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RAC survey: Majority of Canadians support high-speed rail


At a North American high-speed rail summit it hosted last week, the Railway Association of Canada released results from a recent poll that found Canadians overwhelmingly support high-speed rail and believe the federal government should provide start-up funding as well as ongoing investments.

Conducted by EKOS, the survey showed that 86 percent of Canadians “strongly” or “somewhat” support the introduction of high-speed trains in the country. In addition, 68 percent of the respondents said all levels of government should be involved in funding high-speed rail, 29 percent believed the federal government alone should provide funding and 3 percent said it should be solely up to provincial governments.

Among those who supported public funding, 66 percent of the respondents believed it should be provided on an ongoing basis, while 34 percent said the government should invest public money just in the startup phase.

EKOS surveyed 1,647 Canadians, age 16 years and older, between Oct. 23 and Oct. 28.

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