Tramway project off the rails

Tramway project off the rails

Quebec City (Quebec) September 16, 2014 – There has been a lot of talk in the last few years about having a tramway in  Quebec City as a mode of transport both for local residents as well as for tourists, and up until now, things seemed to be rolling along fairly positively.

There is a study going on presently as to how much the whole project would cost and it appears as if it may be getting up into the $3 billion mark – already $1 billion over the original plan.

Things have suddenly changed lately as it was announced this week by the Minister of Labour, Sam Hamad, that because of the government’s present budget restrictions,  the tramway project would have to be put on hold for the time being.

Mayor Régis Labeaume, who is an avid supporter of the tramway, agreed with the minister stating that there was no money in the pot for a tramway in the near future and that although the project is not necessarily dead, it’s been put on the back burner.

There are more important things on the table for the moment that can help public transportation more than a tramway, according to the two politicians.

Suggestions have been made to enlarge Henri IV Boulevard for a bus or car pool lane, or have more reserved lanes for buses in the city, both of which would apparently be more useful than a tramway.

The results of the study for the tramway are due out in December but, it appears as if the actual money available would be better spent on more realistic projects.

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