February 14, 2018

Collenette to chair Ontario high-speed rail board

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Collenette to chair Ontario high-speed rail board Stephen C. Host

THE Province of Ontario has appointed former Canadian federal transport minister Mr David Collenette as chair of the Ontario High Speed Rail Planning Advisory board, which will oversee the development of plans for a high-speed line linking Toronto with Windsor.

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation appointed Collenette as its special advisor on high-speed rail in October 2015. His report subsequently concluded that there is a positive business case for Canada’s first high-speed line, which will combine upgrading of existing lines with dedicated new infrastructure designed for operation at up to 250km/h.

As chair of the planning board, Collenette will continue to provide strategic support and advise the government on the scheme.

Last year Ontario allocated $C 15m ($US 12m) to carry out a detailed environmental assessment for the project.


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