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Sustainable mobility

The ATUQ places a high value on sustainable mobility and it strives increasingly to position its members as urban development and spatial planning stakeholders and leaders with respect to sustainable mobility. The following actions have been undertaken by the ATUQ:

Sustainable mobility committee

Created in 2012, this committee is mandated to provide the different transportation organizations with tools that will allow them to achieve a common position with respect to the promotion of sustainable mobility and its related issues, while acknowledging the distinctive features of each territory. This mandate is in a way a statement of the guiding principles that must inspire any measures adopted within a culture of sustainable mobility:

How do ATUQ members contribute to the development of a sustainable mobility culture?

  • By making public transit services accessible to as many people as possible and thereby supporting the economic, social and cultural development of individuals, companies and communities, in a spirit of intra- and inter-generational equity;
  • Through an efficient and effective operation of their networks and by offering an array of safe and comfortable transportation modes;
  • By proposing innovative mobility solutions, in harmony with urban development and living environments;
  • By providing people with the opportunity to develop healthy mobility patterns;
  • By minimizing the negative impacts of their activities on ecosystems, the use of non-renewable resources and environmental nuisances such as noise and dust emissions.

The ATUQ is a sustainable mobility expert

The ATUQ and its member organizations are regularly called upon to participate in different consultation processes, as was the case in May 2013, when the Quebec Transportation Department was busy developing its sustainable mobility policy, which eventually became the National strategy for sustainable mobility, in February 2014. At the time, the ATUQ had delivered four presentations on the following topics: the connection between land use planning and transportation, governance and public transportation funding, transportation electrification and the environment and transit adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities. Following this, the ATUQ submitted a brief which reflected the ideas discussed during the consultative process, as well as 24 recommendations in line with the four topics that were addressed. Link to the brief (in french only).

Sustainable mobility declaration: investing in public transportation

In May 2013, following the consultative process, a declaration was presented to the minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and to the minister of Transport. This declaration was co-signed by more than thirty organizations, including the ATUQ. At the time, the signatories asked the minister to increase by one billion dollars a year the amounts that were to be invested in public transportation infrastructures across Quebec over the next ten years. They also requested that the government ensure the necessary funding to the transit operating authorities which would allow them to contribute to these investments and to the resulting operating costs. Read the press release published by the ATUQ (in french only).

Activities and events in support of sustainable development

In recent years, the ATUQ has been involved in the organization of activities and events designed not only to promote sustainable mobility and transportation in Quebec, but above all, to foster their development. These include:

  • ATUQ Annual Conference
  • Quebec Forum on sustainable mobility held in 2008 and 2010
  • Symposium on the electrification of the transportation systems in Quebec held in 2010
In addition, the ATUQ, in co-operation with the UMQ, the City of Montreal and the University of Montreal, helped establish the Observatoirede la mobilité durable (Sustainable mobility observatory) (in french only). This scientific observatory’s mission is to examine the transportation and mobility of people and goods from an intermodal perspective, with regard to urban and land use planning choices and practices and in light of sustainable development imperatives.

The ATUQ has produced many studies

  • Economic impact of public transit in Quebec, 2010 and 2014
  • ATUQ Sustainable Development Report – Full and summary reports
  • Social impact of public transportation
  • Public transportation social pricing policy
  • Contribution of public transportation to sustainable development in Quebec
  • Economic impacts and contribution to the sustainable development of public transportation organizations
They are all available through this link

In its capacity as reference and expert, the ATUQ has also filed numerous briefs

  • Brief filed as part of the consultative process on energy issues.
  • Brief filed within the framework of the public consultation on the Quebec government’s policy on sustainable mobility
  • Briefs filed as part of pre-budget consultations
They are all available through this link