Vermont Business Magazine Plans for restoring Amtrak Vermonter passenger rail service to Montreal, electric vehicle initiatives, and other critical Vermont-Quebec border transportation projects made headway today, driven by a long-standing partnership between the governments of Vermont and Quebec.
Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn, Premier of Quebec Phillip Couillard, Minister of Transport Andre Fortin, and other Canadian delegates and members of the business community toured Montreal’s Electric Vehicle Show and continued dialogue on specific initiatives to establish an electric car charging corridor between the two territories and to promote transportation electrification. Premier Couillard’s participation in today’s conversations reaffirms the transportation partnership and expansion of efforts proposed for the Cooperation Agreement between the State of Vermont and the Province of Quebec.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott, who supports the transportation projects underway, commented that, “We continue our active collaboration with Quebec and other state, federal, and international partners affected by these initiatives. Vermont will be closely involved in, and monitoring, these efforts over the next few years to assure safe, efficient, timely, and secure flow of trade and travel between Vermont and Quebec.”
“Vermont has committed to working with our partners in Quebec,” said Transportation Secretary Flynn. “Through our cooperative agreement, we are working to provide an efficient and sustainable transportation network that contributes to efforts to fight climate change and to avoid new trade barriers, fostering regional economic development and competitiveness.”
Following the Electric Vehicle Show, Transportation Secretary Flynn, Minister of Transport Fortin, and other members of the Quebec ministry continued discussions on several other transportation projects with critical milestones, including the development of secure pre-clearance facilities for passenger rail service to Montreal’s Central Station, a scoping study related to Quebec’s auto-route 35 between St. Jean sur Richelieu and U.S. Interstate 89 at Highgate Springs, and two infrastructure projects on the Vermont-Quebec border between East Richford, Vermont and Sutton, Quebec and between Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec. The long-standing Cooperative Agreement between the Province of Quebec and the State of Vermont includes many additional transportation initiatives.
Coordination with other coalitions working in the transportation sector, such as the Eastern Border Transportation Coalition, the Canada-United States binational border working group, the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, and the Northeast Association of State Transportation Officials have been integral to the continued progress on these initiatives.
Information on Vermont-Quebec border projects currently underway can be found online at vtrans.vermont.gov/vtransparency