Renovations to the original métro network
The STCUM Is Asking Québec to Take Part in the Extension of the National Infrastructures Program
Montréal, February 5, 1997 - The members of the STCUM Board of Directors have ruled to present a request to the Québec Government that it be allowed to take part in the extension of the National Infrastructures Program so that it may be applicable to urban transportation infrastructures.
The original network is 30 years old. Intent on maintaining the soundness and efficiency of this collective heritage valued at over 5 billion dollars, the STCUM would like to undertake increasingly needed renovations. The STCUM and the municipalities of the MUC do not have the funds required to undertake such a project which is why the STCUM is appealing to Québec to have urban transportation infrastructures included in the financial aid program.
To back its demand, the STCUM refers to a U.S. study (Transportation Spending and Economic Growth), according to which investments in public transit not only yield higher benefits for Society in general than those made in the roads networks and other similar projects but that their financial repercussions are more quickly felt.
Lastly, the STCUM deems that by extending this program, the Québec Government would contribute to job incentive and encourage economic recovery, goals that are an essential part its plan of action.
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