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Back to the future for sustainable mobility in Quebec City

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Québec, June 12, 2024 - Équiterre is thrilled by the findings of the report tabled today by CDPQ Infra, which recommends that a new tramway be built, and calls on the government to finally implement the project.

"In the end, the government made the right choice in handing the study over to CDPQ Infra. It's a serious, credible report that validates existing data. We agree with it in many respects,"

-Marc-André Viau, Équiterre’s Director of Government Relations

"Let’s not forget thatCDPQ Infra is a non-political organization, which has just confirmed that the projected tramway project, to be built on a new 28 km line, will be the backbone of the best possible project, in the best possible location," he adds.

Now ball is in the government’s court

Équiterre is also delighted to note that CDPQ Infra is already suggesting additional lines that will bring improvements to Quebec City's network structure. It also confirms the potential of similar modes in other areas, such as BRT on Charest Boulevard or Guillaume-Couture Boulevard , which will connect to the tramway line. A recommended cross-river link dedicated to mass transit is another pleasant surprise.

"The Circuit intégré de transports express (CITÉ) plan proposed by CDPQ Infra is a real step forward in achieving more sustainable, efficient and integrated mobility for the people of Québec and Lévis. Given this report, the government needs to stop dithering and speed things up by actually building this network," explains Marc-André Viau.

"CDPQ Infra has delivered on its mandate. Now, it's up to the government. We invite it to focus its efforts on the central aspect of the report, such as sustainable mobility, rather than focusing its energy and political capital on a hypothetical highway link, which, by the way, is not recommended by CDPQ Infra as an effective way of reducing congestion in the region," he adds.

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