When Mayor Valerie Plante was running for office, she announced that she wanted to make a few changes to the way Montrealers pay for public transport:
First of all, public transportation should be free for anyone under 12 years old.
Second, people with lower incomes should get a 40% discount.
And finally, senior citizens should always be able to ride the metro and bus for free.
Altogether these discounts would benefit nearly half a million Montrealers.
Initially they had also looked into the possibility of making public transportation free for everyone. This would reduce the number of vehicles on the road, which would save the city millions of dollars on infrastructures costs and construction.
So as crazy as it may sound, free public transportation would actually pay for itself.
And now that Plante is mayor, the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain are holding consultations to implement the new discounts, unfortunately they will not be exploring the possibility of making it free for all just yet.