much as they do today.

In 2011, Société de transport de Montréal expects 405 million trips to be taken on its buses and the métro, STM president Michel Labrecque announced Tuesday.

That will beat the previous record: 398 million trips, set in 1947, when the city had an extensive tramway network. The tramway was gradually removed before being eliminated in 1959."

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Montreal - #transit investment pays big dividends

FOR THE RECORD: Fund transport and boost the economy | iPolitics: "For over 150 years, public transit has been instrumental to Montreal’s economic development, boosting productivity and economic activity for the region’s businesses and agencies. With over 1.2 million trips daily, the STM helps Montrealers commute to work, attend school and patronize businesses.

Public transit also helps reduce road congestion, which each year costs Metropolitan Montreal $1.4 billion, or 1% of Montreal’s GDP. Less road congestion means reduced travel times for all Montrealers, including non-riders. Each public transit user means one less car on the roads, thereby cutting down travel time for goods and people (BTMM, 2010)."

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