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 The Caisse de dépôt et placement will also look into the third link

Patrick Lauzon Getty Images The Caisse de dépôt et placement has also received a mandate from the government to look into a third link between the two shores, in the Quebec region.

The Caisse de dépôt et placement (CDPQ) will not only analyze a public transportation scenario for Quebec City; she also received a mandate from the government to look into a third link between the two shores.

In a letter from the Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, sent to the Caisse de dépôt and of which The Canadian Press obtained a copy, it is indicated that CDPQ Infra will have to recommend solutions which will make it possible to “identify a structuring transport project allowing improve public transportation for the City of Quebec [and] improve mobility and fluidity in the Metropolitan Community of Quebec, particularly between the two shores.”

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    On Monday, the Caisse indicated that it accepted the government's mandate “to analyze the current and projected mobility of the entire Metropolitan Community of Quebec (CMQ), for all modes of transport combined.” It is indicated that CDPQ Infra will base itself on existing studies to carry out its analysis.

    Two weeks ago, the government of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) rejected the proposal of the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand , an $8.4 billion tramway.

    The Minister of Transport then announced that she would give the mandate to CDPQ Infra to find the best public transport project for Quebec City. At that time, the third link had not been mentioned.

    The government was increasingly cautious about the tram project due to the explosion in costs.

    The return of the third link


    Less than 24 hours after his crushing defeat in Jean-Talon against the Parti Québécois last month, Prime Minister François Legault took everyone by surprise by announcing that he wanted to consult the population of Quebec about the third link and that all options were on the table.

    This about-face came a few months after the Minister of Transport announced the abandonment of the highway component of the project in favor of a tunnel reserved for public transport.

    In Minister Guilbault's office, it is indicated that the consultation on the third link will be done in parallel with the CDPQ Infra analysis. Its terms should also be known very soon.

    While the government until very recently favored the scenario of a tunnel – or a twin tube –, the idea of ​​a bridge between Quebec and Lévis was mentioned by the Prime Minister in October.

    Two weeks ago, Le Soleil published a survey indicating that only 9% of Quebecers still believe that the CAQ will make the third link.

    Teilor Stone

    By Teilor Stone

    Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116