Reject Quebec Metropolis tramway venture, BAPE recommends

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QUEBEC — Quebec Metropolis Mayor Régis Labeaume denounced a report he discovered “truncated, biased and crammed with inconsistencies” from the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement concerning the proposed tramway venture within the provincial capital.

On Monday, the BAPE launched a report of greater than 400 pages during which it recommends rejecting the venture and persevering with to discover different avenues.

Quebec is without doubt one of the few giant cities in Canada with no structural transit system.

“It’s been 40 years that Quebec Metropolis has checked out it,” Labeaume mentioned at a information convention. “There have been 4 feasibility research in 17 years. … They inform us ‘take one other look.’ No. It’s all been checked out.”

Labeaume, who mentioned the venture was based mostly on science and had assist amongst 68 per cent of those that introduced briefs to the BAPE, mentioned the venture would go forward.

Even when the tramway would enhance transit within the metropolis, its skill to optimally reply to the mobility wants of the town was not demonstrated, the BAPE mentioned. It concluded the tramway wouldn’t considerably enhance mobility for individuals within the suburbs nor would it not enhance the proportion of individuals utilizing transit, regardless of $three.three billion in investments. It additionally mentioned the environmental and social advantages could be “unsure” and “restricted.”

The BAPE suggests taking a look at different choices, together with mild rail and bus speedy transit, saying they need to not have been so shortly excluded from consideration.

Quebec’s transport division mentioned it’s analyzing the report and would give an official response this week.