If elected, Québec Solidaire (QS) has promised to add 38 new metro stations by 2030, including Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante’s Pink Line.
This is not the first sweeping proposal made by the sovereignist democratic socialist party, which has already called for free university level education, and half-price public transit.
The vow to add 38 new metro stations, which is a 50% increase from the current number, comes with a $10 billion price tag towards transport infrastructure.
Each current line would receive at least one new extension, the blue line receiving five new stops. The bulk of the extension would occur along the proposed pink line, which would add up to 28 stations.
The pink line has caused quite a stir during this election period, with the current government of the parti libéral du Québec (PLQ) seemingly open to exploring the option, the QS completely endorsing it, the coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and parti québécois (PQ) having spoken out strongly against the idea.
Transit has been a hot topic this year when it comes to Montreal’s development. The proposals for a REM network, water taxi routes and extension of the Blue Line have all come in response to public dissatisfaction surrounding urban gridlock and unnecessarily long commute times.
Seeing as there is very little chance that Québec Solidaire will achieve a majority this term, Montreal commuters may need to wait a while before seeing these ambitious transit plans come to fruition.
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