Public transportation: “a grand challenge of society.”

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
The minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, and the mayor of Québec, Régis Labeaume, spoke on Monday, in Laval, on the occasion of a luncheon conference of the organization Path Quebec.

The achievement of reduction targets of greenhouse gas emissions in Quebec goes only by “massive investments” in transit, according to the president of the Union of municipalities of Quebec, Alexandre Cusson. The minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, admits, however, that this shift required is a ” grand societal challenge “.

“The reality is the following : if we want to achieve our targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, it must first address the first charge of the carbon footprint of Québec : road transport,” said Mr. Cusson, Monday, during a speech given in the context of a breakfast meeting of the body Trajectory, Quebec.

According to the most recent balance sheet of the emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Quebec, the transport (road, air, rail and inland waterways) represent not less than 43 % of all emissions in Quebec. The emissions from this sector have also risen 21.9 % since 1990.

“This is why the priority should be given to public transport. Without a serious stroke of the bar, without a modal shift important to the car solo in the transit, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to effectively combat the global warming, ” insisted Alexandre Cusson, thus echoing a message focused for several years by the environmental groups.

A few weeks of the presentation of the first budget of the government of François Legault, the president of the Union of municipalities of Quebec calls for ” massive investments in public transit and new infrastructure, and this, throughout Quebec, in all regions of Québec “.

Challenge of company

Given the fact that transport is weighing more and more heavily in the balance of GHG in Quebec, is that we can talk about a failure in reducing emissions in the sector ?

“It is a great challenge to society to ensure to bring a change of course for this is people who use their car day after day,” replied Monday, the minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, in press. According to him, there is a need therefore to increase the supply of public transport’, but also work on issues of comfort, time and costs.”

Mr. Bonnardel has also pointed out that the new government caquiste has “lots of projects” on the table, including the Network express metropolitan (REM), the extension of the blue line of the Montreal metro (subway) and the Network structure of public transportation in the Quebec city region.

“I want a vision that will touch Quebec for 20, 30 or 40 years. It must think big and we need to see far “, he added, while promising to “think of the user” pourinciter citizens to opt for public transit in their daily commute.

Mr. Bonnardel has just admitted that due to the “popularity” of the Montreal metro, ” there is some saturation at some peak hours. But I think the REM will help, as the blue line and the BRT [bus rapid] on Pie-IX “.

That is the project of the ” rose-line “, dear to the mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plant ? “This is not a priority in the short, medium and long term for our government,” replied the minister.

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