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Poll: Canadians support HSR, government backing

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief

A poll conducted for the Railway Association of Canada found that 86% of those surveyed would either “strongly” or “somewhat” support establishment of high speed rail in Canada.

The survey, conducted by Ottawa-based EKOS Research Associates, Inc., surveyed 1,647 Canadians, 16 years old and older, from Oct. 23 to Oct 28 for the poll that was released last week at a North American HSR summit organized by the association, which represents companies and stakeholders in the Canadian railroad industry. The association held the conference to raise awareness of HSR opportunities.

The poll also found that 68% of respondents said all levels of government should be involved in funding high speed rail; 29% said the federal government should provide funding by itself, while 3% said it should be solely up to provincial governments.