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Lac-Megantic rail bypass line to receive federal funding

By Jillian Morgan   

Construction Financing

The federal government will contribute “a substantial sum” toward the construction of a bypass railway line in Lac-Megantic, Que., said Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in a statement.

The exact amount of the contribution is yet to be confirmed due to Quebec cost sharing and route finalization through municipalities.

“The bypass project is a complex one, which I have been working on since I began my duties as Minister of Transport,” said Garneau.

Garneau hopes to announce the details before the fifth anniversary of the Lac-Megantic train derailment and explosion, which occurred on July 6, 2013.


“I have had the opportunity to go to Lac-Megantic three times to meet citizens, to hear their concerns and to personally witness the trauma they are living through,” said Garneau. “For me, this bypass line is much more than a railway infrastructure project. It is rather a social rebuilding project for the people of Lac-Megantic.”



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