- Photos of the new Quebec City tram, the Réseau Structurant, were released and it has us excited for the future of public transit in our province.
- It seems as though soon enough all of Quebec will have reliable public transit networks!
- Get all the details below!
The future of public transit in the province of Quebec is looking brighter than ever. Thanks to projects in Montreal like the REM and the Blue Line extension, Quebec politicians are making efforts to fast-track investment into transit networks across the province. The new Quebec City tram, the Réseau Structurant, is just one of these incredible projects that are currently underway. Renderings from the Réseau have us excited about the potential for transit investments in not only the major cities but across the whole province.
The project was greenlit this summer after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government would help fund the project. The project is expected to cost $3.3 billion with funding from federal, provincial, and municipal governments.
To help get the project off the ground, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante transferred $800 million of her city's share of federal infrastructure funding. In exchange for this contribution, the provincial government agreed to help fund Montreal's future Pink Line tramway.
The province's two largest cities will soon be connected like never before. Montreal's many other projects include a proposed extension of the Yellow Line.
For other cities across Quebec, the future is looking brighter than ever for transit projects to take shape.
Quebec City's tramway will be completed in 2026. It aims to take over 10,000 cars off the road and will remove 150,000 tonnes of CO2 over 15 years.
At 23-kilometres, it won't be anywhere near the scale of Montreal's network. Still, the tramway will connect Quebec City's west and east ends in an under-40 minute trip.
For those who have spent any time in Quebec City, you know that this tramway is an absolute necessity. With service from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., Quebec City residents will finally have an efficient public transit system that they can rely on.
The city used to have a tramway until it was decommissioned in 1948. Since then, the city has had to rely on a sometimes sketchy bus network. The tramway will service some 140,000 residents and will make getting around the city a breeze.
Much like the REM in Montreal, Quebec City's tramway will be fully integrated into the city's infrastructure. 35 stations will be handicap accessible and 26 stations will be directly connected to the city's bike path network.
Along with integration, Quebec City will add another 7 bus lines to their network and open a new 'trambus' - an articulated electric bus route that will run the 15-kilometre east-west portion of the lower city.
Montreal and Quebec City will not be the same once their public transit projects are fully operational. It's an exciting time to live in Quebec!
Stay tuned for more public transit news from Montreal and across the province right here on MTL Blog!