Quebec

Photo of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard

Premier

Philippe Couillard
Quebec Liberal Party
Majority Government elected April 7, 2014

Minister Responsible for Public Transit

Robert Poéti (Transportation)

Political and Electoral News

Restructuring the AMT

In April 2015 the Minister revealed a plan to abolish the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and replace it with a transit operating entity, the Réseau des transports métropolitains (RTM), and a transit planning organization, the Agence régionale de transport (ART). The RTM will be responsible for operating transit services in the Montréal region, including commuter rail and all current regional transit systems except those in Montreal (STM), Laval (STL) and Longueuil (RTL).

Funding and Program Announcements

Budget 2015

The province's budget tabled in March 2015 noted that, of the $88 billion in the Quebec Infrastructure Plan for 2015-2025, public transit will receive 8% or nearly $7.3 billion, including $960 million in 2015-2016.

Gas Tax Funding for Quebec City

In March 2015 the province announced a transfer of $79 million to the Réseau de transport de la Capitale to help pay for transit infrastructure and equipment. The funds included contributions from the province and the federal Gas Tax Fund. Over the next five years, Quebec transportation agencies will receive $983 million for infrastructure, with slightly more than half the amount coming from the province and the remainder from the federal government.

Public-Private Partnership for New Infrastructure

On January 13, 2015, the province and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (a public and parapublic pension fund manager) entered into an agreement that introduces a new business model for public infrastructure projects. The government will identify infrastructure projects that could be carried out by the Caisse. If, after preliminary work, the Caisse determines that it can generate commercial returns, it will enter an agreement for the project in question and adopt dual roles as both project manager and contractor. The government announced two projects as priorities: a rapid transit system on the new Champlain Bridge, and another linking downtown Montréal to the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. To implement the agreement, Bill 38, An act to allow the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec to carry out infrastructure projects was introduced in the National Assembly on March 18, 2015. More information on the public-private partnership