Canada to provide £743m for Quebec City’s public transit network project
August 23, 2019 – The Government of Canada has announced funding of up to C$1.2bn (£743.3m) for public transit network in Quebec City.
The public transport project, which includes a light-rail line, two BRT lines and dedicated bus lanes, has already received funding commitment of C$1.8bn (£1.1bn) from the Government of Quebec, while Quebec City has agreed to provide C$300m (£185.8m).
Planned to be completed in 2026, the project will include a 23km light-rail line, as well as two tram-bus BRT lines totalling 15km.
Quebec’s Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for the Estrie Region François Bonnardel said: “I am very pleased that the funding for the Quebec city structuring public transit network project is now secured.
“This is an important step, which will enable us to continue with the preparations for this major project for Quebec City.
“The structural network will extend over more than 54km, making travel faster and more efficient for users. It is clear that this project will contribute to Quebec City’s development, and help it to remain on the cutting edge with respect to public transit.”
The project is expected to improve the existing Métrobus lines and involves construction of another 16km line dedicated for bus lanes. Four new park-and-ride lots will also be added.
Additionally, the project includes four hubs to allow passengers to move from one system to another within the transit network as well as two new automated links to ease travel between Lower Town and Upper Town.
Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities François-Philippe Champagne said: “As we have said from the start, we are here for Quebec City. Our major contribution will help Quebec City build a modern, 21st-century public transit system.
“This new infrastructure will enhance access to sustainable means of transport, and make it easier for residents to travel, so they spend less time in traffic and more time with their loved ones. More than ever, we have great hopes for Quebec City, and we are committed to building a greener future for all.”
To improve public transit services, the Canadian Government, through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, has spent more than C$737m ($554m) in 312 projects in Quebec province.