Québec City-Windsor high-speed rail study

    Contract awarded to update high-speed rail feasibility studies

    TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - The Governments of Québec, Ontario and Canada
today announced that a contract has been awarded to the EcoTrain Consortium to
update the feasibility studies for high-speed rail (HSR) in the Québec
City-Windsor corridor. The consortium is composed of the firms Dessau, MMM
Group (formerly Marshall Macklin Monaghan Limited), KPMG, Wilbur Smith &
Associates and Deutsche Bahn International (DB International).
    The $3-million study will be funded equally by each government. The study
will focus on the following areas, in particular:

    -   HSR technology and route options;
    -   transportation demand forecasts;
    -   development and operating costs;
    -   environmental and social impacts;
    -   financial and economic analyses;
    -   institutional framework of foreign HSR experiences;
    -   implementation scenarios;
    -   impacts on other transportation modes; and
    -   recommendations on the future action plan.

    This high-speed rail study will allow governments to better understand
the scope of this proposed project, such as the environment, the potential
level of demand and the financial implications. It will also update data and
information that was previously gathered during earlier studies.

For further information:

For further information: Source - Canada: Media Relations, Transport
Canada, (613) 993-0055; Source - Ontario: Bob Nichols, Ontario Ministry of
Transportation, (416) 327-1158; Source - Québec: Media Relations, Ministère
des Transports du Québec, Québec: (418) 644-4444, Montréal: (514) 873-5600,
Toll free: 1-866-341-5724

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