To keep Canada’s travel system competitive and efficient, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that our government will provide funding for VIA Rail to replace its fleet in the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.
Canadians benefit from travelling in a passenger rail fleet that is efficient, safe, accessible and affordable. A new, modern fleet will provide our travellers with safer, faster, more frequent, more accessible and environmentally friendlier service.
We are proud of investing in this new fleet to make travel more accessible and efficient for all Canadians, support economic growth and job creation and promote a sustainable environment for generations to come. Enhancing intercity passenger rail in the busy Quebec City-Toronto Corridor has the potential to provide travellers with greater options and better service, such as increased reliability, more frequent options and faster trip times.
This is why our government is contributing $8M towards VIA Rail’s proposal for High Frequency Rail in the Quebec City-Toronto Corridor. VIA Rail’s light, rapid, comfortable coaches on the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor, an area that accounts for 94 percent of VIA Rail’s ridership, are reaching the end of their useful life and must be replaced.
Budget 2018 proposed funding for Transport Canada to replace VIA Rail’s cars and locomotives for use in the Windsor-Quebec City Corridor as well to support the continued in-depth assessment of VIA Rail’s high frequency rail proposal for the Quebec City-Toronto Corridor.