(Quebec) To a week of the closure of the parking lot Dalhousie for 18 months, the regular users, many workers and traders who were customers for many years, there was no guarantee of finding a parking space once the new multi-level parking garage, which will have 100 spaces less, has been erected on the future site of the Rowers.
Both the City of Québec and the Société Parc-Auto du Québec (SPAQ), which currently manages the parking Dalhousie, have confessed that it was impossible for the moment to guarantee a parking space to anyone once the work will be completed in the summer of 2017.
“We cannot guarantee anything, we need to wait for the directive of those who will become the new owners of the land, because it belongs currently to the Société québécoise des infrastructures [SQI], but will eventually be in the hands of the national capital Commission [CCNQ],” says Denis Mercier, the director of operations of the SPAQ.
“We cannot guarantee anything, we need to wait for the directive of those who will become the new owners of the land.”
the Director of operations of the Société Parc-Auto du Quebec
The Commission may not provide guarantee for current subscribers, emphasizing that it is currently analyzing the data.
“We have to work here. This is a concern that one knows and is sensitive to the reality of the permit holders. We will try to give an answer as quickly as possible”, indicates, however, Anne-Marie Gauthier, coordinator for communications and public relations of the CCNQ.
The status of the SPAQ as a manager of the future parking lot is uncertain also. “We do not know. We are subject to the rules of the treasury Board in this matter,” says dr. Gauthier, implying that it could be that it is necessary to proceed by way of tender for the management of the multi-level parking garage of the place of the Rowers.
Regardless, Denis Mercier ensures, however, that it will keep carefully the list of subscribers to the parking lot.
“I hope that we can prioritize our subscribers, some of whom are there for 15 or even 20 years,” he continued, denying the existence of a directive to prioritize those that have accepted the relocation proposed by the company during the work.
This possibility worried some users, including Michel Bouley, a worker who has been transferred to the parking lot of the anse au Foulon, a 30-minute walk from his place of work.
“I’m probably going to go to the parking lot Vinci near the Marché du Vieux-Port. It’s going to cost me $ 140 per month rather than $ 75 at the anse au Foulon, but I’ll be closer to my work.”
As more users moved to the side of the anse au Foulon, Mr. Bouley has been offered a free pass part of the réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) for the route 1 and route 21. The fact that the frequency of the buses on this route is not increased incentive, however, to look for another option.
“If I miss the bus, I lose half an hour in the evening and/or morning”, he remarked.
The audit made on the side of the City of Quebec, up to now, 56 people over 62 who had been offered a pass partial of the RTC have made the request. However, it has never been a question of increasing the frequency of bus 1 and 21 in the rush hour.
“The frequency will remain the same, since these buses are already at the half-hour during peak hours. We believe that it is a frequency acceptable,” says Mireille Plamondon, a spokesman for the City of Quebec.
It was also clarified that the expected duration of the work was beautiful and well 18 months, in spite of the other figures that have been advanced.
“This is the timeline that has been presented by the SQI with a delivery in the summer of 2017. For municipal by-laws adopted for the temporary parking, the timeline is longer, which is three years. It is simply a precaution to avoid having to return to the consultation to change to the new regulations if the work last a little longer.”