LA VILLE DE QUEBEC REVIVING PUBLIC TRANSIT

The government of Quebec set up a special commission in 1966 to study the transportation needs of the city of Quebec. For years public transit had been operated by seven private companies. The study established a transit commission (QUCTC) that would provide unified transit on a cost shared bases. In 1970-71, the routes, vehicles, and manpower were consolidated, and a new fare structure was created. Political and labor battles characterized the first few years of the commission, and the city of Quebec showed a ridership loss between 1970 and 1974. A 1972 survey showed that public transit was accounting for only 1 percent of the total daily trips. This and other studies brought about improved service and route changes. There has always been opponents of public transit in Quebec, and when a large operating eficit resulted, there were more complaints. Besides the lack of adequate financing, there were complaints about such things as lack of bus shelters and bus priority schemes. In 1974, the Province of Quebec finally granted the commission a $900,000 subsidy. Plans for future improvement of the QUCTC's service include intermodal planning, streetcars, and light rail transit. It appears that a new attidue is developing toward public transit. Priority must be accorded it in the future since continued emphasis on highways will only destroy cities and bring pollution. To be successful, public transit must be useful, and the QUCTC has many improvements lying ahead.

  • Corporate Authors:

    T.C. Publishing Limited

    P.O. Box 6103, Station A
    Toronto, ONo M5W 1P5,   Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1976-8

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 6-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141302
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1981 12:00AM