Montréal is a leader in sustainable mobility and intelligent transportation

published on April 4, 2019
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Montréal is at the forefront of groundbreaking discoveries, home to some of the world’s leaders in Artificial Intelligence, aerospace, education, neuroscience and tech. Add to that list sustainable mobility and intelligent transportation – a sector for which Montréal is pulling ahead of the pack and taking the lead.

An intelligent approach

Living up to the city’s title as an Intelligent Community of the Year, Montréal’s plan for transitioning to renewable energy includes collaboration between the Smart City Office and the Jalon MTL Intelligent Transportation Institute, working together to transform urban mobility, parking and dynamic traffic mapping in the city. By 2020, Montréal’s greenhouse gas emissions will have reduced by 30% (comparable to 1990 levels) and putting the city in first place in North America for electric transportation and sustainable mobility.

The numbers don’t lie

Quebec’s ground transportation industry is a world leader in transport development, home to CIRRELT, the largest transportation research centre in the world. There’s also 620 companies employing over 32,000 employees and more than 20 research centres and institutes all speeding towards the future of transportation. The province’s organized sector clusters are also working hand-in-hand, including the clean energy cluster Écotech Québec, the electric and intelligent transportation industry cluster Propulsion Québec and Cargo M, the logistics and transportation cluster.

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As an international hotspot in AI, it comes as no surprise that Montréal is breaking new ground in the use of AI in transport, focusing on urban traffic and improved shipping. Created by Concordia University’s Transportation Research for Integrated Planning (TRIP) laboratory, Itinerum is a smartphone app that collects travel data and instantly addresses traffic-related issues for drivers. And truck drivers will find their work more efficient with PORTail camionnage, a predictive application developed by Element AI and the Port of Montréal showing the best routes using traffic forecasts.

The future looks electric

Real change takes concrete dedication, and Montréal’s goal of becoming North America’s top city in sustainable mobility is one backed up by an exciting series of projects sure to make an impact noticed by the rest of the world.

  • By 2025, all buses purchased by the Montréal Transit Corporation  (STM) will be electric, and by 2040 the entire fleet will be emission-free.
  • With a budget of $6.3 billion and scheduled for completion in 2021, an REM light rail line covering 67km of the metropolitan area will take passengers between Montréal-Trudeau airport and downtown in just 20 minutes.
  • Montréal’s iconic Olympic Stadium and the Space for Life are acquiring a fleet of self-driving EasyMile shuttles to transport the more than 3million annual visitors who visit the area.
  • The suburb of Candiac has had self-driving shuttles in place since the summer of 2018, the first of their kind in Canada.

A city of active transport

When it comes to clean transport, it’s not all sci-fi. Montréal also holds the ranking as North America’s most bike-friendly city, with 846 kilometres of bike lanes and paths – 590 km of which are still accessible throughout the winter months. There’s also the BIXI bike-sharing network of 6,250 bikes available to locals and visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from April through November, including the Electric BIXI which zips past at speeds up to 32 km.h! As of summer 2019, both the JUMP e-bike system provided by Uber and Lime’s green scooters are also available, allowing drop-off anywhere within their respective ride zones.

For those who prefer keeping their feet on the ground, the RÉSO underground network is also the world’s largest, with over 32 kilometres of linked shops, hotels, restaurants and universities used by over 500,000 people daily.

A directory of game-changing transportation organizations and institutes

Montréal is home to a rapidly-growing sector of clean transport innovators, and their work is changing the face of how we get from points A to B. Here’s a list of some worth keeping an eye on.

Intelligent transportation and sustainable mobility research chairs and institutes

Industrial clusters and associations in clean, electric and intelligent transportation

World leaders in intelligent transportation and artificial intelligence

A place to gather and exchange ideas

As a vital sustainable mobility hub, it makes perfect sense for Montréal to also act as a host city for some exciting upcoming events in the field in 2019.

Movin’On World Summit on Sustainable Mobility

When: June 4-6, 2019
Where: Studios Grandé MTL
Delegates: 5000

Montréal Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Show

When: May 3-5, 2019
Where: Place Bonaventure

Impulsion MTL

When: June 3-4, 2019
Where: Centre des Sciences
Delegates: 200

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