An investment of $885 million is earmarked for a huge three-year plan called the "Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023." This action plan will "prioritize measures that promote the increase and diversification of the supply of sustainable, integrated, affordable and accessible transport, being at the heart of green and inclusive economic recovery," according to a press release.
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In addition to nearly 1,000 paid reserved parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Montreal by 2025, the city will focus its efforts on "decarbonization solutions for public transport, individual transport, shared mobility and freight transport."
Most notably, the city will support the STM's plans to electrify its bus fleet and garages. Funding will also include investments for the blue line extension.
The plan will also add more than 2,100 electric BIXI bikes across all 19 boroughs.
"I am extremely proud of this new strategy, which proves once again to Montrealers that the environment is an issue that is dear to us and that we are taking concrete steps to achieve the targets we have set for ourselves, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050," said Mayor Valérie Plante.
You might have noticed that the height of buildings in Montreal is shorter than those in other North American cities. That's by design. And now, Mayor Valérie Plante's party, Projet Montréal, is committing to keep it that way.
"Since 1992, a consensus has existed in Montreal regarding the maximum height of buildings," the party wrote on Facebook. "According to this agreement, Montreal's constructions must not obscure the views of Mount Royal — and therefore must not peak higher than the mountain's highest level, which is more than 232 metres above sea level."
The party criticized former mayor Denis Coderre's claim that taller buildings could help to increase the housing offer in the city.
"Mr. Coderre seems to believe that Montreal's highest peaks should belong to the owners of downtown penthouses [...] Let's be honest. Who will really benefit from taller skyscrapers? A handful of wealthy people and a few real estate developers... And so would begin the privatization of the views of our Mount Royal," Projet Montréal warned.
As summer winds down, so does the BIXI Montréal season. If you've been relying on the bike-sharing system to get around over the past five months, you may be wondering when you'll have to start using other modes of transit. Remember waiting for busses? Ugh.
The answer is November 15, which is when the BIXI season ends. Bixi says the bikes are taken off the network that day, and moved into storage in a warehouse in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie so they can "spend the winter warm inside."
That means you still have nearly two months to make the most of your monthly membership, seasonal membership or one-way rides. If you haven't used BIXI much this year, you still have time.
It costs 50 cents to unlock a bike for a one-way pass. The ride costs 10 cents a minute on regular bikes or 25 cents a minute on electric bikes.
These rates are reduced by 10% if you use your OPUS card.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the government to advance Montreal's priorities such as a green & inclusive recovery, the fight against arms trafficking and the fight against climate change."
Plante pushed for stronger federal gun control laws in the weeks leading up to the election, joining the mayors of Quebec's four other largest cities to call on all parties to take action on the issue.
She warned that, in her view, Canada could become an "American-style society" with normalized gun violence if the federal government didn't pass tougher legislation.
Plante listed a green economic relaunch and the fight against climate change as two other priorities for the city.
Quebec Premier François Legault also congratulated Trudeau on Tuesday, saying he would collaborate with the prime minister on "Quebec's interests."