The extension of the blue line of the Montreal metro is once again marked by uncertainty: the postponement of the adoption of bill 61 appears to him to put large sticks in the wheels.
The minister responsible for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau, said Friday in a press briefing that the project was now “blocked” by the expropriations act. Yet, the latter existed well before the pandemic, while the government made announcements about the extension.
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) abounds in the same direction.
“Without act 61, if these expropriations are not carried out quickly, delays will be significant and the costs will have to be revised,” confirmed a spokesperson for the STM’s Amélie Régis, without moving along the length of these delays.
A rapid adoption of the draft law 61 on the recovery of the economy would have allowed the MCS to accelerate the process of expropriation of 200 properties along the route of the extension of the blue line into the borough of Anjou. An owner would not have been able to challenge its expropriation, but only the amount of compensation.
The suspension of parliamentary business in the national Assembly for the summer so any way to pause the extension project of the metro.
Until now, the STM has always claimed that the commissioning of the new section of the blue line was planned for the fall of 2026. Estimated at 3.9 billion dollars, the construction work was to begin in 2021.
However, the president of the treasury Board, Christian Dubé, stated Thursday that without consensus on bill 61, the process of expropriation for the blue line of the metro could be frozen until 2024.
He returned to the charge Friday. “When I say that it is necessary to make changes in a difficult situation today, with what just happened [the postponement of the adoption of the draft law], forget it the blue line, forget it, it is very clear”, he said in a press briefing.
The MCS had provided a sum of $ 450 million for the purchase of land along the route of the 5.6 km extension of the blue line of the metro, revealed in January, our Office of investigation.