The Train de l'Ouest Coalition welcomes the adoption of Bill 38, as an important step towards the completion of the Train de l'Ouest project by 2020

MONTRÉAL, June 12, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Train de l'Ouest Coalition is extremely pleased that the National Assembly of Quebec has adopted Bill 38, authorizing the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to undertake large infrastructure projects on behalf of the Quebec Government. The Train de l'Ouest project now forms part of the mandate of the Caisse, a key development likely to bring the Train de l'Ouest project closer to reality. After devoting many years on this essential project so as to optimize public rail transit between Montreal and the West Island, the Coalition is now able to rely on the proven expertise and financial resources of the major partner that is the Caisse.

''We would like to thank Premier Couillard very specially for his long-term vision in giving this infrastructure mandate to the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ,'' declared Clifford Lincoln, spokesperson for the Train de l'Ouest Coalition. ''We also want to thank the Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitao, and the Minister of Transport, Robert Poëti, for their continuing interest, and their involvement in ensuring the passage of Bill 38. We intend to cooperate closely with the Caisse towards the achievement of the Train de l'Ouest project by 2020.''

''The Train de l'Ouest project is a key priority for the well-being and future of the West Island,'' added Mayor Maria Tutino. Mayor of Baie d'Urfé, who represents the Mayors on the Coalition. ''The Coalition recognizes the importance of a service to the P.E. Trudeau airport in Dorval, but it is essential that priority be given to the Montreal-Sainte Anne de Bellevue corridor, which serves more than 100,000 employees in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors. Indeed, this corridor includes 94% of the employees working in the industrial sector of the West Island. Thanks to the Caisse, the achievement of the Train de l'Ouest project will bring significant benefits to our economy.''

Let us reiterate that the Train de l'Ouest – which means dedicated passenger rail-lines between Montreal and Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – will be able to serve two to three times the current number of commuters, at the same time as providing service to our industrial sites, wqhich have continuously stressed their urgent need for such a service.

SOURCE Coalition du Train de l'Ouest

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