The RTL supported more than 1,350 jobs and invested over $156 million in the Quebec economy in 2013
ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF PUBLIC TRANSIT COMPANIES IN QUEBEC
Longueuil, November 4, 2014 – The Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) unveiled the results of a major study on the economic impacts of its member companies that serve the largest cities in the province: Montreal, Quebec, Lévis, Laval, Longueuil, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, and Sherbrooke. This study clearly demonstrates that public transit is a stimulus for the Quebec economy and a commercial driving force that creates tens of thousands of quality jobs and injects billions of dollars into the economy of the province.
Among other things, the study reveals that in 2013, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) supported 1,089 direct jobs and 264 indirect jobs, for a total of 1,353 jobs.
The RTL’s activities created wealth:
• By injecting more than $156 million in the Quebec economy, thereby generating an added value of over $116 million (contribution to Quebec’s gross domestic product);
• By generating revenues of approximately $24 million for the Government of Quebec and of nearly $9 million for the Federal Government.
Overview of all Public Transit Companies
More broadly, in 2013, the activities of all public transit companies in Quebec had a positive economic impact because:
• They supported 16,831 direct and 4,140 indirect jobs (person-years);
• Together, the nine companies invested more than $2.5 billion in the Quebec economy;
• They generated $366.1 million in tax revenues for the Government of Quebec and $129.5 million for the Federal Government.
“Public transit is an essential part of urban development. In Longueuil, besides the fact that it allows citizens to rely on an accessible and inexpensive alternative for transportation, it contributes to our region’s attractiveness and ability to compete with other regions. It also helps reduce traffic, and, by extension, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which has a positive impact on public health and quality of life. Public transit also helps to improve the road safety record. Finally, it is an important driving force for economic activities, as demonstrated by this broad study implemented by the ATUQ,” underlined Colette Éthier, president of the RTL’s Management Board.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is the main player in the transportation of people in the five cities that make up the Longueuil agglomeration. It is the third largest company of its kind in Quebec, and makes over 35 million trips annually. With approximately 1,085 employees, the RTL is a major employer and thus contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
It is involved in its community and ensures its place as an integral part of the lives of individuals and the community by providing effective and innovative solutions tailored to the changing needs of customers. The RTL is thus committed to improving quality of life and makes this its priority.
About the ATUQ
The ATUQ represents the nine public transit companies in Quebec that serve the largest cities in the province: Montreal, Quebec City, Lévis, Laval, Longueuil, Gatineau, Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, and Sherbrooke. They alone account for over 90% of the public transit trips made in Quebec, which reached 558 million trips in 2013 for regular transit, plus 5.6 million paratransit trips. The ATUQ is a coordinating body as well as a public and political representation organization, which assures the promotion of public transport and positions its member companies as key players in the implementation of sustainable development and mobility.
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Association du transport urbain du Québec - 514 758-6444
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Public Affairs Advisor
Réseau de transport de Longueuil - 450 442-8600, extension 8145