WHAT IS A CITIZENS’ REFERENCE PANEL?
It is a panel of residents who agree to volunteer and represent the interests and perspectives of their community. Reference Panels typically meet over a series of Saturdays to learn about a particular public policy and hear from a range of experts. Panelists then deliberate and work together to develop their preferences and priorities. Finally, panelists make recommendations developed by consensus, which they share with public authorities and legislators.
WHY IS THE ARTM FORMING A CITIZENS’ REFERENCE PANEL?
The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) plays an essential role in guiding the development of the transportation system for the greater metropolitan area of Montréal.
Since its creation in June 2017, the ARTM and its partners have worked on a number of different projects intended to generate quick results for public transit in the region. Projects such as the Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM), the extension of the blue line of the metro, and the implementation of the bus rapid transit service on Pie-IX boulevard will soon be a reality.
As part of its mandate, the ARTM is working to create a Strategic Development Plan for public transit, paratransit and active transportation within the metropolitan area. This plan will offer a vision of mobility that is integrated, seamless and efficient.
The Citizens’ Reference Panel offers residents the opportunity to take part in the development of the ARTM’s first Strategic Development Plan, which will help us to meet the mobility needs of the region for the next 30 years.
The ARTM is looking for volunteers from across the greater metropolitan area of Montréal to form this Reference Panel. 36 residents will be randomly selected to help us determine priorities for the development of the region’s transportation system and make recommendations that will shape the ARTM’s Strategic Development Plan.
WHAT DOES A PANELIST DO?
Members of the Panel will meet over four Saturday sessions between May and June 2019. They will hear from transportation experts to learn about mobility issues in the metropolitan region and implications for different communities that are part of it. Ultimately, Panel members will work together to determine public priorities for the next 30 years for the region’s transportation system, and to present their recommendations to ARTM.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CITIZENS’ REFERENCE PANEL?
In April 2019, 12,500 randomly selected households in the metropolitan region received a letter in the mail inviting them to volunteer for the Citizens’ Reference Panel. If you received this letter, you can respond to this invitation by April 30, 2019 by:
- Calling 1-855-313-3414;
- Registering securely online at artm.quebec/citizens-reference-panel; or
- Mailing the enclosed candidate response card back in the postage-paid envelope.
On May 1, 2019, a draw will be conducted to randomly select members of the Citizens’ Reference Panel from among the respondents to this letter. This random selection process will also ensure that the Panel is balanced to match the gender, age and population profile of the region.
IF I DID NOT RECEIVE AN INVITATION, OR IF I DO NOT GET CHOSEN FOR THE CITIZENS’ REFERENCE PANEL, CAN I STILL BE INVOLVED?
Yes. You can contribute to the process by:
- Following the Reference Panel online at quebec/citizens-reference-panel
- Staying connected with us as we develop the Strategic Development Plan by subscribing to our newsletter, by following our page at facebook.com/artm.quebec, or by visiting www.talkmobility.quebec
You will also have the opportunity to attend any of the public consultation sessions that will be held this fall.