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Quebec premier’s comments ignite concern over Train de l’Ouest

WATCH ABOVE: Concerns about the future of the train de l'ouest are resurfacing as mayors in the West Island question whether a new line will go as far as they hoped. Global's Tim Sargeant reports.

MONTREAL — Could the Train de l’Ouest project be coming off the rails?

Many West Island mayors certainly hope not, but they’re concerned following an interview Premier Philippe Couillard gave to La Presse.

Couillard talked about the Train de l’Ouest project, but only in terms of new service between downtown Montreal and Trudeau Airport.

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The Caisse de Dépôt et Placements du Québec, the Quebec Pension fund manager, is reviewing a feasibility study to determine which mass transit projects to finance.

The Train de l’Ouest, a grassroots proposal to build new service along the Vaudreuil-Hudson corridor, may not be part of the final report.

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The Couillard government would then have to finance the billion-dollar project.

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“If the Caisse shows that they can’t do it, the government of Quebec has to do it,” said Baie-D’Urfé Mayor Maria Tutino.

“They made a commitment to the citizens of the West Island. I believe they will deliver.”

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The Caisse is expected to issue its report before the end of the year.

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