Montréal is at the forefront of ground-breaking discoveries and home to some of the world’s leaders in aerospace, artificial intelligence, education, neuroscience, and tech. These thriving local sectors also intersect with two up-and-coming industries: sustainable mobility and intelligent transportation. Montréal is becoming a hotspot for both.
Prioritizing carbon neutrality
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 various stakeholders. One of the main commitments is a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with the objective of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. The city’s plan—appropriately named the Montréal Climate Plan—names 46 measures that will set Montréal on the path to being a resilient, inclusive, and carbon-neutral city.
The numbers don’t lie
Québec’s ground transportation industry is a world leader in transport development. Montréal is home to CIRRELT, the largest transportation research centre in the world. There are also 620 companies employing over 32,000 employees and more than 30 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.
Using AI to move smarter and smoother
As an international hotspot in Artificial Intelligence, 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.
The Port of Montréal is using a predictive AI tool that optimizes port logistics, letting the Port improve its operational planning and positively impact the transit times for containerized cargo in the supply chain, especially for rail freight.
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. Currently they’re beginning a new phase of testing new long-range electric buses.
- With a budget of $6.3 billion and scheduled for completion in 2023, an REM light rail line covering 67 km 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 use a fleet of self-driving EZ10 passenger shuttles to transport the millions of annual visitors who visit the area.
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. Additionally, the BIXI bike-sharing network of 6,250 bikes are available to locals and visitors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from April through November, including the Electric BIXI!
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. Keep your eyes on these organizations:
Intelligent transportation and sustainable mobility research chairs and institutes
- Inter-university Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT)
- Mobility Chair and Canada Research Chair in Personal Mobility and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Data Science for RealTime Decision Making at the Polytechnique Montréal
- In.SITU Chair in Innovation and Integrated Transportation / Urban Planning Strategies at UQÀM
- Sustainable Mobility Observatory at the University of Montréal
- Transportation Research for Integrated Planning (TRIP) Lab at Concordia
- Jalon MTL Intelligent Transportation Institute
- Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO)
- Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI)
- InnovÉÉ (Innovation in Electric Power)
- Electric Mobility Canada
Industrial clusters and associations in clean, electric and intelligent transportation
- Propulsion Québec
- Écotech Québec
- Québec Centre of Excellence in Ground Transportation
- Technopôle IVÉO
- Québec Electric Vehicle Association (AVEQ)
World leaders in intelligent transportation and artificial intelligence