Ontario to push high-speed rail corridor

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A schematic of Phase 1 (solid line) and Phase 2 (dotted line) for high-speed rail in Ontario. "Union" in the upper right of the image represents Toronto Union Station in downtown Toronto.
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
TORONTO, Ontario — The Great Lakes region may be first place to host 150-mph-plus high-speed rail traffic outside of the Northeast Corridor in North America — but on the Canadian side.

Ontario's premier said Monday that the province will move forward with a high speed rail planning advisory board that will offer "strategic support" for planning and building out a high-speed route between Canada's largest city — Toronto — and Windsor, Ont., just across the Detroit River from Detroit, Mich.

The premier's news release says that travel between the two cities could be cut in half from four to two hours and shorten commute times for people in far southern Ontario who might want to participate in economic revitalization efforts taking place on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario.

Phase 1 of the conceptual high-speed project would include stops in downtown Toronto, at the Toronto airport, as well as Guelph, Kitchener, and London, Ont. A second phase would extend the line to Chatham and Windsor, Ont.

VIA Rail Canada currently serves the corridor with several daily trains.

More information is available online.
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