Canada to Issue RFP for Rail Project

Canadian authorities said this week that they will be issue a request for proposals for new train service in the Toronto-Quebec City Corridor.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said the move is part of an effort to create VIA Rail Canada high frequency rail service.

He called the plan the largest transportation infrastructure project seen by Canada in decades.

The request for proposals for the procurement process is expected to be issued this fall.

The proposals must address how the new service would include shorter travel times and faster trains that would reduce average trip times between Toronto and Ottawa by up to 90 minutes.

Other requirements include more reliable on-time arrival performance up to 95 percent from a current average of 67 percent.

There are expected to be more direct routes with improved connectivity between cities and to other modes of transportation; and new services to communities, such as Peterborough, Trois-Rivieres and Laval, and new stations in targeted locations including near Jean Lesage Airport.

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