VitalSigns of Greater Montreal 2008 Foundation of Greater Montreal's website
Comment Vital Signs
  • The utilization rate of public transit rose by 1.5% in 2006. At the
    same time, there were more than 26 million trips in restricted lanes,
    and the utilization rate of park-and-ride facilities grew by 4% to reach 75%. 1
  • Between 1996 and 2006, there was a slight reduction from 72.2% to 70.4% in the proportion of commuters who used their vehicles to go to work in the region. However, the rate has remained virtually unchanged since 2001 (when it was 70.6%). 2
  • While the proportion of workers using public transit to go to work has increased in the past 10 years, rising from 20.2% in 1996 to 21.4% in 2006, it has barely changed since 2001, when it was 21.6%. In this regard, Greater Montreal ranked second among Canadian cities, behind Toronto (22.2%) and ahead of Ottawa (19.4%). 2

Proportion of People Who Walk to Work,
1996 and 2006

Source : Statistics Canada
  • Between 2001 and 2006, there was a substantial increase – from 29.5% to 32.9% – in the proportion of workers aged 25 to 34 in the region who used alternative transportation methods [walking, bicycle, public transit]. For all other age groups, however, in particular among those aged 65 years and over, this proportion declined. 2
  • In 2006, the number of trips on the suburban train network increased by 3.2%, placing the region in sixth place in North America, behind New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto. 1 2
Proportion of People Who Use Their Bicycle
To Go To Work, 1996 and 2006

Source : Statistics Canada
  • In four years – from 1999-2002 to 2003-2006 – the annual consumption of gas increased by 6.5%, due, among other things, to an increase of 6% (+51,317 vehicles) in the number of registered motor vehicles on the island. 3
On the move to school!, a program, launched in 2005-2006 by Vélo Québec in cooperation with the Canadian organization, Go for Green, encourages children to make active transportation a daily habit and, at the same time, seeks to reduce car traffic near schools. The program was implemented in six regions of the province in 2007, reaching more than 12,000 pupils in about 30 schools, including 11 schools under the Commission scolaire de Montreal. In addition to encouraging the adoption of active transportation by children, the program initiates the students and their parents to the rules that must guide cycling and walking in an urban environment, helps in the identification of hazards around schools and their neighbouring streets, encourages schools to install bicycle stands, etc.4 5

Source :
1 Agence métropolitaine de transport, Rapport d’activités 2006. Montreal: AMT, 2007.
2 Statistics Canada. Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians. 2006 Census. Cat. No. 97-561-X. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2008.
3 Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal, in cooperation with the city of Montréal, Indicateurs de l’état de l’environnement. Bilan pour la période 2003-2006. Montreal, 2008.
4 Transport Canada, On the move to school! Case study on sustainable transportation, Vélo Québec, 2005.
Transport Canada and Urban Transportation Showcase Program, 2006
5 Vélo Québec and Accès transports viables and Programme de promotion des déplacements actifs en milieu scolaire, 2006.