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NIMBYkiller wrote:The existing route may have plenty of freight traffic, but if there's space to add a track or two why couldn't VIA just do that rather than trying to build an entirely new ROW previously unused lands?The first and most obvious reason is that it wasn't a VIA project, it was a Province of Ontario project.
NIMBYkiller wrote:Again, new tracks adjacent to the existing ROW. Precedent is already there, passenger rail has its own tracks, freights have theirs.Also again, the much of the existing ROW is the property of CN and they are not going to allow catenary for electric trains on their ROW even if it is adjacent lines for the simple reason that it complicates things.
mdvle wrote:For now at least the page is still on the provincial website and gives the estimated travel times between stations they were aiming forIn Ontario, we define high speed rail as a system as a rail system that operates at or above 250 km/h on dedicated tracks or at 200 km/h on existing tracks. FYI, 250 km'h = 155 mph, 200 km/h = 124 mph.
dowlingm wrote:(and of course there is no sign of a Northlander restart)..The return of the Northlander was brought up a few times during the last election campaign by prominent members of the PC party including party leader Doug Ford and Vic Fedeli, the current Finance Minister, and representative for North Bay, ONR's home.
And although the future of passenger rail service in northeastern Ontario didn’t receive any budget funding, Fedeli said the PCs made the commitment to return it in their first term and intend to live up to that commitment.https://www.nugget.ca/news/local-news/w ... get-fedeli