The City of Montréal's Transportation plan: quality, return, and coherence making Montréal THE North American model for sustainable urban development

    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal filed its brief as part of the public consultation on the City of
Montréal's Transportation plan.
    The Board of Trade has followed with interest the preparation of the City
of Montréal's Transportation plan and, in drawing up this brief, was inspired
in part by the consultation document and the thematic workshops organized by
the City (in which the Board of Trade participated). In addition, it called
upon the involvement and expertise of members of its strategic analysis
committees on urban development, taxation and public finance, and economic
    The Board of Trade based its analysis of this plan on three major guiding
principles: quality, return, and coherence.
    "This Transportation plan is certainly one of the most innovative that a
metropolis like Montréal could develop. The deliberate choice to grant
precedence to public transit is one of the best decisions that could have been
made for improving the quality of life of Montrealers while creating an
environment that is attractive to companies and people and beneficial to
business," declared Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade.
    "Montréal is one of the North American metropolises where public transit
is most heavily used. It is a distinctive facet of our city's personality -
one that contributes greatly to the quality of life that is so envied by
others. But, while Montréal is already doing well, we now have an opportunity
to do even better. Both our public transit and road infrastructures need major
upgrades requiring significant investments. With this plan, Montréal is
creating an opportunity to institute real sustainable urban development by
creating a transportation system where the movement of goods and people will
be highly efficient," added Hudon.
    "To move from the planning stage to the implementation of true
sustainable urban development infrastructures, sizeable financial resources
will be required. The magnitude of the projects involved means that we cannot
count on a single source of revenue. It is through the conjunction of a
variety of means and by choosing the most appropriate ones that we will
accomplish our goals: we must determine those that offer the best return, are
the easiest to implement, and will not impede the development of the
metropolis," continued Hudon.
    "The City of Montréal has dared to present an ambitious plan. Now it is
up to us to push that boldness to an ultimate objective: making Montréal THE
North American champion of sustainable urban development," concluded Hudon.

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater
Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants and businesses of all sizes
with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full
potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board
of Trade is the largest private organization in Quebec dedicated to economic

For further information:

For further information: Chantal Roby, Coordinator, Communications,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4088,

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