Quebecers want public transit investments — even if they won't use it

Quebecers want public transit investments — even if they won't use it
Quebecers want public transit investments — even if they won't use it

Few people say they'd actually use public transit if they could get to their destination by car.

Presse Canadienne

Updated: June 1, 2018

The Réseau électrique métropolitain is scheduled to go into operation by 2020

The Réseau électrique métropolitain is scheduled to go into operation by 2020. CDPQ Infra

The vast majority of Quebecers perceive investment in large scale transit projects as a priority — but few of them say they’d actually use public transit if they could get to their destination by car.

The apparent contradiction is found in a study on sustainable transportation conducted by the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en analyse des organisations (CIRANO) made public Thursday evening.

The study found that 83 per cent of respondents “hope to see the development of large scale public transit projects” and that the enthusiasm was most pronounced in Montreal (86 per cent) compared with the province’s regions (78 per cent).

Respondents under 35 (86 per cent) were more favourable to transit development than those over 75 (64 per cent).

But if Quebecers want to see public transit expand, they are less enthusiastic about using it themselves.

Only 29 per cent of respondents said they would use public transit rather than their car to get to their destination, while nearly half of those polled said they’d use public transit if it was better adapted to their scheduling and destination needs.

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