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Sustainable Development

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Sustainable development is in our DNA. Our public service plays a role in protecting the planet every day by transporting thousands of people. But more than that, we make a consistent effort to be environmentally friendly in everything that we do.
The RTL’s main contribution to saving the environment relates to the very foundation of its operations, namely the modernization and electrification of its buses.

But the RTL takes it one step further by doing a number of things every day to save the environment.




The RTL did not wait for sustainable development to be “in”. Its list of concrete realizations is impressive and certain exist for several years! 
We encourage our employees
RTL employees are encouraged to drop their single-use masks in the recycling boxes located in our various buildings and garages. The masks are processed and turned into convertible materials by a specialized Québec firm and later used to manufacture new products. This initiative prevents the 10,000 procedure masks used each week by our employees from ending up in the trash.

Here are some examples of our recent achievements:

We recycle
Number of vehicle batteries recovered/recycled:
2018: 517
2019: 484
Number of tires recycled:
2018: 849
2019: 952

Scrap metal recycled:
2018: 59,480 kg
2019: 132,165 kg
We’re changing our habits

Use of eco-friendly soap:

  • Use of eco-friendly soap in our bus wash system:
    • 2018: 1,025 L
    • 2019: 1,640 L
  • Use of eco-friendly soap to clean the insides of buses:
    • 2018: 615 L
    • 2019: 390 L
Going paperless:
The paratransit service has started digitizing its users’ paper files. In 2019, 15% of files were available in electronic format.
We encourage our employees

Charging stations are available to employees with electric vehicles:
  Hours of use Number of uses Number of users
2017 3 175 695 15
2018 5 457 1 219 21
2019 9 691 1 781 51
Our bus fleet

The first electric buses will arrive over the next few months—another step toward the electrification of our entire fleet.





Mobilization and implication
The mobilization and the implication of its personnel and its representatives are essential to implement sustainable development.
Some examples:
  • Steps taken to mobilize its personnel
  • Steps taken to reinforce the notion of imputability
  • Innovative initiatives in work relations

Steps taken must contribute to the social and economic development of the Longueuil agglomeration while respecting the environment.

Some examples :
  • Completing projects according to the strategic plan in place
  • Involved in the territory’s development, road network and road traffic
  • Improvement of the quality and the comfort of public transit services
  • Improvement of information tools for the customers
  • Initiatives in sustainable mobility
Protection of the environment
To achieve sustainable development, protection of the environment must be an integral part of the activities.
Some examples:
  • Programs to optimize the use of resources
  • Energy saving programs
  • Alternative propulsion modes
  • Use of alternative and renewable sources of energy
  • Recovery and recycling programs
Measures to encourage training, updating skills as well as developing human resources must be a priority in order to stimulate creativity and assure effectiveness and efficiency in the operations in order to achieve sustainable development.
Some examples:
  • Training programs to update skills
  • Training programs pertaining to the implementation of new technologies
  • Steps to renew the workforce
Health, safety and prevention
Protecting the health and safety of people are the main preoccupation with respect to sustainable development. When a risk is known, the necessary steps must be taken to prevent, to reduce and to correct the situation.
Some examples:
  • Programs and preventive actions in health and safety
  • Corrective actions to increase safety in the operations
Equity and accessibility
Sustainable development actions must be taken keeping in mind equity while assuring accessibility and equality in employment opportunities.
One example:
  • Implementation of the equal access program
Reaching financial sustainability

Steps taken must assure its financial sustainability.

Some examples:
  • Involved in improving the Quebec policies concerning public transit
  • Involved in improving public transit assistance programs
  • Involved in reviewing the metropolitan financial perspectives
  • Initiatives to generate savings with respect to RTL’s activities