330 bushes felled for the tram to cross at Université Laval

To allow the Laval University tram to pass, Quebec City will have to cut down 330 of the 731 trees that are in its wake. In addition, a portion of 5.8% of the surface of the forests of Lacerte will disappear.

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This is one of the highlights of the presentation made yesterday by the tram design office to describe “the sensitive territory for public transport” that will be the Université Laval (UL).


Desjardins tram station on University Street.

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Desjardins tram station on University Street.

The Municipality relativizes this number of 330, mentioning that it includes 134 ash trees (condemned to die because of the borer) as well as 37 “replaceable” trees or shrubs.

We remember the commitment to replant 20 trees for every tree felled. More than 1,200 trees will be planted on campus to compensate for those that have disappeared.

Even if it is necessary to sacrifice 0.2 hectare of the wooded area of ​​Lacerte, the Municipality guarantees that it has chosen the most optimal integration scenario.


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“The price to pay”

Questioned on the matter, the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, maintained yesterday that “unfortunately, it is the price to pay for having a tram that passes through the heart of UL and that is an exchange center that connects all mobility needs. Philosophically, We could not have made any other choice. Not going through the University would have been scandalous, it would have been tragic. »


Here is the tram route on the Université Laval campus, revealed on Monday.

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Here is the tram route on the Université Laval campus, revealed on Monday.

The UL interchange will be the busiest on the tram route. It will be located at the intersection of Avenue de la Médecine and Rue de l’Université.

Buses heading north of the city will depart from this hub and no longer in front of the Desjardins pavilion.


A view of the tram station at the Pôle de l'Université Laval.

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A view of the tram station at the Pôle de l’Université Laval.

Less car traffic

One of the guiding principles of yesterday’s agreement is to “reduce car traffic on and near campus.” This requires multiplying one-way streets on campus, we explain.

Here again, Mayor Marchand, Laval University Dean Sophie D’Amours, and even Quebec First leader Claude Villeneuve defended this choice by explaining that it was normal to limit the car seat at UL.


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“When the University decided to close the street east of [pavillon] From Koninck, there was no disaster, there was no chaos,” Marchand recalled.

At the same time, about 150 parking spaces (out of the current 8,900) will be abolished on campus due to the tram passing.


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Quebec City will pay UL $10 million in compensation for trespassing on the campus.

UL is offering the option of taking advantage of future work to build a 400-meter pedestrian tunnel between the Desjardins and Lacerte pavilions.

Its budget – from $7 million to $8 million – would not, however, be part of the trolley envelope.


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Skepticism

Quebec 21 said it greeted yesterday’s announcement “with skepticism”. According to its leader, Eric Ralph Mercier, “it is ironic that Quebec City chooses to cut down hundreds of trees on the territory of Laval University when the university has just received a mandate from the city in November 2020 to preserve the trees while along the tram route”.


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The Regional Council for the Environment welcomed the agreement, stating that the integration scenario chosen was the one that had “the least impact on the campus, its users and its underground infrastructure”.

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