Besides having the best public transportation system in Canada, Montreal has just been named as one of the top cities in North America for sustainable transit.
According to a new report from the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Mobility Index, Montreal ranks as the fourth greenest transportation city in North America.
The report ranked 100 cities based on three main pillars (People, Planet, and Profit), which are broken up further into 23 criteria including:
- Air pollution
- Access to multiple transport modes
- Active commuting
- Bike infrastructure
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- Public transit affordability
“Montreal is striving to become the North American leader in transportation electrification and sustainable mobility by 2020 by leveraging partnership opportunities with the private sector and state-controlled institutional investors,” notes the report.
New York, San Francisco, and Vancouver ranked as the top three most sustainable cities for green transport in North America. Toronto, placed ninth.
The top five cities on the global ranking were Hong Kong, Zurich, Paris, Seoul and Prague.
Montreal ranked 36th. No major Canadian city (Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver) placed in the top 20 spots in global rankings.
The report notes that Europe “dominates” the list.
“Of the top ten places, seven are taken by European cities. Many of these European cities benefit from established and well-used metro networks such as London’s Underground, strong bicycle infrastructure in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, and high shares of commuters using public rather than private transport,” states the report.
“European cities are also environmentally conscious, with incentives to lower emissions reflected in cleaner air and greener mobility systems.”