VIA’s proposal for Toronto-Montreal corridor makes sense, but Liberals studying cost: minister

March 9, 2016

By Jason Fekete, Ottawa Citizen | March 3, 2016, in the National Post 

OTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Via Rail’s proposed dedicated track in the Montreal-Toronto corridor seems to fit with what the Liberal government wants in new infrastructure projects, but cautions the government is doing its homework to determine whether to spend taxpayer dollars on the proposal.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

Garneau told the Ottawa Citizen that a dedicated Via Rail track in the corridor makes sense from a passenger’s perspective, and that Bombardier — which is looking for federal financial aid — “certainly has the capability” to provide Via Rail with the engines and cars if the project were to proceed.

Via Rail is proposing a “high-frequency” service on dedicated tracks for passenger rail in the busy Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor that would dramatically improve train speeds, frequency of trips and reduce travel times.

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