What will Montréal look like in 20 years, in 2033? What will people’s mobility needs be? As a transit corporation, the STM has to think not only of its day-to-day operations and services, but also of what’s to come. It needs to consider future needs and trends, so it can start building the foundations for tomorrow’s mobility needs today.
Recently, we have seen several large cities, including Paris (Grand Paris
: 205 km of métro lines, 4 new lines, 72 stations, $35.9B, all for 2030), Moscow
and Toronto, with the Big Move
(a 50 B $ plan) begin enormous urban planning and mobility projects to ensure their vitality and development. What about Montréal? Mobility and public transit are known to drive a city’s economic and urban development, which are crucial for its vitality.
How can mobility be improved in Montréal, now and in the future?
Montréal’s density is growing. New neighbourhoods, including Griffintown and Saint-Henri, will need to have public transit services. For a greener, more sustainable city and better quality of life, public transit use around the city needs to increase. However, cars, which are increasingly smaller and more energy efficient, remain stiff competition. Recent data show that from 2006 to 2011, the number of vehicles in Montréal grew by 10.9% (Source
And let’s not forget the repair and maintenance of current infrastructure and systems, after decades of underfunding.
With all this in mind, I invite you to look into the future with me, through a discussion that will take place on this blog, next Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Let’s talk about the issues affecting the future of mobility in Montréal:
• Integrated urban planning;
• Transit systems;
• Transit/mobility cocktail;
• New mobility needs;
I’m interested in your vision—whether utopian, realistic or pessimistic—of what mobility will be in the Montréal of tomorrow. I want to hear what you have to say, so we can start building a plan for the future of urban mobility.
Be there next Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The discussion will take place live in the comments section of this post.