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Canadian HSR study is a national secret

A favorite tactic of those who selfishly oppose modern sensible transportation is to talk it to death. For example, Texas seems to be a good example of that. In the U. S. almost any region might also serve as a model for procrastination and endless (and meaningless) discussion.

CBC used national laws designed to force government to give up its’ prized secrets. Here is a story about one of those important national secrets.

A report on high-speed Via Rail service in the Toronto-Montreal corridor says it’s time to stop studying the issue and make some decisions.

The report done for Via says the benefits of high-speed rail have been demonstrated repeatedly.

It was obtained by the Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

The document reviews seven major studies since 1984 that examined the feasibility of building the link, at a cost in the range of $11 billion.

It also reports on a 2004 study looking at a similar link between Calgary and Edmonton, estimated to cost $3.4 billion.

Andre Gravelle of the firm UMA Engineering notes every Canadian study to date has concluded significant government investment is needed to build the infrastructure for high-speed rail.

Gravelle cites a 1991 study that indicated almost one-third of high-speed rail passengers would be diverted from the airlines.

He suggests the airline industry helped kill the proposal.

Nah, that could never happen. The airline industry kill a bit of transportation policy that might interfere with its’ greedy interests? Gravelle must be a very suspicious man.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

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