Governments release findings of high-speed rail study

OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, along with the governments of Quebec and Ontario officially released the final report of the high-speed rail study for the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor. The purpose of the study was to determine the feasibility of a high-speed passenger rail system linking Quebec City and Windsor, Ontario.

The study was conducted by EcoTrain, which is a consortium of five consulting firms: Dessau; MMM Group (formerly Marshall Macklin Monaghan Limited); Wilbur Smith & Assoc.; Deutsche Bahn International; and KPMG. The joint study included an assessment of high-speed train technologies; potential routes and stations; traffic forecasts; and financial and economic (cost-benefit) analyses. Additionally, the study evaluated the impact of high-speed rail from a socioeconomic, environmental and competitor perspective.

The study found that high-speed rail is technically feasible in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor but will require significant public expenditure. With these study findings, the Government of Canada will take the time necessary to carefully consider possible next steps.

An executive summary of the report is available on line. For a copy of the complete report, please contact Carl Geoffroy.

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information:

Pierre Florea
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa



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