MONTRÉAL, Nov. 17, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - In an article published today, La Presse columnist Francis Vailles suggests that a ridership study for the future Réseau électrique métropolitain (REM) project indicates a low level of commuter interest for the REM, resulting in ridership estimates falling below expectations. This is inaccurate.
The user survey Mr. Vailles focuses on represents a small, subjective part of a much broader study of the REM's anticipated ridership, based on international comparisons of similar projects. The complete study, conducted by SDG, incorporates the results of this survey into its analysis, and concludes that after an initial phase of gradual adoption, the REM will have 167 000 passages a day, approximately doubling current public transit ridership.
These figures confirm and refine results obtained in preliminary ridership studies, and form a rigorous basis to support the financing of the REM. The complete SDG ridership study thus confirms CDPQ Infra's expectations and the value of a long-awaited project that meets clearly-identified needs and that will have major benefits for the Greater Montreal area.
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