Eastern REM: Bonnardel calms the game

REM de l’Est : Bonnardel calms things down

François Bonnardel, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Estrie region.

The Eastern REM will not become an object of polarization like the 3rd link, assures the Minister of Transport François Bonnardel. He was reassuring about the provincial government's participation in the project.

“I want to see this project come to fruition, he repeated at a press conference on Wednesday. We must all have a common goal, to improve public transit.”

Minister Bonnardel ensures that a cost-sharing agreement is on the table with the City of Montreal. However, he refuses to specify the shares shared, or the sums involved. “I cannot name the sums exactly, but they are significant, warns Mr. Bonnardel. Montreal will be an important player.”

The tone of the debate is rising concerning the relevance of the section of the REM that will pass through eastern Montreal. In this context, Minister Bonnardel reiterates the relevance of the project. “I think everyone needs to take a small step back,” he shared. We must think of the user. We forget it a little in the debate of the last few days, the one who needs to have an improved public transport offer.

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