Politicans have jawboned for years about a high speed rail corridor between Quebec City and Windsor, spending money on studies but never actually advancing the project.She is right that it will not be started any time soon. My prediction is that upgrading our tracks and trains so that they can go over 200 km/h will be finished in 2025.
"We are light years behind," sighs Paul Langan, head of a citizens' advocacy group known as High Speed Rail Canada, formed in 2008.
With Canada now fighting a large deficit, this worthy project probably will not be undertaken any time soon.
Monday, March 29, 2010
“Slow Route to a Fast Train”
Barbara Yaffe compares Canada’s slow rail system to the high-tech ones of Europe, Japan, China and now the US. Our most important mode of transport for the future is not improving; in fact it’s probably degrading. The “Renaissance” cars used on some Via routes are actually old carriages from England. Cutting travel time, high speed rail improves the economy by creating jobs now, and ensuring the easy business of tomorrow. I don't agree with her that no politicians are supportive of high speed rail. Ignatieff supports the idea as heard in one of his speeches but he could be more enthusiastic about this issue. More support for fast trains from the Official Opposition can only be a good thing.