Elevated Rail Project
GPEKS is sponsoring an urban SkyWay train project starting in Gatineau, Quebec (Canada). The objective is to initially connect the western portion of the city to Canada's Capital, Ottawa, then expand to the rest of Gatineau and up to Chelsea (urban rail), before expanding the line to an intercity high speed line to connect Gatineau to Montreal, then Quebec city and Gaspé.
Goals and benefits
- Reduce the congestion on the roads of Gatineau, removing as many cars from the roads as practically feasible, especially in the Aylmer to Hull area and Island Park Drive, Chaudière and Portage bridges
- Offer a solution that is the lowest cost while at the same time the fastest to deploy
- Allow for a green economic development of Gatineau
- Not compete with STO bus system but complement that system which GPEKS aims to enhance by providing the most cost effective financing to allow 20% of the electrification of the bus fleet by 2020, and 100% by 2025
- Provide a fast link between Aylmer and Ottawa (10 minutes to Portage)
- Improve the comfort of travellers
- Offer a beautiful ride to support and attract tourism along the rivers and parkways
- Offer the lowest visual impact on the neighborhood environment with the lowest footprint, notably by making significant efforts on the aesthetic aspect
- Offer residents within view of the rail lines the ability to profit from the project with ability to purchase high yield project shares (minimum 15% ROI per year)
- Provide environmental and technological leadership to Quebec, Canada, North America and the rest of the world
A map of the routes for proposed Phases I to III is available below
Working with its network of private and public investors, GPEKS is able to provide 100% of the funding required for the inital phases I and II of this project.
The final location of the line and stations will be determined as result of extensive consultations with the population, municipalities and various stakeholders (UQO, STO, financiers, etc.). A pre-feasibility study has been initiated and will be followed in 2019 by a more detailed feasibility. Our plan is to work in partnership with academia teams such as Willis College (various disciplines), Ottawa University MBA (business planning), CEGEP (3D Modelling, Graphic design), UQO (Feasibility) and Carleton University (Engineering). The detailed feasibility will feature the construction of a short line segment for the purpose of certification with Transport Canada.
GPEKS will make sure the final line tracing and stations will be situated in logistically strategic locations and places, with easy communication with the other transportation networks, from the STO, and those of OC Transpo and O-Train (Ottawa). The third station of phase I will be close to the campus of the University of Quebec - UQO (behind)
There are many strategic and economic reasons for the proposed tracing (simplification, cost, view of the river, less interference with local traffic ...).
Our plan is to visually integrate the elevated rail line with two sections of vegetation wall (such as cedars) on each side of the lines (when the line does not skirt the park) to hide the lower part. The train will be decorated with wildlife photos of local Canadian forest, trees and animals. Some of the train's panels (or windows) will be covered with electronic signs that can be used to pass promotional videos about the region for example. We plan to cover the walls and roof of the train with BIPV thin-film Solar energy (CIGS) from Hanergy, as well as newest generation of batteries such as printed batteries using nanotechnologies and graphene. The final major technological feature is the possible use of Hydrogen to power inter-city trains without having to connect to the electrical grid.
Residents who live close to the line will have the privilege of being offered shares in the project, with an estimated yield of 15% per year.
Quebec GPEKS Elevated Rail Project Planned Phases
|2018-2023||Connect Aylmer (Marina) to Vieux Hull (Place du Portage), with 3 'super stations', one on each end, and one at UQO|
|2023-2025||Connect the UQO station to Ottawa O-Train Bayview station - Intersection of lines 1 (Confederation) and 2 (Trillium. See O-Train map here.|
|2025-2026||Connect UQO station to Northern part of Hull (Plateau) with new station in the Plateau|
|2026-2028||Add stations as required|
|2026-2030||Create a high speed inter-urban connection to Montreal|
|2030-2038||Expand the high-speed line to Quebec city then Gaspé|
Note that GPEKS is also working on plans to assist SkyWay train projects internationally, initially in Asia Pacific with a Bangkok to Singapore link and Latin America with Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo line through the coast and Uruguay.
Comparison of features of the three main types of SkyWay trains
|Urban Speed: up to 150 km/h||25,000 passengers/hour||45%|
|High-speed: up to 500 km/h||>500,000 Passengers/day||20%|
|Cargo Speed: up to 150 km/h (suspended) or 500 km/h (mounted)||>200 million tons/year||60%|
Summary of the benefits of SkyWay trains
Cost Comparison with other types of transport
Comparison with magnetic levitation train