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Alternative transportation

While fully committed to maximizing public transit use, the City also wishes to support alternative methods of transportation such as walking, cycling, carpooling and car sharing.

These modes complement public transit, require few additional investments, fit in well with the built form, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy consumption and help to improve the physical health of Montrealers.

Self-serve bicycles

A number of institutions and businesses in Montréal now offer their employees and students self-serve bicycles for use during business hours. The City encourages a wider use of this concept at other workplaces and educational institutions.

Car share services

These services permit their members to access automobiles when they need them through a time-share system. The City recognizes the contribution of this mode of alternative transport. Similarly, the City encourages the use of electric-powered vehicles.

Employer-based programs

Employer-based programs cover a wide variety of different initiatives taken by employers to support the use of public transit by their employees in their journeys between home and work. The AMT is offering guidance and support to a number of different corporations seeking to begin such programs through its Allégo initiative. Carpooling, localized improvements to public transit service, shortened workweeks, telecommuting and bicycling incentive programs are all examples of employer-based initiatives worthy of consideration. Through these efforts, institutions and corporations can reduce the number of parking spaces they offer and put that space to better use. The City recommends the use of such measures.

Implementation measures

The following actions pertaining to public transportation networks, which will be confirmed by in-depth studies, are justified by urban planning considerations (see Map 2.2.1):

Proposed interventions for the metro network

Given the role that the metro plays in intensifying activities, the high density of the residential and employment areas to be served and the presence of areas with strong development potential that are subject to detailed planning (Galeries-d'Anjou/Jean-Talon East, Havre de Montréal, Laurentien/Lachapelle), the City recommends the following interventions:

  • Extend Line 5 from the Saint-Michel station to the Borough of Anjou and construct a station at the corner of Galeries-d'Anjou and Bélanger (under study by the AMT).
  • Extend Line 2 from the Côte-Vertu station to the Bois-Franc commuter train station.
  • Redesign the access to Old Montréal from the Champ-de-Mars metro station (project under study by the Ville de Montréal).

Proposed interventions for commuter train lines

In an effort to increase Montrealers' use of commuter rail lines and taking into account the relative ease and low cost of their implementation, as well as the proximity of areas with a strong development and improvement potential that are also subject to detailed planning (L'Acadie/Chabanel, L'Anse-à-l'Orme, Décarie/Cavendish/Jean-Talon West), the City recommends the following interventions:

  • Build a new commuter rail line linking Repentigny with Montréal's Centre, serving the boroughs of Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles-Montréal-Est, Anjou, Saint-Léonard, Montréal-Nord, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Saint-Laurent (project under study by the Agence métropolitaine de transport).
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