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Canada to Issue RFP for Rail Project

July 8, 2021

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.

Trudeau Names New Transport Minister

January 15, 2021

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named a new transport minister.

Omar Alghabra

Omar Alghabra has replaced Marc Garneau, who will now become minister of foreign affairs.

Garneau had held the transport minister post since 2015.

Alghabra is a member of parliament from Mississauga, Ontario. He also has worked as a consultant and a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.

He has served as the parliamentary secretary for foreign and trade ministers, and as the Prime Minister’s parliamentary secretary for public service reform.

Born to a Syrian family in Saudi Arabia, he immigrated to Canada in 19 to study engineering.

Among the issues he’ll face as transport minister are an aid package for the airline industry and Air Canada’s planned purchase of tour company Transat A.T.