By Tracy Arial

Do you have ideas about how buses, the metro and trains function? Does the public transport system matter to you? 

If so, you have until December 14 to make comments or submit a written opinion to a digital regional transportation consultation now under way

Quebec’s regional urban transport authority (L’autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) wants ideas about increasing public transit use and peak morning ridership on buses, metros and trains by 35% in the next decade.

To encourage English speakers to participate, they published a 33-page document about the consultation on October 27. The document begins with the basic facts. 

Of all trips made in a single 24-hour day in the metropolitan area, some 5.4 million are by car, 1.5 million by public transit and nearly one million by active transportation. Sustainable modes (public transit, cycling, walking) account for 30% of these daily trips. During the morning peak hours (between 6 and 9 a.m.), the respective mode shares for motorized modes are 25% for public transit and 66% for cars.

It continues with descriptions of the links between regional buses, the Montreal metro and trains and ideas about lower carbon emissions while keeping costs low.

People who submit memorandums to the consultation will have three dates in January to present. You can also sign into the application portal and submit comments in French or English. If you read French, you can vote on assorted options of the plan within the portal.