Poeti not convinced of merits of rail line on new Champlain

Quebec's new transport minister is dismissing a report concluding that a light rail line is the best public transit option for the new Champlain Bridge.

Robert Poeti says the report under-estimates the cost of putting a rail line on the span and over-estimates the cost of a second option: beefing up bus service between the South Shore and Montreal.

He says the rail link would cost more than $2-billion, while better bus service would come in well under $900-million.

Poeti meets today with officials from the Metropolitan Transit Agency and says he will remind them that the province will be making the choice between rail and buses.

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  1. Paul posted on 05/23/2014 09:45 AM
    This is the type of thinking that got us a bridge that lasted barely 50 years.
    Electric light rail is used all over Europe and works great.
    Let's move Poeti to a different ministry instead.
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