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    Quote Originally Posted by jimblairo View Post
    My error. From About Montreal

    Montreal has a great reputation in the commuting department and residents echo the latter with frequent public transit use. Despite a decline pattern in public commuting over the last twenty years, the latest Census figures show that 21.4% of employed Montrealers use public transit to get to work (and more than half of downtown workers commute), the highest proportion in Canada after Toronto, a city with a 22.2% ride-to-work rate.

    With the lowest personal car ownership rate in Canadian and U.S. cities as well, one third of Montreal households don't have cars at all, suggesting a possible trend toward sustainable modes of transportation.

    But it's not just about coverage and convenience. For many Montrealers, it's a bottom line issue, with commuters saving thousands a year on transportation and in a position to claim tax credits on their federal tax returns. For others, it's an environmental concern knowing buses spew out nine times less greenhouse gases than cars and electrical-powered subways cause even less environmental damage.
    I know one of the reasons for low car ownership in the city of Montreal, there is very few places to park. As good a reason as any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckbill View Post
    I know one of the reasons for low car ownership in the city of Montreal, there is very few places to park. As good a reason as any.
    True. The city actually shut down over 40 Municipal parking lots to help reduce congestion. A lot of people in the down town area use a very efficient short term rental system
    such as Commune Auto. Also, the cross town commuting bike path removed over 250 down town parking places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimblairo View Post
    With the lowest personal car ownership rate in Canadian and U.S. cities as well, one third of Montreal households don't have cars at all, suggesting a possible trend toward sustainable modes of transportation.
    I wonder if this is much out of line with other Canadian cities. My old hometown of St John's NL always had a large number of people who simply walked everywhere. Taxis were abundant and reasonably priced. Insurance, gas and capital costs were high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I wonder if this is much out of line with other Canadian cities. My old hometown of St John's NL always had a large number of people who simply walked everywhere. Taxis were abundant and reasonably priced. Insurance, gas and capital costs were high.
    It depends on the area in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I wonder if this is much out of line with other Canadian cities. My old hometown of St John's NL always had a large number of people who simply walked everywhere. Taxis were abundant and reasonably priced. Insurance, gas and capital costs were high.
    That brings back memories. When I was in St. Johns, we took taxis everywhere and it was cheep compared to southern Ontario.

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