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Wynne announces high-speed rail, trains to reach up to 250km/h

Premier Kathleen Wynne announces plans for a high-speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor. Phase one which would see stops in Kitchener Waterloo and London would be completed by 2025 Premier Wynne visiting Google offices in Kitchener on Friday
Manuel Armenta | 19 May, 2017, 23:48

High speed rail could cut travel times between Toronto and Windsor from four hours to just over two. The province says the private sector will have to help pay for the line.

In 2015, the government tapped a special adviser on high-speed rail to assess the possibility of such a project, and David Collenette concluded there is a business case for it. In addition to stops in Toronto, Mississauga, London, Chatham-Kent and Windsor, the report calls for trains to stop at Guelph Central Station and the new transit hub to be built at King and Victoria streets in Kitchener. In the other scenario, the maximum speed would reach 250 kilometres per hour, bringing the cost down to $55 million per kilometre.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said the new stretch could attract 10 million passengers a year.

The government says Ontario is believed to be the first province to undertake a "rail transformation" on this scale.

Prior to the 2014 election, then transportation minister Glen Murray included a Toronto-Kitchener-London high-speed rail line in the government's list of transportation promises for the next decade, detailed in its Moving Ontario Forward plan. A journey between London and Toronto would be slightly longer than an hour, similar to the time for a GO train trip from Union Station to Hamilton or Barrie. However, the government is also proposing to build totally new tracks in other areas, especially west of Kitchener.

"Southwestern Ontario has been waiting on high-speed rail for years", Michael Harris said in a statement. The report suggests that "an enhanced "people-mover" system" similar to the current LINK train would span three three kilometres between the air terminals and Malton Station. A Pearson Airport / Malton HSR stop would allow passengers to transfer to GO Transit's regional express rail service and local MiWay buses.

High-speed train lines usually require major investment by governments, railway companies or other private partners to build infrastructure that particularly supports fast trains. He said it's hard for many people to imagine a modern, high-speed form of transportation.

Most high-speed lines are grade-separated, meaning that their builders have eliminated level crossings and constructed bridges so that the tracks cross over or under all roadways. Countries around the world have long recognized the benefits of high speed rail - not just the time it saves people, but the opportunities it creates. The Canadian National Railway developed its Turbo service between Toronto and Montreal in the late 1960s in an early effort to supply such a service. While much has been made of the potential for high-speed rail to help people live in Toronto and work in Waterloo Region, or vice-versa, London's business community thinks it will help their community attract jobs now going to either Waterloo Region or the GTA.