Government of Canada to Explore Opportunities to Improve Passenger Rail Services in Southwestern Ontario


BRANTFORD, ON, August 5, 2021 / CNW / – The government of Canada is committed to working to improve and modernize intercity passenger rail services in a way that will best meet the transportation needs of travelers, as outlined in the vision of Transport 2030.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honorable Omar Alghabra, announced that the government of Canada study the possibilities of improving passenger rail services in Southwestern Ontario.

As the government of Canada takes the first steps in preparing the procurement process to build new high frequency rail services in the Toronto towards the Quebec City corridor, efforts will also be made to determine how passenger rail services could be improved in order to better serve markets west of Toronto, including London, Windsor and Brantford.

The government of Canada work with key partners, including VIA Rail and the Canada Infrastructure Bank through the High Frequency Trains Joint Project Office to ensure that any improvement in passenger rail services in the Southwestern Ontario can be effectively integrated with the main route for the high frequency train in the Toronto at the Corridor de Québec.

The government of Canada will contact the province of Ontario Identify areas of collaboration and avoid duplication with provincial transportation plans, including new services to be offered by GO Transit and Metrolinx, to ensure that improvements in passenger rail services benefit travelers the most.


“There is a strong appetite for improved passenger rail services in Southwestern Ontario. Improving passenger rail service in this region would provide better options for travelers while enabling economic growth for communities along the rail network. ”

The Honorable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

“Driven by our mission to put our passengers first, VIA Rail has been working for several years on its modernization program that will transform Canadian travel. Today’s announcement represents an opportunity to continue this momentum as it will provide an improved and truly intermodal experience, while helping to better serve communities. Southwestern Ontario. “

Cynthia Garneau
President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada

Related links

  • Information document—Continuous efforts towards the high frequency train in the Toronto to the Quebec Corridor
  • Press release– The government of Canada takes the first steps in preparing the procurement process to build a new train service in the Toronto to the Quebec Corridor

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Allison St-Jean, Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, (613) 290-8656, [email protected]; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055, [email protected]

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