A new high speed rail stop planned for
The provincial government announced plans Friday to build a high speed rail line between
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement on Friday, with press conferences in
Guelph MPP Liz Sandals said the province "absolutely" sees high speed rail as a commuter service complementing the upcoming improvements to GO Train service for Guelph.
"The majority of people that would use this service would be commuters," said Sandals. "That's who it's meant for."
She said high speed rail will strengthen employement opportunities as well as the agritech and biotech industries.
"This is huge," added Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie. "This is going to unlock a lot of opportunities for the city."
The first phase of the project would see high speed rail, which would reach speeds of 250 km/h, installed between
Cost of the entire project is currently estimated at around $21 billion, the province said Friday.
The first phase of the project is a $15 million environmental assessment of the corridor to be used. That would take up to four years to complete.
The project would use the existing corridor to
Sandals also pointed out that these plans do not affect currently plans to implement all-day GO Train service to
Sandals said it is hard to put an exact dollar figure on the price of the project at this point because much isn't known until the environmental assessment, which will include some planning, is complete.
"The numbers will change," she said. "Will the dollars evolve? I'm sure they will."
The provincial report recommending
Guthrie said originally
The business community, technology community, the development community and the
This announcement will also have a ripple effect on how
Planning, parking and city transit will all need to be considered as the high-speed rail becomes reality, Guthrie said.
"We are going to have to look at what infrastructure are we going to have to pull our socks up on," Guthrie said. "We need to buckle down."
The province's final report on high speed rail recommending