Free transit will allow us to:
Reduce the number of vehicles on the road
Eliminate costs associated with the collection of rates and reinvest
Reduce traffic congestion and increase social and economic productivity
Reduce financial pressures on families and low-income citizens
Encourage the use of public transport without penalizing motorists
When we should encourage the use of public transport, the Government of Quebec is quite the opposite and increasing rates of transport. The price of a monthly pass to Montreal has almost doubled in the last ten years. Families, workers and students have a strong need for affordable and effective in order to thrive in our modern society transport.
Free transportation is a concrete that the Quebec government could take now to reduce our oil consumption gesture without forcing people to abandon their cars.
Free transport will also benefit motorists and users of network transport. Hours and hours lost in traffic congestion greatly harm the economy! It is quite time that the Quebec government to take concrete steps to reduce traffic congestion, without expansion of the road network.
The abolition of freight rates would have an impact on the workers who collect these funds. A Green Government will ensure that these workers will be offered associated with the expansion of network positions.
Transit, it is the future.
In financial terms, the STM plans to raise 590 million dollars in transit fares this year. This represents less than half of what the Minister of Transport, Jean-Froincois lysed, reportedly announced on May 6 for only exchangers Decarie, Dorval, and Turcot. Note that free transport is a matter of priority and that remained the need for the expansion of road networks.