Liberals announce plans for new ‘high frequency’ rail lines from Toronto to Quebec City | CBC News

The federal authorities is signalling plans to form an all-novel high frequency rail line connecting Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec Metropolis.

VIA Rail says that operating passenger trains on devoted traces, in preference to on shared tracks with freight trains, would minimize commute instances and make the provider extra pleasant. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

The federal authorities is signalling plans to form all-novel, high frequency rail traces connecting Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec Metropolis.

The proposed traces would minimize commute instances between the cities and make trains extra pleasant, in accordance to plans for the project.

Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra announced the notion to passengers onboard a VIA Rail put together travelling from Toronto to Montreal earlier this day.

“It would broaden frequency for passengers like yourself and remodel the connection between these cities,” Alghabra told passengers over the put together’s PA system.

Trains on the proposed line would poke at larger speeds than are right now doable. The authorities isn’t describing the project as “high poke” rail, however, since vehicles would smooth topple rapid of the speeds generally associated with high poke rail networks in Europe and Asia.

Particular announcement onboard @Via_Rail put together #64, with destination to Montreal:


Annonce spéciale à bord du put together @VIA_Rail n°64, à destination de Montréal :


The Liberal authorities has been inspecting the doable for high frequency rail along the Toronto-Quebec Metropolis corridor since a minimal of 2019, when it launched a assorted office to work on the project.

Ottawa announced extra funding for the project in its recent 2021 funds, headlined by a pledge of $491.2 million over six years to VIA Rail Canada for infrastructure investments.

The funds does not imply a completion date for the project.

VIA Rail says reliability, poke and frequency would toughen

Per VIA Rail, a high frequency rail line operating on devoted tracks would within the reduction of commute instances by 25 per cent and toughen on-time efficiency by 95 per cent.

Trains on the motorway would commute at speeds of up to 177 km/h, in accordance to VIA Rail — even supposing Alghabra, in his announcement, mentioned speeds of up to 200 km/h might maybe well be doable.

Those speeds are sooner than the recent maximum of roughly 160 km/h for VIA Rail trains. Current high poke rail traces are pleasant of a minimal of 250 km/h.

VIA Rail’s proposed blueprint for a brand novel high frequency rail community. (VIA Rail Canada)

VIA Rail says the recent congestion and irregular timing of trains is attributable to passenger and freight trains generally the exhaust of the identical tracks.

The devoted line proposed by VIA Rail incorporates a brand novel line connecting Toronto to Ottawa, and one other line connecting Montreal to Quebec Metropolis.

The latest blueprint of the project smooth has passenger trains operating on shared tracks between the region in Les Coteaux, QC and Montreal.

Announcement situation for a doable battleground utilizing

Alghabra might maybe well additionally goal present additional diminutive print about the proposed line all over a recordsdata conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Trois-Rivières, QC.

Trois-Rivières is one in all the proposed stations on the novel line connecting Montreal to Quebec Metropolis.

Town is expected to be a battleground utilizing within the next federal election, since Bloc Québécois MP Louise Charbonneau announced she won’t take a look at re-election. Trois-Rivières has not had a Liberal MP since 1984.

The previous Ontario Liberal authorities proposed a high poke rail line between Toronto and Windsor in 2018, that comprises trains that might maybe well possess travelled at speeds of up to 250 km/h. That authorities change into defeated correct months after announcing these plans and the project has not been revived.

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