Montréal-Trudeau: meeting the sustainable mobility challenge

Sustainable development is among the priority focuses in Aéroports de Montréal’s strategic plan, and sustainable mobility is an integral part of the equation. That’s why ADM is doing everything it can to persuade its employees to use alternative means of transportation.

In fact, home-to-work travel poses a particular challenge for everyone who works at Montréal-Trudeau. Because the airport is open 24/7, many teams have irregular schedules. Additionally, airport employees live all across the Greater Montréal region, sometimes quite far away in the suburbs to the north and south of the island.

And even for those who live on Montréal Island, the airport is not always easily accessible by public transit, despite the fact that the STM’s introduction of its express 747 bus route has helped greatly to improve the situation, especially with the recent addition of more frequent service.

And although ADM makes parking available for those who use their vehicles to commute, the spaces closest to the terminal are reserved for passengers, whose numbers are increasing yearly.

ADM has introduced several measures to facilitate its employees’ commutes and encourage them to use alternative means of transportation, among others its Écono-Écolo-Pratique! (economical, environmentally friendly, practical) program, which is based on the following three solutions:

  • Carpooling and ride-sharing: A service that helps employees find colleagues who live close to them and with whom they can carpool or ride-share. Drivers registered for this program benefit from a space in a parking lot near the terminal.
  • Public transit: Employees who buy a monthly pass are eligible for a 50% refund.
  • Active transportation: So-called “bicibornes” (bicycle assembly and repair stations) have been set up at both ends of terminal for the use of employees and passengers.

Next steps

ADM plans to further develop and enhance its efforts to promote sustainable transportation.

First, the carpooling solution, which previously was available to ADM employees only, has been extended to everyone working at the airport. To encourage people to use it, random draws for fuel gift cards are being held every three months among those registered.

ADM is also continuing talks with the STM regarding the possible introduction of a second east-west public transit corridor in order to improve service to and from the airport for passengers as well as employees.

Finally, an interactive map of facilities for bicyclists will soon be posted to the ADM website.

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