QS would inject nearly $13 billion into “Québec-Rail” and “Québec-Bus”

QS would inject nearly $13 billion into «Québec-Rail

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MONTREAL – Québec solidaire, which criticizes the CAQ for promising a 3rd bond at 6.5 billion without studies, proposes to invest, without more studies, more than $10 billion in the creation of five electric train connections between Quebec, Montreal, Matane, Sherbrooke and Gatineau.  

The co-spokesperson for the left-wing party believes that their project would be “achievable in the short and medium term”, that is by 2030. 

According to the details provided by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois during the unveiling of this other part of the “Transportation Revolution” promised by Québec solidaire, an initial investment of nearly $11 billion would be used, among other things, to build, over two mandates, the stations of “Québec-Rail”, a new state-owned company . 

In addition to a few possible bypasses, “we don't have to build new rails,” explained Mr. Nadeau-Dubois, recalling that thousands of kilometers of rail are already underused in Quebec. 

The service offer of the new public entity, which would not be a monopoly, would extend over 1,140 km of rails in total. 

A united government should, however, begin by agreeing with companies such as CN, on certain sections, in order to be able to use their railway rights of way, which are also under federal jurisdiction. 

Asked about the chance of reaching an agreement, Mr. Nadeau-Dubois was optimistic, since the promised investments include upgrading existing infrastructure. 

$2 billion for “ Quebec-Bus»

In regions where there is no rail service, Québec solidaire would deploy “Québec-Bus”, which would set up 11 bus connections, on a canvas totaling more than 4000 kilometers of road (see map). 

The new state-owned company would be responsible for repatriating the more sensitive links, such as Quebec City-Montreal, into its public offer, while private players could continue to offer their services for certain interurban links.   

“If we are serious in our plan and our desire to change Quebec, we must be able to travel all of Quebec easily and without a car,” said the solidarity candidate in Verdun, Alejandra Zaga Mendez, who took part announcement. 

Electric trains

Questioned by journalists, the expert in public transport and candidate for Québec solidaire in the riding of Taschereau, in Quebec, was unable to quantify the cost of an electric locomotive like the one imagined with

According to indications provided by Québec solidaire, these electric trains could reach a speed of 160 km/h, traveling on existing railway rights-of-way. 

“We are not at Génie enherbes today. today. What I am telling you is that the costs have been assessed. The estimate that we made of this whole project is detailed, is serious. If there is a need to provide additional information, we will do so later, ”defended Mr. Grandmont.

“I would like us to ask Mr. Legault the price of his imaginary roadblocks at the next press conference,” added Mr. Nadeau-Dubois, as the question period ended. 

Québec solidaire later clarified that the cost of their project was estimated at between $7 million and $11.7 million per km, an estimate that “includes the purchase of trains and infrastructure (upgrade and laying new tracks), as well as the development of stations.” 

Québec-Bus

Initial investment: $2 billion

11 lines

– Montreal-Rouyn

– Intra Abitibi line

– Lanaudière-Laurentide line

– Line 132

– Montreal-Quebec line

– Sherbrooke-Quebec line

– Quebec line- Saguenay

– Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean line

– Quebec/Sept-Iles line

– Gaspésie line

– Chibougamau (Abitibi-Roberval)

More than 4,000 km of roads covered by the service

Québec-Rail

$10.7 billion

5 lines

– Matane-Quebec

– Quebec-Montreal

– Quebec- Sherbrooke

– Sherbrooke-Montréal

– Montréal Gatineau

1140 km of rails in total

Electric trains that can reach a speed of 160 km/h

Total cost of the measure: $12.7 billion in investments

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