Federal minister seeks to improve public rail service on L’Île-Perrot
PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK
Vaudreuil-Dorion Liberal MP Peter Schiefke and Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, answer reporters’ questions during a press conference outside L’Île-Perrot city hall regarding possible future upgrades to the L’Île-Perrot and Pincourt / Terrasse-Vaudreuil train stations.
Improving public access to the two commuter train stations on the island of Île-Perrot was the focus of a meeting that was attended by Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Vaudreuil-Soulanges Member of Parliament (MP) Peter Schiefke at L’Île-Perrot City Hall on Tuesday, March 3.
The meeting which included L’Île-Perrot Mayor Pierre Séguin, Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal, Vaudreuil provincial MNA Marie-Claude Nichols and representatives from EXO was meant to showcase existing conditions at the L’Île-Perrot and Pincourt / Terrasse-Vaudreuil train stations and the need to carry out necessary upgrades.
Train station visit
Both McKenna and Schiefke were given a tour of the L’Île-Perrot train station to see first-hand the work that has to be done to modernize both facilities and make them safer and accessible to more people.
“It’s been great to be here and I really appreciate that Peter is a real advocate for Île-Perrot. He wanted me to see first-hand where people get on and off the train to see the challenges there. My goal is to make sure we have good public transit that’s accessible to everyone that makes it an irresistible option so people get out of cars,” McKenna told The Journal.
“Public transit is an essential tool for reducing our carbon emissions and building stronger and more resilient communities. Our government’s continued investments in public transportation infrastructure in collaboration with the Government of Quebec will not only benefit the environment, but will also bring increased ridership and more security for passengers in Vaudreuil-Soulanges,” said McKenna.
PHOTO COURTESY OFFICE OF PETER SCHIEFKE
Minister McKenna’s visit to Île-Perrot’s commuter train stations was also accompanied by MNA Marie-Claude Nicholls, Île-Perrot Mayor Pierre Séguin, Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal and representatives from EXO.
Upgrading rail infrastructure
For Schiefke, having McKenna participate in the meeting and tour was a way for the minister to get an idea of the what’s needed to improve the region’s public rail transit infrastructure.
“I invited the Minister here to see this project which is very important for our community and to make sure if and when the province puts this forward as a priority, she’s already made aware of the difference it can make in our community and hopefully that will be helpful in moving it forward,” said Schiefke.
“Knowing there are steps to take including having to put together the plans, getting the municipalities on board and making sure the province – which is a big part of this – makes it a priority. The stations definitely need upgrades and investments to bring them up to speed with the quality you would expect with EXO,” Schiefke added.
Successful collaborative venture in Vaudreuil-Dorion
Improving train service in the region is important for Schiefke who has already worked on a collaborative effort with the provincial government and the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion to modernize the Vaudreuil train station.
“This is something I’ve been really focused on,” he said. “We were successful working with EXO, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion and the province in getting the funding to upgrade the Vaudreuil train station. Now we’re really focused on the L’Île-Perrot and Pincourt / Terrasse-Vaudreuil stations, not only for security reasons, but also for quality of life and improved accessibility to these stations.”