The insertion of the tram in the area of the Saint-Charles-Garnier college, in Saint-Sacrement, strongly divided the population of Quebec. No consensus was reached Wednesday evening during the workshop organized by the City of Quebec to weigh the pros and cons of the three scenarios considered.
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A hundred people, including a majority of residents of the area, were divided on several tables.
They debated the various scenarios described from the outset as “imperfect” by the Marchand administration.
Scenario 1 provides for the establishment of a shared street in the sector with reduced vehicle speed.
Scenario 2 assumes the removal of the tramway station which should normally be built in front of the college.
Scenario 3 would remove cars altogether on a short stretch of René-Lévesque Boulevard.
Throughout the citizen interventions, scenario 1 of the shared street seemed, all the same, to gather a small majority of support.
Even if this is the scenario that provides for the most tree felling (32 in all), several have defended it by explaining that it is “a good compromise” between the tramway and road traffic.
Scenario 3 of the removal of automobile lanes also had followers. “If it can mess with the cars, so much the better,” said one of his supporters.
Less popular, scenario 2 of the withdrawal of a tram station was nevertheless defended by a few people who saw it as an acceptable “compromise” for a better insertion of the tram.
Regardless of the preferred option, the issue of through traffic came up regularly in the interventions.
Several residents have said they fear a significant increase in traffic on the streets perpendicular to René-Lévesque Boulevard with the advent of the tramway.
Some speakers also made a point of saying that they were opposed to the tramway and that they preferred a metro.
The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, attended part of the evening. He gave a short speech in which he admitted “there is no easy choice”, but that we have “the collective genius” which will make it possible to make the right choices.
The Marchand administration will wait until the end of the online consultation – from April 22 to May 8 – before announcing the scenario it prefers.
Earlier in the day, Mayor Marchand met with his counterpart from Lévis, Gilles Lehouillier. According to a summary report, we learned that there was talk of improving public transport service to citizens and fare integration of the two transport companies.