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Ontario Bringing High Speed Rail to Guelph

Project Will Connect People and Create Good Jobs Along Innovation Supercorridor

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May 19, 2017

High speed rail cuts down on travel times, gives people more low-carbon transportation options, and creates new opportunities for workers and businesses. Ontario is supporting economic growth in Southwestern Ontario and across the province by moving forward with high speed rail along the Toronto-Windsor corridor, becoming the first province to undertake a rail transformation of this magnitude.

Earlier today, Ontario announced that the province is moving ahead with preliminary design work on the project and investing $15 million in a comprehensive environmental assessment. The announcement comes with the release of a new report by David Collenette, Ontario’s Special Advisor, on the feasibility of high speed rail.

High speed rail will support economic growth in Guelph and across the province by reducing travel times, giving people more low-carbon transportation options, and creating new opportunities for workers and businesses.

High speed rail could cut travel time between Guelph and Toronto to a minimum of 39 minutes, down from the current average of over an hour by car.

Combined with GO RER’s proposed delivery of two-way, all-day service, high speed rail will be a transformative mode shift for transportation in Southwestern Ontario. It will expand Ontario’s innovation supercorridor to Windsor, connect economic clusters and support a low-carbon economy.

Investing in high speed rail is part of our plan to create jobs, grorw our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

QUOTES

“High speed rail will have a transformative impact on travel in Southwestern Ontario, helping people to innovate, connect with each other, and travel for work, study and play. This is just one part of our plan to invest in transit across the province — connecting communities and supporting growth in jobs and the economy.”
– Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation 

“High speed rail has immense potential to shape the way we work, study and connect with each other in southwestern Ontario. I’m thrilled that the city of Guelph will be part of this ambitious endeavour.”
– Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph 

“A Guelph stop on the high-speed rail line would unlock extraordinary opportunities for our local economy and quality of life. It would revolutionize residents’ ability to travel to Toronto, and west to Waterloo Region and London, quickly, safely, and easily. I am thrilled that a Guelph stop is part of Mr. Collenette’s report, and I want to thank Premier Wynne, Guelph’s MPP Liz Sandals, and Mr. Collenette for listening when Guelph came knocking.”
– Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph

QUICK FACTS

  • Proposed stops on the new HSR line include Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto, with a connection to Pearson International Airport.
  • Trains on high speed rails would move at speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour using a combination of existing track and new, dedicated rail corridors.
  • A request for bids for the design required to support the Environmental Assessment for the full length of the Toronto-Windsor corridor will be issued this fall.
     
  • The Honourable David Collenette, a former federal Minister of Transport, has significant experience interacting with diverse and influential stakeholders, as well as knowledge of policy and regulatory issues related to the transportation sector. Since his retirement from Parliament in 2004, Mr. Collenette has served as an advisor to many organizations in the defence and transportation industries.

LEARN MORE

 Special Advisor for High Speed Rail: Final Report

2017 Ontario Budget

Building Together, Ontario’s infrastructure plan

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