The Government of Canada announced that the Government of Canada is exploring opportunities to enhance passenger rail services in Southwestern Ontario.

As the Government of Canada takes first steps in preparing for the procurement process to build new, High-Frequency Rail services in the Toronto to Quebec City Corridor, efforts will also be undertaken to determine how passenger rail services might be improved to better service markets west of Toronto, including London and Windsor.

“There is a strong appetite for enhanced passenger rail services in Southwestern Ontario,” stated
Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra. “Improvements to passenger rail service in this region would provide better options for travellers while also enabling the economic growth of communities along the rail network.”

The Government of Canada will work with key partners including VIA Rail and the Canada Infrastructure Bank through the High Frequency Rail Joint Project Office to ensure that any enhancements to passenger rail services in Southwestern Ontario can be effectively integrated with the core route for High Frequency Rail in the Toronto to Quebec City Corridor.

The Government of Canada will be reaching out to the Province of Ontario to identify areas of collaboration and avoid any duplication with provincial transportation plans, including new services to be offered by GO Transit and Metrolinx, to ensure that enhancements to passenger rail services benefit travellers most.

“Driven by our mission to put our passengers first, VIA Rail has been working for several years on its modernization program which will transform the Canadian journey,” added VIA Rail Canada’s president and CEO, Cynthia Garneau. “The announcement made today represents an opportunity to continue building on this momentum as it will allow to offer an enhanced and truly intermodal experience, while contributing to better serving communities in Southwestern Ontario.”

Featured image: VIA Rail Canada

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