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Public transport in Quebec is indeed an investment

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The approximately fifty representatives of the local branches affiliated to the Provincial Council of the Terrestrial Transport Sector (CPSTT) of the CUPE attended a provincial council meeting in Saguenay on 27 and 28 May.

“Public transport is a public service, just like health and education services. The funding they receive is not an expense, but an investment in Quebec's economic and environmental future. A full bus saves a significant number of cars on the road, which reduces traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. It is high time that Minister Guilbault recognized the consensus of all the actors who have spoken out on this issue and moved away from her views on the subject,” said CPSTT President Simon Mathura shortly before the meeting.

The organization has called on the Quebec government to assume its responsibility and provide a stable and sustainable source of revenue for public transit in Quebec. It has also made it clear to the government that, as with all other public services, the costs cannot be passed on solely to customers. We must not forget that these services benefit all citizens.

In addition to public transit funding, a major issue in itself, council members discussed a variety of topics, including automation, sharing of services and routes, the numerous pilot projects Quebec transit operators are currently working on, Bills 61 and 62, the impact of artificial intelligence in land transportation, and various occupational health and safety issues.