Hesitation is expensive: Adopt the latest Quebec tram decree without further delay

Prime Minister,

From the outset, we see the resemblance to a situation experienced almost a year ago: the concern to see again the construction of the Quebec tram delayed, even in danger.

Already, the imperative to equip the Quebec City metropolitan area with a streetcar as the backbone of a structured public transportation network remains as valid as ever. To date, the tram is the best solution to meet the mobility needs of the region, both today and for the next 50 years.

The widening of the blue line of the Montreal Metro will have taken more than 30 years to complete, much to the dismay of users, among others. Let’s make sure right now that the Quebec tram, whose first opportunity and feasibility study dates back to 2003, is not as lucky. As we have already seen the effect of arrears on the total bill in recent years, it goes without saying that the fiscal pressure of the three levels of government will remain minimal by acting now.

The tests are already done. Entrepreneurs, financial institutions, environmental groups, urban planning experts and education representatives have often mobilized to express with one voice the urgency of acting and the importance of leadership in their government in the Quebec tram file. These voices are in addition to those of some 20,000 citizens who have clearly expressed their support for the project, as part of the J’ai ma passe campaign.

Despite the expected cost increases due to delays, the federal government has reaffirmed its firm intention to do its fair share. In addition, the aftermath of the pandemic still requires rapid investment to revitalize our economy. What’s more, your government is committed to investing heavily in public transportation as part of the 2030 Green Economy Plan, which is underway, while several large-scale projects are announced in Montreal and other parts of Quebec. .

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In addition, the establishment of a structuring network of public transport opens up multiple opportunities for economic development associated with residential densification and the emergence of a diversified and attractive urban fabric. There are already more than $ 1.5 billion in commercial and residential investments awaiting the launch of tram works.

Citizens of the Quebec region, both in the central neighborhoods and in the suburbs, need a structuring public transportation system with a solid backbone. Obviously, it will be wise to plan new phases quickly to improve the network, but we only have one chance to build the backbone.

Therefore, we would like to reaffirm our desire for the Quebec City tram to be lifted without further delay in a call for proposals, so that it can see the light of day. Above all, we ask you to show the leadership you have become accustomed to by putting your foot down on the accelerator and making the project materialize, for the benefit of the people.

Rest assured, Prime Minister, of our sincere cooperation.

Jean-Marc Fournier

CEO

Quebec Institute of Urban Development

Yvon Charest

President

I have my pass

Karl Blackburn

President and CEO

Quebec Business Council

Diane Dery

Director of the company

Lluís Grou

Strategic advisor in higher education, philanthropy and public relations, and former director general of Cégep Limoilou

Steve Lavoie

President and CEO

Quebec Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Veronique Mercier

General Manager – Quebec

Quebec Construction Association

Luke Paradise

Lawyer

Morency – Law Office

Denis Ricard

President and CEO

iA Financial Group

France Rodrigue

Vice-Rector for Real Estate and Contracting

Beneva

Nathalie Roussin

President

Roussin Properties Ltd.

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