Montreal, Valerie Plant, Ed Stocker discussed on Monocle 24: The Urbanist
Hello. And welcome to Monaco. Twenty four is the the show or about the cities we live in imagine talk this week. We continue with part two of our coverage of LA commotion the of ability conference recently held in California. And as good stuff on the urban road ahead. And once again, I'm joined by our America's editor at large, Ed Stocker. We'll even get a ride in a driverless vehicle. This is about as quickly as you go in traffic. Anyway, we speak with Montreal's lively mad Valerie plant who doesn't own a car about her bold public transport plans for the city, and we'll have Stony as minister of economic fares and infrastructure about what makes her nation such a mobility ideas mover. Join us over the next thirty minutes as we whiz to the future. That's coming up on the best with me. Andrew talk Stocker are America's editor at large. So welcome to this week's program. I up vary plant. The Montreal mayor is on a mission to make transport and she calls it sexy. She argues that we need to start looking at it in a different way. Namely as an engine for change and development, and is all wrapped up and Canada's bold environmental goals for me every time, we think about public transport is an opportunity think about social development are we doing for example, and you by bus line or Mitchell station in an area where it's really Dan's maybe from a socio economic, it's less diversifies. It opens up up at Unity's and economically. Of course. Because for obvious reason like, you know, traffic jam costs a lot of money for cities. But also when you build public transport. It's good it creates jobs, and then when you know that your population is mobile, it is really good for the economy and finally for the environment. I have very bold objective. Gives to be carbo neutral by twenty fifty and zero ways by twenty thirty and died means for Montreal to go strong on public transport because this is where we're at for Canada for Quebec Montreal is not so much about doing the change for a better source of energy because we have Joyal trysofi. So the only way to reach your goals is to transport some cities like London and New York is saying drops in public transport ridership. I think loyalty because of rideshare how'd you sort of tackle that issue? And how do you work with the ride Chaz, how do you battle against potential drop like that that is such a question because as we create more public transport options at has to be acceptable, both physically and financially. Right. So if it's not acceptable financially, then we're missing the whole point. And this is where we need to work with our governments and making sure that we have for example, social fairs that it's cheaper for different types of populated for pursuits. Or maybe for. Elders. And this discussion that we're having Montreal with the government of Quebec. And I would say there's a will to make sure that everybody can take metro and for me, I feel I it will be a success one. Everybody takes metro whatever you're rich or not rich or your now. Dir your your student? You're young whatever what is your background? You wanna take the metro or the bus because it is again accessible, it's comfortable in quick. And what's so secret for curbing vehicle? Use Montreal as high taxation is at cheap transport. What's the golden ticket? Well, I I wish we had a golden ticket. We'd love that by there is no major investment into the public transport sector and since I took office. This is a priority for me. So now, we just for example, three hundred hybrid buses were fighting for to new one metro lines, and and you know, other options and so now the question of money is being race. And it makes sense. And now we need to diversify our sources of financing, and that means bringing the other level of government into the mobility change. And it is not an easy one where in Quebec, for example, all tax payers pay for the highways where for public transport is about seventy percent. So there's always at twenty five twenty twenty five percent is being paid by the locals, which I think is observed we shouldn't be all being for a highways, and if we do that we should be all paying as well for public transport options. So there is many conversation than used to happen in my. Char- we're lucky because our public transport systems been there for a while people are used to love it. They're attached to it. But there's not an easy way. And personally as mayor though, I'm open to different types of taxation. It's a conversation that needs to happen with the different level of government. Because again, it cannot be solely the responsibility of a mayor USA mentioned earlier today, this idea of healthy living, how does that work with public transport on a day-to-day level, it works altogether, where my hope and what I think we should be leading towards his to have for example, a family living in an apartment building having a small house downtown and the kids can go to school walking because the sidewalks are biking because it safe. And then you the parents jump in the metro station that is just downstairs, and so they don't have to use a card or not stuck in traffic. And then you know, they can easily go from home to work and come back and spend more time with their family in the public spaces and parks and stuff like that. And to me, this is really the vision for the future we need. To minimize urban sprawl, we need to make sure if we wanna say the planet that make sure the environment is following, you know, it's about density and having healthy cities and healthy means a lot of mobility options public transport is one but also the car-sharing bike sharing as well. Which we have in mind shell it's like a cocktail, right? So I'm back to sexiness of transport while we need to have a cocktail, mobility cocktail. I'll drink that. I'll drink. That was Montreal's ma- Valerie plant speaking to you at.