The officials will make a major announcement regarding Canada’s High Frequency Rail in Quebec city on Tuesday. (Photo – VIA Rail Canada)
“The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the President of the Treasury Board, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Mr. Joël Lightbound, and Mayor of Quebec, Régis Labeaume, will make an announcement on High Frequency Rail in Quebec,” the Transport Canada said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Transport of Canada, tweeted “Trips between TO and OTT, MTL and QC City, and TO and MTL are among the most frequent in Canada—the majority of which are currently made by car. The High Frequency Rail project will increase reliability, frequency and provide faster trip times in the QC City—TO corridor.”
The Government of Canada and Canada Infrastructure Bank committed a total of $71.1 million in funding to further explore VIA Rail Canada’s proposal for High Frequency Rail in the Quebec City-Toronto Corridor, late in the month of June 2019.
The Quebec City-Toronto Corridor market represents the greatest potential for intercity passenger rail in Canada, given the thousands of Canadians who travel by train each year through Canada’s most densely populated regions and busiest transportation corridor.
Approximately 72 per cent of VIA Rail Canada’s passengers travelled through the Quebec City-Toronto Corridor in 2018, which accounted for 66 per cent of the network’s revenues, according to Transport Canada.