Quebec’s structuring transportation network: Seven organizations put pressure on the Legault government

Quebec’s structuring transportation network: Seven organizations put pressure on the Legault government
Quebec’s structuring transportation network: Seven organizations put pressure on the Legault government

One month before the submission of the conclusions of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) Infra, seven organizations favorable to public transport are already calling on the Legault government to respond “promptly” to future recommendations.

“The countdown ends in a month and the ball will then be in the government’s court to respond promptly to the recommendations of the report,” write Access viable transports, the Regional Environmental Council of the Capitale-Nationale, Équiterre, the David Suzuki Foundation, Quebec wants its tramway, Trajectoire Québec and Vivre en Ville in a press release published Monday morning.

The Quebec government put the tram project on hold in November 2023 and mandated CDPQ Infra to think about the best mobility project for Quebec. The conclusions of this report are expected in June.

Foot on the accelerator

“By June, the government must have finalized its reflection on the method of carrying out and governing the project in order to deliver a structuring network to Quebec without further delay. We have been studying its feasibility for more than two decades, the government simply no longer has the luxury of buying time beyond the month of June,” said Marc-André Viau, director of government relations. of Équiterre.

According to these groups, “the government must put its foot on the accelerator as soon as the report is tabled by committing not to impose any additional delays. The method of implementation and governance of the project must also be determined at the beginning of the summer in order to move forward quickly.

For her part, Marie-Soleil Gagné, general director of Accès transports viables, was keen to point out that “Quebec City is still the only major city in Canada without a structuring network”.

“Crowded metrobuses”

Stéphanie Harnois, of the David Suzuki Foundation, added that “for the users who pile into the crowded Métrobus every morning, it does not matter whether or not the project will be done with the new agency that the minister wants to create. The important thing is that it happens quickly.”

Recalling that “the Quebec tramway project has already been the subject of investments of $500 million”, Christian Savard, general director of Vivre en Ville, declared that “it is the most public transport project achieved in Quebec, and the government’s priority must be to make it a reality, upon receipt of the Caisse’s report. In a month, we have to enter production mode.”

CDPQ Infra recently finished its meeting marathon. The organization is in the process of writing its long-awaited report.

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