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Ontario economic advisers know that smart infrastructure = rail

Not sure any level of our governmental structure has quite realized this yet. In the Canadian province of Ontario, a report commissioned by the government’s economic advisers has suggested that a high-speed rail network is key to tackling both the environmental crisis and the economic slowdown. From the Toronto Star:

Written by a team of civil engineers at the University of Toronto, the report estimates the total cost of infrastructure work at up to $27.5 billion. But they say their recommendations address the two most pressing issues today – global warming and global recession.

The report proposes 560 kilometres of high-speed electric track that runs from Toronto north to Orillia, east to Peterborough and west to a corridor that includes Waterloo, Hamilton and Niagara Falls. It would take at least a decade to build and cost anywhere from $4 billion to $20 billion, depending on the route and technology chosen.

The rail system would help create a high-density “mega-region” by improving transportation and attracting what the report calls well-paid “creative” jobs, such as those in aerospace, finance and telecommunications.

Of course, this plan means very little at the moment. It has yet to be endorsed by the Premier of Ontario, but it’s the kind of forward-thinking proposal that seems lacking in American transportation thought. It creates immediate jobs, it attracts high-tech companies, it prepares the country for a more sustainable future. This is a stark contrast to what Obama has shown us so far. As Streetsblog points out, he apparently thinks you can have a “green dream team” without including the Secretary of Transportation. Whoops.

Filed under: International High Speed Rail

2 Responses

  1. Marcel Sustar says:

    Why not reactvate the old newmarket subdivsion through Barrie to Orillia as a alternate to driving,same with Stouffville on the Uxbridge Subdivsion,have the line go through Uxbridge to Lindsay,and on to Peterborogh like it used to do in the eighties?I don,t understand in this day and age of high petrolum prices?

  2. Marcel Sustar says:

    Use biodiesel,those area,s too snowy for electric!

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