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Origin-Destination Survey: probably no new data for CDPQ Infra

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Origin-destination surveys assess the travel habits of residents of the Quebec region.

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It is unlikely that the Infra subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ Infra) will have access to data from the 2023 Québec-Lévis Origin-Destination Survey as part of its structuring transportation study mandate. , despite what the Ministry and the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility may have conveyed in the media.

The collection of data from the major mobility survey piloted by the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility took place from September to December 2023. The full report will not be revealed until 2025, time to analyze everything.

It would be very surprising if results were published in 2024, even partially. From what I understand, almost 35,000 entries were collected. This data must be processed and then analyzed, writes a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Community of Quebec, another of the partner organizations in the survey.

The Legault government has mandated CDPQ Infra to find the best structuring transportation project for Quebec City.

For its part, the Capital Transport Network (RTC) responds that the results will not be revealed until 2025.

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CDPQ Infra is responsible for finding the best mobility project for the Quebec region

Professor Catherine Morency, who heads the Mobility Chair at Polytechnique Montréal, also doubts that the Caisse will have access to data from 2023. She and her team are also collaborating on the survey.

She explains that there are still several steps to take before the data is ready or can even begin to be analyzed. They must first be validated and weighted to ensure that they are representative. It would surprise me very, very, very much if it were ready by June, concludes Catherine Morency.

There will also be unforeseen challenges to overcome in the processing of data, such as the effect that the teachers' strike could have on it.

The Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Geneviève Guilbault, nevertheless mentioned, from the first day on which CDPQ Infra was mandated, that part of the data from the 2023 survey could possibly be transmitted to the Fund.

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Displacements continue to change. We have a 2023 origin-destination survey which is underway this year at the ministry in 2023, so the part of the data that we will have can be provided to the Fund.

A quote from Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (November 20, 2023)

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The Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Geneviève Guilbault, gave several interviews the day CDPQ Infra received the mandate.

Radio-Canada questioned its department as to whether preliminary data is already available or whether it could be available by June, as suggested the minister.

For several days, MTMD spokespersons did not deviate from the line, affirming that the data from the 2023 origin-destination survey will be transmitted to CDPQ Infra as they become available, if it wishes to obtain them .

Finally on Friday, the ministry admitted that the data is currently in its raw state and that its processing is underway.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">It still leaves some uncertainty surrounding what could be available by June. For the moment, it is early to determine whether analyzes will be completed by June, says a spokesperson.

For the moment, the most Recent Origin-Destination Survey for the region for which data is available dates from 2017, therefore before the pandemic. The report also took two years to prepare and was published in 2019.

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