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12/19/2017



Rail News: High-Speed Rail

Ontario issues RFB for environmental assessment of high-speed rail corridor


The province has begun seeking a firm to develop environmental assessment terms of reference for a segment of the proposed Toronto-Windsor corridor.
Photo – Ontario's 2016 high-speed rail feasibility report

Ontario late last week issued a request for bids (RFB) to develop environmental assessment terms of reference for the Kitchener-London segment of the proposed Toronto-Windsor high-speed rail corridor.

The terms of reference will serve as a framework for planning and the environmental assessment, Ontario Ministry of Transportation officials said in a press release.

"I am very happy to announce our progress in bringing high-speed rail to southwestern Ontario — connecting communities and investing in a future-ready transportation system," said Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca. "This historic project is the first of its kind in Canada, and will be one of the largest planning and environmental assessments our province has ever completed."

The province in October announced plans to organize an advisory board that will guide strategy for the high-speed rail project. The proposed line would serve a corridor that's home to more than 7 million people, with stops in Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto Union Station.



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