VIA Rail Canada, Canada Infrastructure Bank and Transport Canada

VIA Rail Canada, Canada Infrastructure Bank and Transport Canada

Government of Canada takes next steps to further explore VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail proposal in the Quebec City-Toronto Corridor
From: Transport Canada

A modernized passenger rail system with a dedicated track would significantly improve the movement of people in Canada’s most densely populated regions and busiest transportation corridor, from Quebec City to Toronto.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced that the Government of Canada and Canada Infrastructure Bank are committing a total of $71.1 million in funding to further explore VIA Rail Canada’s proposal for High Frequency Rail in the Quebec City-Toronto Corridor.

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Statement from Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal [French only]

The announcement that the Canada Infrastructure Bank is involved in the file is particularly promising because it will accelerate upstream planning and the eventual completion of the project.
– Michel Leblanc, President and CEO

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

We are pleased to see that @VIA_Rail’s proposed High Frequency Rail project is closer to being implemented, thanks to additional funding from the Government of Canada & @cib_en to explore this project. Read our transportation report.

Rail transportation – with its robust carrying capacity, solid safety record, & comparatively low environmental impact – plays a critical role in our economy. This project will benefit businesses & the everyday lives of Ontarians and across Canada.

Canadian Urban Transit Association
We are very excited to see @cib_en investing $71 million into @Via_Rail High Frequency Rail in the Quebec City-Toronto corridor. Better, more frequent rail services will help reduce road #congestion and GHG emissions in Canada.

Related links:
VIA Rail project page