Transport Action Ontario, in conjunction with the Save VIA citizens’ committee of St. Marys, Ontario, has released an expert discussion paper on high-performance rail passenger service. It calls on Canada’s new federal government to seriously investigate and consider the high-performance rail approach as a means of quickly and affordably improving VIA’s Quebec-Windsor Corridor service, fighting climate change and stimulating the economy.
A short brochure summarizing the report can be viewed at this link:TAO HPR Brochure 2016-03
The full report can be viewed at this link: TAO HPR Discussion Paper Final Revised 2016-03-09
Transport Action Canada and its regional associations, including Transport Action Ontario, are pleased to release our nation-wide blueprint for the revival of VIA Rail Canada. It demonstrates how the new federal government can turn VIA around and make it a modern, more frequent and highly useful public transportation service at a reasonable cost over a period of 10 years. The plan also outlines how improvements can be made to a number of VIA services – including Southwestern Ontario and on the North Main Line – within one year.
The report can be viewed here:
We have also produced a two-page infographic summarizing the report and its recommendations for the Windsor-Quebec corridor. These can be viewed here:
Dr. Avrum Regenstreif, long time member and colleague of Transport Action Ontario, has completed a report on developing higher speed electric railways across Canada. it is intended as a backgrounder to foster discussion and it offers one possible long term vision on development of higher speed electrified railroads in Canada. While Transport Action Ontario has long supported railway electrification, the details of how this is to be achieved as expressed in this report are the opinion of the author, and are not the official position of Transport Action Ontario.
We welcome feedback on this important topic.
The report can be viewed here: TAO-HSR-Paper-Final2015-06
We are pleased to announce the release of Network Southwest, an interurban passenger rail and bus service action plan researched and prepared by Greg Gormick of On Track Strategies for the Southwestern Ontario Transportation Alliance (SWOTA), a collaborative of non-government organizations including Transport Action Ontario. Network Southwest is a blueprint for reviving the region’s intercity public transportation system using a passenger rail spine and passenger bus feeders. It can rapidly and cost-effectively be implemented.
This plan was unveiled at a public forum in Sarnia on January 31st, 2015. Other public forums have been held in St Marys and Stratford. Our next public forum is planned for London on April 8.
The full 88 page report was released in St Marys, Ontario on March 18. Additionally, a one-page infographic and a one-page summary are available. The report may be downloaded here
More information is available on the SWOTA website here