Linking Quebec city-Montreal: train high frequency does not appeal to Quebec

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The federal government is investigating for a year of “business models” of TGF as well as replacement of the fleet of locomotives and cars in the Windsor-Quebec city corridor.

The minister of Transport, André Fortin, refuses for the moment to give his moral support to the project to train high frequency (TGF) VIA Rail between Quebec and Windsor. “If VIA Rail wants to submit a project which passes by Three Rivers, and that the federal government wants to invest in this project, so much the better,” he simply said in the national Assembly on Wednesday.

 

The interest shown by the prime minister Philippe Couillard in respect of the affair “a modern, sustainable, futuristic” between Montreal and Quebec city — a monorail, high-speed (MGV), for example — has shocked the business people of the Mauricie region. They are concerned to see the draft of the TGF — link including the cities of quebec, Montreal, Three-Rivers and Quebec — derailed.

 

“We ask Quebecers to think with us in a future project, a project that will be good for next year, for the next few years, for the next generations. We, we think in 2050, we do not think it was in 1950, ” said Mr. Fortin.

 

He answered to the elected caquiste Benoit Charette, who accused him of advocating a MGV in order to ensure the link between Quebec city and Montreal at the expense of a TGF, which is “widely documented” in addition to being ” widely supported by the business communities and municipalities “.

 

In effect, the federal government is investigating for a year of “business models” of TGF as well as replacement of the fleet of locomotives and cars in the Windsor-Quebec city corridor by the modern equipment fuel, possibly diesel, and electricity.

 

For the time being, Mr. Fortin refuses to ask Ottawa to support the project financially. “First of all, if the federal government was working on a project for a quick link, we encourage you to give us the deposit,” said his press officer, Marie-Pier Richard, on Wednesday night.

Before any thing, if the federal government was working on a project for a quick link, we encourage you to give us the file
Marie-Pier Richard, press attaché to the minister André Fortin

The realization of the TGF, however, remains a priority in the eyes of the member of parliament for Trois-Rivières, Jean-Denis Girard. “I’m working on a solution feasible in the very short term : train high frequency. It is a tool of economic development very important to Three-Rivers “, he declared to the daily Le Nouvelliste in ten months of the next general election.

 

The monorail : a “dream folichon” ?

 

Professor at Polytechnique Montréal Aurelian Vadean not hold back “not at all” the technology of the MGV to provide ” a link between Montréal and Québec.”

 

“It would be better if we focus on a [agglomeration] with a high-traffic, such as Montreal, before you think to [link] regions,” he explains in an interview with Le Devoir.

 

Together with a group of students, in particular, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal, Mr. Vadean was evaluated in 2011-2012 the feasibility of the project to suspend shuttles the size of a bus to a rail supported by towers that are more than 10 meters.

 

“It has been found that the risks of a financial, economic, are too great. [Should be retained] solution-rehearsed rather than throwing in something that is very original, which will, of course, we bring visibility, but… I don’t think that one is in a situation where you have to take risk too great “, he says.

 

Professor Aurelian Vadean be said, however, prepared to pursue research in order to find a ” solution that exploits the electrical energy “.

 

“This is definitely the way to go. A monorail, which is not suspended, but placed on the rails or in levitation, it can be interesting, ” he suggests to the Duty.

 

The director general of the research Institute on contemporary economics (IREC), Robert Laplante, argues that the MGV is both a transport project carbon neutral, and the structuring of the territory interesting.

 

“This is a project that makes dream a lot, a lot of people… And this is not a dream folichon. It is a dream that would allow them to represent and to live in the territory of a radically new way “, argues the director of the research report “The electrification of public transit : a step toward energy independence of Quebec” (2010). “Just imagine the development of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, if you can do Montreal-Rimouski in two hours. “

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