Province announces high speed rail plans for the Toronto-Windsor Corridor

May 19 2017, 3:32 pm

Kathleen Wynne is on board for a high speed rail system connecting Toronto to Windsor.

The Premier, along with Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, made the announcement on Friday morning saying that the province is moving ahead with the transportation project. Ontario will be investing $15 million in a comprehensive environmental assessment.

High speed rail could cut travel times between Toronto and Windsor from four hours to just over two, according to the province.

“Building high speed rail along the Toronto-Windsor corridor isn’t just a game changer for Southwestern Ontario — it’s going to deliver benefits all along the line,” said Wynne in a statement. “Seven million people live along the Toronto-Windsor transportation corridor. High speed rail will get them where they need to be faster.”

The province said that trains on high speed rails would move at speeds of up to 250 km per hour using a combination of existing track and new, dedicated rail corridors.

As for the proposed stops on the new line, it would include Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto, with a connection to Pearson International Airport.

“Whether it means accepting a job that previously seemed too far away, visiting family more often or having ready access to the innovators who can take your business growth to the next level — high speed rail will make a real difference in people’s lives and drive economic growth and jobs,” Wynne said.

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