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The Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Geneviève Guilbault, has officially mandated CDPQ Infra, a subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, to define a structuring transport project for the Quebec region. The fluidity between the banks, including the highway component of the third link between Quebec and Lévis, will be studied.

This spring, Geneviève Guilbault nevertheless affirmed that there is no data which would justify the establishment of a motorway tunnel between the two banks.

Almost two weeks after the scrapping of the Quebec City tramway project, the minister asks the CDPQ Infra to look at two aspects: define a structuring transport project allowing to improve public transportation for Quebec City and improve mobility and fluidity in the Metropolitan Community of Quebec, particularly between the two shores.

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Approximately half a billion dollars have already been invested in the tram project. (Archive photo)

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The costs of the mandate remain unknown. The Fund will have six months to find one or more solutions that will meet these two objectives.

This schedule will begin as soon as all studies are transmitted to CDPQ Infra. Maxime Roy, director of communications for Geneviève Guilbault's office, replies that this will be done shortly.

For the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, the countdown has officially begun, emphasizing that everything is already available. He wants results no later than May 20. He also asks the government to commit not to add more delays after receipt of the CDPQ report.

Is the x27;idea of ​​having a regional vision is good? The answer is yes, admits the mayor at a press conference. But that cannot be a pretext for being told in four to five months that it will be more complicated and it will take longer to do a bigger project and that Quebec City will wait.

Comments that the City had requested to be added to the mandate when a version of the document was presented to it on Friday remained absent from the final version.

The Fund immediately indicated by means of a press release that it accepted the mandate entrusted to it.

The President and CEO of CDPQ Infra, Jean-Marc Arbaud, emphasizes that all the experience and expertise of his teams will be put to use in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility (MTMD) and the City of Quebec.

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The CEO of CDPQ Infra, Jean-Marc Arbaud, during the inauguration of the REM (Archive photo)

In addition to basing itself on existing studies, the Caisse affirms that it will also make its own evaluation of travel hubs, development objectives and development policies of cities concerned by the mandate to finally offer its transport solutions.

She also shows her openness to being entrusted with the realization, management or financing of the resulting projects. This type of subsequent mandate must still be subject to the process provided for in the framework agreement between the CDPQ and the government of Quebec.

The mayor of Quebec wishes to work as equals with the Caisse subsidiary and the government. If not, they will find me on their way, he warned.

He also hopes that CDPQ Infra will be sufficiently neutral in its analysis not to favor the implementation of a technology similar to REM. I leave with the confidence that they will be objective and that they have no interest in their solution, indicates Bruno Marchand.

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