Does A Sustainable Development Concept Bring A Change In Transport Planning? The Case Of The Implementation Of Three Major Infrastructures In Montreal
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J.-P. Thouez, P. André & Y. Bussière
In recent years, with a new awareness that almost every development topic relates in some way to sustainability, transportation is likely to be on the top of the list. Discerning strategies to reduce automobile usage to promote walking, public transit use and reduce the amount of daily travel that we all need to do are a key challenge for more liveable and sustainable communities. This paper examines the environmental impact reports and the public reaction to three transportation infrastructures in the region of Montreal. The debate surrounding these projects questioned the interdependency between transportation and land-use, the need for new expressways versus transit supportive systems. Efforts to manage urban growth and transportation in a sustainable way will require well structured public debates and a real regional operating structure shared by the stakeholders. Keywords: sustainable development, transport planning, public participation, environmental assessment, Montreal. 1 Introduction Transportation systems have been a powerful force in determining the shape and character of cities since the mid-nineteenth century. Today our urban
sustainable development, transport planning, public participation, environmental assessment, Montreal.