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Old 08-07-14, 08:58 AM   #26
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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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Old 08-07-14, 11:36 AM   #27
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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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Old 08-10-14, 07:12 AM   #28
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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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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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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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