Bruno Marchand warned the Legault government that the voice of the City of Quebec must be heard in the debate on the third link megaproject.
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“Our role is to defend the citizens of Quebec. We will take all the means that are necessary to be heard and to demonstrate the concern of the citizens, ”mentioned the mayor of Quebec, Thursday morning, in an impromptu press.
The latter notably cited the issue of hoppers (tunnel exits) on the North Shore as well as that of the urban sprawl that the tunnel could cause.
While recognizing that the Legault government has the ability to move forward with its 3and link without his agreement, Mr. Marchand however warned that “the voice of Quebec [la municipalité] must be heard” and that the government “would make life difficult” if it did not take his advice into account.
Desired “heavy” mode of transport
Bruno Marchand also repeated on Thursday his interest in a “heavy” mode of public transport inside the planned tunnel.
“Whether it’s a metro or a tram, if there were a link from city center to city center, it takes heavy public transport that makes it possible to move quickly, smoothly and with great frequency and good comfort,” he insisted.
New “twin-tube” version of the Québec-Lévis tunnel.
For his part, the mayor of Lévis, Gilles Lehouillier, admitted that the agreement of his Quebec counterpart for the 3and link is “highly desirable” for the project to achieve social acceptability.
Last week, on the airwaves of FM93, the Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, affirmed that his government would go ahead with the megaproject, with or without the support of Ottawa and the mayor of Quebec.
“In Perfect Harmony”
On the other hand, and despite their tangible disagreement on the issue of the 3and link, the mayors of Quebec and Lévis assured, Thursday, to be “in perfect harmony” to improve the public transport service for the citizens of the two shores.
Wednesday afternoon, the two men also had a one-on-one about this issue.
Photo Taieb Moalla
Despite their disagreement on the issue of the third link, the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, and the mayor of Lévis, Gilles Lehouillier, showed their good understanding, Thursday, concerning the improvement of public transport on both shores.
“It is not because we have different visions on urban sprawl that we are not able to agree and discuss together”, advanced Mayor Marchand.
According to him, “it costs $140 a month [144,25 $ en fait] currently for someone who takes a bus pass in Lévis and who needs buses from Quebec. It’s not realistic. It does not make sense. Our interest is to say: “how do we reduce this?” »
As discussions continue between the two parties, the mayor of Quebec did not want to say what the “reasonable” cost would be for a metropolitan pass.
—With the collaboration of Jean-Luc Lavallée
what they said
“It’s not a wish [la fusion des deux Sociétés de transport de Québec et de Lévis]. This may be the result of several successful approaches that will yield gains. »
—Bruno Marchand, Mayor of Quebec.
“ It’s the perfect harmony between Mr. Marchand and me. We don’t have any particular problem. There may be different approaches on the vision of urban sprawl, but, in reality, there is no conflict between us, on the contrary. »
—Gilles Lehouillier, Mayor of Lévis