MONTREAL, May 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Société de transport de
Montréal (STM) has unveiled its second Sustainable Development Plan,
which will be in effect until 2020.
"The STM contributes to the sustainable development of Montréal and
Québec in two ways," said Michel Labrecque, Chairman of the Board of
Directors. "First, because the service it provides offers citizens an
efficient, safe, environment-friendly mode of travel, while also
helping to improve quality of life. And second, because it acts
responsibly by integrating environmental, social and economic
considerations into all of its activities and business processes."
One of the priorities outlined in the Plan is to improve service to
maximize the benefits of public transit. In fact, the STM is targeting
a 40% increase in ridership, to reach 540 million trips in 2020.
The acquisition of 468 new Azur metro cars, the purchase of a further
316 hybrid buses and the addition of more than 200 km of bus priority
measures (reserved lanes and priority traffic lights) will definitely
contribute to achieving this objective. The bus priority measures
alone, which will total 370 km in 2020, will mean time savings of 15%
to 20% on the routes affected. As well, the percentage of trips that
are partially or totally powered by electricity (metro, hybrid bus,
electric midibus, trolleybus, tramway) will grow from 69% to 86%.
Other measures to enhance service, such as installing bicycle racks on
more buses and adding 300 new bicycle parking spaces near metro
stations and bus terminals, bringing the total to 3,500 spots, will
continue to promote a mix of modes of transit, or transportation
cocktail, as well as intermodality.
To foster universal accessibility, an additional $87 million will be
invested in the bus and metro system, making travel easier for people
with functional limitations by adding elevators, installing new
accessible bus shelters and improving public address systems in
stations, for example. The STM will also keep up its ambitious
employment equity program which has given it a workforce where 21% of
employees come from visible and ethnic minorities, and 24% are women.
Reduced ecological footprint
The Sustainable Development Plan lays out a series of measures intended
to reduce the STM's ecological footprint. First, by improving its
environmental management system, based on the ISO 14001 standard, but
also by increasing the residual-material recovery rate from 63% to 80%,
in line with the objectives set by the Québec government and the city
In addition, all new construction projects will aim for LEED
certification. This is already true of the new Stinson transportation
centre, currently under construction, which is designed to LEED Gold
standard¾a first in Canada for this type of building.
Finally, the STM will continue improving its social, environmental and
economic performance through its procurement processes. It will
establish a sustainable procurement policy that incorporates recent
experience in integrating sustainability criteria into various calls
for tenders, such as those for the Azur metro cars and Legendre body
"Certainly, we have a major challenge before us if we want to become one
of the world's best transit authorities. But we know that integrating
environmental, social and economic considerations into our practices
will enable us to reach this goal, and remain an exemplary corporate
citizen that places sustainable development at the top of its
priorities. Our Sustainable Development Plan truly reflects this
commitment," Mr. Labrecque added.
The Plan is available at the following address:
SOURCE: Société de transport de Montréal
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