On April 17, Quebec’s Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard announced the government’s Vision 2030, a 12-year strategy to increase sustainable mobility. The official government information is available only in French, here . Information in the English language is available from the Liberal Party of Quebec press release , and a Montreal Gazette report. The government will invest $9.7 billion ($2.9 billion of which is new funding) to provide Quebecers with a 20% reduction in average commuting time, 20% reduction in commuting costs, and access to at least four types of sustainable mobility by 2030 for 70 % of the population. Investments will be made in a light-rail electric train line for Montreal and an extension of the métro’s Blue Line; as well as transit services to Montreal’s suburbs. (The government had already called for tenders for 300 additional hybrid buses for Montreal in January 2018). Future projects also include a tramway system for Quebec City, and transit alternatives for the regions, outside the two main cities. As environmental benefits, the province aims to achieve a 40% reduction in the amount of fuel consumed for transportation, with a 37.5% reduction in transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.
Although the majority of the plan addresses personal transportation, it also sets a goal to increase the goods shipped at ports and intermodal rail terminals by 25%, and promises an increase in the province’s annual sales of transportation equipment from $10 billion to $15 billion.
Premier Couillard is calling the initiative “the James Bay of our era” – referring to the transformative hydro development of the 1970’s.