Vision 2020 – The Future of Public Transit for the Greater Montréal Area

In late 2011, Montréal’s Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) unveiled a public transport mobility plan called Vision 2020. The AMT hope that the $17 billion dollar plan will increase public transport use by 33% in the metropolitan region over a 10-year period. 

As part of the initial preparatory process, public transit players, customers and citizens were invited to come together to define priority mobility issues for the region. Over 3,000 respondents joined discussion forums and public consultations, and three objectives were established: to make trips easier for customers; to ensure better environmental and urban integration of the network and its facilities; and to establish a fast, multimodal network with increased capacity, stronger links between modes and better travel times.

Sample projects and initiatives

$17bn has been earmarked for investment in large-scale projects and initiatives over the 10-year time frame. Included in these major projects are plans to extend of the orange, yellow and blue metro lines to allow faster access to downtown, plans for an LRT or a rapid transit service in the busy A-10 corridor, and increased electrification of the public transit network. There are also plans to offer a new and improved BRT system and to increase the capacity of the Downtown Bus Terminal.

According to the AMT, all of these projects are intended promote the modal shift from cars to public transit. If successful, it will mean that in 2020 more citizens will have access to rapid public transit at a reasonable distance from their homes.

Offering alternatives

According to Association du transport urbain du Québec, solo car users currently emit 64 times more carbon monoxide and 2.6 times more GHG per km than mass transit users. The 2020 Plan will reduce car use, particularly during peak hours, by offering customers alternatives to the car. By increasing public transport’s rush hour share from 25% to 30%, there will be 180,000 fewer cars on Montreal’s roads.

The plan is due for review in 2016.