Projet Montréal soon responded to the promises of Mayor Denis Coderre and announced his platform on public transport in case of winning the upcoming November 5 elections.
This Monday the current mayor promised a “social fee”, as well as four weekends with free public transportation.
Now the troop of Valérie plant, who seeks to become the first woman in front of the mayor of Montreal, responded with her own proposal for the Metro and bus system in the city and in her favor could be said that the proposal was much more detailed.
Projet Montréal proposes a 40% discount on the monthly rate of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) for low-income people. People who can benefit from this measure would be those below the poverty line, which means people who earn less than $20,000.
Similarly, Valérie Plant’s party promises to offer free public transport services for children under the age of 12, as well as for people over 65 years old.
“To help Montreal thrive, we must help them mobilize easily and at a reasonable price,” said plant in a statement. “In 2013 the Montreal promised them a social rate that never saw the light,” he added, remarking what they consider a hypocrisy on the part of Mayor Denis Coderre.
The municipal political party, the current official opposition, points out that several Canadian cities, such as Ottawa, Guelph and Regina, have reduced fare plans for low-income people, so they do not understand how Montreal has not implemented something similar.
These measures would, of course, be implemented in a progressive way and not immediately. This whole plan would cost around $110 million that a possible government of Projet Montréal would finance, in part, with the help of the government of Quebec.
It is estimated that more than 320,000 people over 65 years live on the island of Montreal, according to the latest data from the Canadian census.