Posts Tagged ‘Toronto-Quebec City Corridor’

Canada Federal Budget Has Funds for VIA Corridor, Infrastructure Projects

April 28, 2021

Canada expects to budget $4.4 million for planning work on VIA Rail Canada’s proposed “high frequency rail” project.

The project seeks to create a passenger-only route for part of the Toronto-Quebec City corridor.

Also in the budget proposal is $491.2 million over six years, beginning in 2021-22, for VIA infrastructure projects that would support the high frequency rail project.

The budget document said $491.2 million would “help reduce bottlenecks, improve fluidity and connectivity, and allow VIA to take an important step toward high-frequency rail in the corridor.”

In an unrelated matter, VIA said that more stringent travel restrictions imposed last week in Ontario and Quebec are not expected to effect the railroad’s scheduled service.

“Passengers are responsible to comply with provincial restrictions,” VIA said in a statement.

Ontario’s new order prohibits non-essential travel into the province while Quebec has closed its borders to travelers from Ontario, where COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

Canadian PM Boosts VIA High Speed Rail Plan

December 21, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has identified boosting VIA Rail Canada’s high-frequency rail project between Quebec City and Toronto to be one of its top transportation priorities.

The project is part of the Transportation 2030 strategic plan.

Trudeau recently sent a “mandate letter” to Transport Minister Marc Garneau in which he directed Garneau to work with the infrastructure and communities minister to create the HFR project in the Toronto-Quebec City Corridor as part of those duties.

The HFR project would expand VIA Rail services to Peterborough, Ontario, and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec City, via a new rail line north of the current service corridor.