Thursday, April 15, 2010

Canadian advocates: Ontario-Quebec HSR study delayed

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Rail advocacy group High Speed Rail Canada says it “has discovered that The Governments of Québec, Ontario and Canada feasibility study for high speed rail (HSR) in the Québec City-Windsor corridor completion has been delayed.”

The study is being done to update the previous 1995 study on the Ontario-Quebeccorridor. The EcoTrain Consortium, which includes Dessau, MMM Group (formerly Marshall Macklin Monaghan Limited), KPMG, Wilbur Smith & Associates, andDeutsche Bahn International (DB International), were awarded the C$3 million contract in February 2009.

High Speed Rail Canada says the study was to be completed by now but such is not the case.  The group says thataccording to Bob Nichols, communications branch, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the study is moving forward but is not complete due to unexpected complications. Nichols was unable to give a date when the study will be completed, the group says.

Paul Langan, founder of High Speed Rail Canada, said in a statement, "It is truly unfortunate that the consultants could not complete the study within the timeframes identified in the study. However, we do not have to wait for this study to be completed to commit to high speed rail in Canada. Thirty years of previous studies have stated that high speed rail is viable option between Ontario and Quebec.”