Public transit has many benefits, not only on a personal and professional level, but also economically, environmentally, and socially. Because everyone can benefit from public transit, it’s time to get back on board!
Do it for yourself
To find a better balance and become more efficient
Choosing public transit is about living a more active lifestyle and taking time for yourself—two important aspects of a balanced life. Public transit can be easily combined with walking and cycling, which makes it a great way to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and shift away from a more sedentary lifestyle. It’s also a nice way to take a break during your day and enjoy a moment to yourself, letting your mind roam or keeping it busy. Time spent on public transit is far from wasted!
Ten suggestions for making the most of transit time
- Clear your mind, or relax while listening to music
- Organize your day
- Read a book, comic book, magazine, or newspaper
- Browse social media or prepare your next post
- Review course notes or respond to work emails
- Unleash ideas and creativity
- Listen to a podcast, TV series, or tutorial
- Plan your next outing
- Play a video game, do a crossword puzzle, or continue your knitting project
- Get in touch with family, loved ones, and friends
Are you familiar with intermodality?
Intermodality is the combination of multiple modes of transportation to get to your destination. For example, to access an express or intercity bus line or a subway or train station, some users will first use active transportation (cycling, walking) or carpooling.
Rethink your mobility habits
To fight climate change
Using public transit is one of the most effective choices you can make as an individual to reduce your carbon footprint. In Québec, the transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2018, the ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) estimated that this sector was responsible for 44.8% of Québec’s emissions (in French only). On-road transportation alone, which includes motorcycles, automobiles, light trucks, and heavy vehicles, accounted for 79.6% of sector emissions, and 35.6% of Québec’s total. Public transit is more energy efficient and uses less space and resources. It’s an excellent option because it allows many regions to meet people’s mobility needs while limiting GHG emissions. It also reduces the significant noise pollution associated with road traffic.
To improve the quality of life for all
Public transit not only has a positive impact on quality of life, the environment, and public health, it also contributes to economic development by reducing traffic congestion, facilitating mobility, and limiting travel costs. Unlike with a car, you’re not responsible for maintenance or fuel costs. All you have to worry about are your transit tickets or passes and, in the Greater Montréal Area, the reservation fee for a parking spot in a park-and-ride lot.
The Government of Québec is also on its way to electrifying transportation (in French only) in the province. By investing to expand the availability of electric public transit in Québec, it is actively participating in the energy transition. What’s more, the ministère des Transport’s Sustainable Mobility Policy – 2030 Transporting Québec Towards Modernity , which includes an urban public transit intervention framework , lays out a roadmap for the coming years to establish a safe, well-connected, and effective low-carbon transportation ecosystem that contributes to Québec’s prosperity and meets the needs of citizens and businesses.
More public transit, less…
- Air and noise pollution
- Traffic congestion and accidents
- Sedentary lifestyle habits
- Unforeseen expenses
More public transit, more…
- Time for yourself
- Peace of mind
Plan your route ahead
Get back on board
Public transit is an efficient travel option that can help you live a more balanced and environmentally responsible lifestyle. To make it easier to get to your destination and establish a routine adapted to your needs, trip planning is key.
Take public transit safely!
Transit authorities have spared no effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 and ensure a safe environment for riders. To that end, a series of daily health measures are implemented. Of course, transit riders are also called upon to contribute to collective efforts by complying with requirements for wearing a face covering and washing hands with alcohol-based sanitizer gel.
Before using transit, visit your local transit authority’s website to learn more about services and routes, network conditions, fares and passes, user tips and much more.
Useful links to transit authority websites
Greater Montréal area
- Mobilité Montréal
- Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain
- Réseau de transport de Longueuil
- Société de transport de Laval
- Société de transport de Montréal
Greater Québec City area