Monday, May 17, 2010

Canada's Big Bombardier

Bombardier is a Canadian company that manufactures many rail products. Unfortunately, we are not taking advantage of the fact that we have one of the world leaders in high speed rail in our country. However, others are. In China, Bombardier is being contracted to build multiple Zefiro trains for China's ever-growing high speed rail network. In fact, in a few years China will have more track than the rest of the world put together. There have been many studies on high speed rail in Canada and all have proven that high speed rail is a plus. It makes a profit, cuts travel time and goes from city centre to city centre which helps the economy (I won't explain it here). It's time Canada takes advantage of Bombardier and builds high speed rail.
Personally, I wish he would turn it around and send it straight north to Canada, where high-speed rail makes so much sense politicians don’t seem to know what to make of it.
U.S. President Barack Obama has announced $8-billion (U.S.) in grants toward producing a national high-speed intercity rail service. In Canada, where studies have endlessly and consistently promoted high-speed connections through the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, including a “spur” line up to Ottawa, and between Calgary and Edmonton, there is never anything but lip service to future possibilities. The Canadian government has committed nearly $1-billion (Canadian) to VIA Rail upgrades and infrastructure, but still no firm commitment to go the way of the rest of the world.
Read more at the Globe and Mail.

1 comment:

  1. Why oh why do we have to spend federal money on central Canadian BS? Get those morons running ON and QC to pay for it.


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