Six environmental organizations and teams lobbying for public transit are calling on the province to cancel a proposed tunnel that might hyperlink Quebec Metropolis to Lévis, citing issues for the atmosphere.
The provincial authorities introduced Monday that Quebec Metropolis could be getting a tunnel linking town’s downtown sector with the close by municipality of Lévis.
The tunnel, which has been dubbed the “third hyperlink,” is projected to price between $7 billion and $10 billion and is slated to be accomplished by 2031.
The coalition of six teams, which calls itself Non au troisième lien and contains the David Suzuki Basis, Équiterre and Vivre en Ville, has launched a petition calling on the province to place an finish to the proposed third hyperlink.
Whereas the federal government has touted the venture as a method to encourage residents to make use of public transit, the coalition says the tunnel would do the precise reverse of that and would truly result in a rise in greenhouse fuel emissions.
“This venture presents itself as a public transit venture however, for us, that is smoke and mirrors,” mentioned Christian Savard, director common of Vivre en Ville, a bunch that promotes sustainable communities.
“It is inexperienced washing, transit washing, of a venture that is basically a freeway.”
The Quebec-Lévis tunnel would include two ranges of three lanes every. One lane in every route would be reserved for public transit and carpooling.
Charles Bonhomme, spokesperson for the David Suzuki Basis, says there are additionally main issues concerning the methods wherein the tunnel may hurt marine wildlife.
“We have now to keep in mind that a tunnel is unhealthy for the atmosphere — even when it is for public transport,” mentioned Bonhomme. “It is unhealthy for wildlife within the St. Lawrence River.”
No present points with bridge visitors, teams say
Whereas the federal government claims the tunnel will ease main visitors points on the Quebec and Pierre Laporte bridges, the coalition says the information merely doesn’t again that up.
In an interview with CBC’s Breakaway Tuesday, Transport Minister François Bonnardel estimated that, by the point the tunnel is totally constructed, between 50,000 and 55,000 folks could be utilizing it every day.
However the coalition estimates that quantity to be someplace between 9,000 and 25,000 folks every day.
“There isn’t a want for this venture,” mentioned Alexandre Turgeon, president of Vivre en Ville. “There are solely 21,000 vehicles between 6 and 9 a.m. coming from the south shore to the north shore, and our two bridges can truly accommodate 30,000 vehicles each morning.”
Quebec Premier François Legault introduced a brand new public transportation community, together with a tunnel to attach Lévis to Quebec Metropolis on Monday. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)
Turgeon believes the true downside is that too many vehicles attempt to journey to Quebec Metropolis throughout the identical 20-minute window each morning, and does not imagine the third hyperlink would resolve that.
If something, he says, the tunnel will simply encourage folks to make use of their vehicles and would subsequently improve visitors and improve city sprawl.
And the coalition says there are already three hyperlinks between Quebec Metropolis and Lévis, should you issue within the ferry that runs between the cities and the 2 bridges.
Funds might be used elsewhere, says coalition
The coalition says the $10-billion price ticket can be a serious difficulty. With that finances, the group says the province may as an alternative construct 978 new faculties, 39 new hospitals and 84,000 social housing items.
“It is actually some huge cash for not that many individuals,” mentioned Marc-André Viau of Équiterre. “I believe there are different wants within the province that the federal government ought to handle, and so they’re not doing so by placing all their eggs in the identical basket.”
However Bonnardel stands by the venture. He says the province’s plan to make all buses electrical by 2025 will make up for greenhouse fuel emission issues.
He added that this venture is the province’s approach of righting previous wrongs.
Bonnardel additionally mentioned he’ll work together with his colleagues to attenuate the enviromental influence and work out methods to stop additional city sprawl.