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Quebec Solidaire’s $47B transit plan for Montreal is probably not lifelike, specialists say

If elected, Québec Solidaire needs to overtake public transit in Montreal, with a $47-billion plan that would come with constructing a brand new Purple Line for the Metro and lengthening the Inexperienced and Orange strains.

That will imply including greater than 30 kilometers of latest tracks to the prevailing Metro community.

It is a part of what the occasion has dubbed its “transportation revolution.” If accomplished, it could be the largest undertaking of its sort in Quebec for the reason that metropolis’s subway system first opened greater than 55 years in the past — simply in time for Expo 67.

The Purple Line would go from downtown Montreal to japanese Laval, passing by Rivière-des-Prairies, Montreal-Nord, Rosemont and Plateau-Mont-Royal.

The Orange Line would lengthen to western Laval. The Inexperienced Line could be prolonged to the japanese a part of the Mercier neighborhood.

However there are questions in regards to the plan’s feasibility and whether or not its present $47-billion price ticket is affordable, provided that such a undertaking might take a long time to finish and the price might balloon within the meantime.

This is what else is within the QS plan:

  • Three tramway networks: One working from Lachine to Pointe-aux-Trembles, with “antennas” north of town in Terrebonne and Repentigny, one other working north-south alongside Lacordaire Boulevard and the third being constructed alongside Taschereau Boulevard on Montreal’s South Shore.

  • Constructing a hyperlink between the REM community and the Dorval practice station.

  • 100 kilometers value of reserved bus lanes plus one other 100 kilometers for fast bus service.

WATCH | Nadeau-Dubois sits down with CBC to speak about Montreal transit plan:

Québec Solidaire defends huge $47B transit plan

In an interview with CBC Montreal’s Matt D’Amours, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois says a Québec Solidaire authorities would take daring steps to struggle local weather change.

QS Co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has stated he needs the whole undertaking to be accomplished in about 20 years.

By comparability, the Metro’s Blue Line extension, which is barely about six kilometers lengthy, has been on the desk for greater than three a long time and remains to be nowhere close to near being accomplished.

“It must go sooner as a result of we’re in a local weather emergency,” Nadeau-Dubois instructed CBC Information when requested about his occasion’s transit plans for Montreal. “We have to begin now. We’d like a daring imaginative and prescient to see the place we need to go in 2030, 2035, 2045, 2050.”

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This map illustrates Québec Solidaire’s public transit plan for the Montreal space. Traces which might be darkish purple, darkish orange and darkish inexperienced characterize proposed additions or extensions to town’s Metro system. (Courtesy of Quebec Solidarity)

Doubts about Purple Line

Sustained demand for transit is vital for a large-scale enterprise like constructing a Metro station, in keeping with Lancelot Rodrigue, a graduate analysis assistant at McGill College’s faculty of city planning.

Assuming the Purple Line could be underground, Rodrigue says it could be the most costly a part of the QS transit plan and lengthening a Metro line all the best way to japanese Laval does not sound like a worthwhile funding.

“Going to areas such because the east of Laval, you do not have the density of the inhabitants there for the time being and sure for the long run as effectively due to all of the agricultural land round it,” he stated.

Each 5 years, the province conducts the Origin-Vacation spot survey — a examine that appears at how folks get round on foot, by bicycle, bus, Metro, practice and automobile in and round Montreal. The final survey was performed in 2018.

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Lancelot Rodrigue, a graduate analysis assistant at McGill College’s faculty of city planning, stated he does not imagine extending a Metro line to the japanese part of Laval is value the price. (Lancelot Rodrigue/LinkedIn)

Rodrigue says any public transit plan of the long run have to be based mostly on the information that may come from subsequent yr’s survey.

“Any sort of proposition for the time being is a little more based mostly on earlier patterns, and proper now we have to replace them to verify … they make sense based mostly on the place individuals are truly going post-COVID,” he stated.

Rodrigue additionally has doubts in regards to the usefulness of a Purple Line that may be anchored in downtown Montreal. An increasing number of, he says, Montrealers must go from one finish of town to the opposite for work and college, with no actual want for a detour downtown.

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Nathalie Drouin, a undertaking administration professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, says placing a price ticket on such an enormous public transit undertaking is untimely. (College of Quebec in Montreal)

All that for less than $47B?

The occasion says it is checked out varied public transit tasks to provide you with its estimated complete price ticket for the work on the Metro community.

Nathalie Drouin, a undertaking administration professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, says it is too early for anybody to know if the estimated value is lifelike. She says tasks of this scope are sure to run into hurdles that make them dearer.

Ideally, she stated, politicians are supposed to stay to laying out tips for tasks and let specialists decide their designs and value tags.

“Mega tasks are huge puzzles,” Drouin stated.

“It does not imply that we will not give a variety of what it [could] value. However now we have to grasp that, most likely, what we’re saying as we speak will not be precisely what it would value tomorrow.”

Since 2018, the estimated value of the Blue Line extension has gone from $3.9 billion to $6.4 billion.

Concerning Québec Solidaire’s $47-billion determine, Nadeau-Dubois acknowledges that the designs for his occasion’s proposal can change and so can its price ticket.

“It is only a matter of [having the] honesty to say it. However we wished to say to Quebecers: ‘That is the cash we’re prepared to take a position. That is the kind of ambition now we have.'”

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