Montreal doesn't exactly have the best air quality out there.
In fact, we have twice as many "poor air quality" days and smog warnings than anywhere else in the province.
Smog can cause some problems for people with asthma, it is especially harmful to children and the elderly and it can cause anything from eye irritation, to lung and chest pains and even cancer.
Seeing as how we have on average 60 "smog warning" days a year, the city finally decided to plan a way to improve air quality during those days.
The plan is simple.
Make all public transport free during smog days.
More people will leave their cars at home and that should improve the overall air quality.
But if that's the case, then why not just bite the bullet and make public transport free all the time? Think about how many cars would be left at home.
Plus, this could ONLY work if it were a year round plan. Because no one in their right mind is going to wake up in the morning and check for smog alerts to find out whether they should be taking the bus or their car to work. People just don't operate that way, we are creatures of habit.
If you really want people to start using more public transport, it must become a part of their daily routine.
Coderre discussed the idea with the Chairman of the STM but no word on whether this plan will actually be set in motion yet.