Our vision for the future: ensure the quality of life for residents and the economic development of the region. Our solutions: move forward in developing efficient and structuring public transport.
Our projects are guided by the growing travel needs of the populations of the Greater Montreal region. We strive to visualize the territory as a whole in order to offer transport alternatives for each of its corridors. We are dedicating resources to facilitate movement of people within the entire metropolitan network through a better integration of services.
Each initiative is implemented within a global vision of development of the greater metropolitan region. All these initiatives require significant investments as well as concrete support from all public transport stakeholders. The AMT will be investing $1.25 billion in the development of the network over the next three years.
Our studies allow us to anticipate the actions to be taken. They allow us to see that we need to move forward, and to join those building the future of Montréal, the sixth largest region in North America in terms of passenger railway transport.
Each year, over 452 million trips are taken using public transport, attesting to Montreal's status as an economic, cultural, tourism or higher education metropolis. Much like the highway network, developing and maintaining public transport are essential ingredients for maintaining a high quality of life in the region.
Some 350,000 workers and students depend on public transport to get to their schools or work places each weekday morning. During the morning rush hour, the metro carries 190,000 passengers to their various destinations; the Réseau de transport métropolitain-autobus (RTM-A), 65,000 passengers; the commuter trains, 25,000 passengers; and the local STM, RTL, STL CIT networks transport over 200,000 users.
Only public transport is capable of efficiently absorbing such volume. Indeed, if the 120,000 people who use public transport to get into Downtown Montréal each morning were to travel by car, then five new eight-lane highways would need to be built in order to accommodate such massive traffic, which would in turn require significant investments by the Québec government, and furthermore, would have a horrendous impact on the quality of life within the agglomeration.