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Monday, April 20, 2015

Japan's Maglev Train Has Broken It's Own Record Twice in Two Weeks!

Lastw eek Japan broke it's own high speed rail record with a 590km/hr. speed. Now today it is aiming to travel at 600 km/hr . Meanwhile back in Canada Primer Minister Harper refuses to invest in any high speed rail projects even with countries like China looking to do business here.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 SWORTA Passenger Rail and Bus Service Action Plan

Not high speed rail but a practical plan for affordable and convenient public transportation in Southwestern Ontario. Network Southwest, a plan researched and prepared by On Track Strategies for SWOTA, its member groups, and supporting municipalities, is a blueprint for reviving Southwestern Ontario’s public transportation system that can be implemented rapidly.

Southwestern Ontario’s Passenger Rail and Bus Service Action Plan Prepared by Greg Gormick On Track Strategies March 2015 is available to view here: Please visit their website to learn more. http://www.swota.ca/

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Is the Light Coming On At Via Rail? - Gauging Interest in New Line – VIA wants $3B for commuter track.

It was December 2014 when VIA Rail Chief Executive Yves Desjardins-Siciliano gave an interview with the Globe and Mail that probably made his political masters happy but rail fans and High Speed Rail Canada highly criticized the interview.

Now it seems Desjardins-Siciliano is starting to realize the extent of VIA's problems. Although he still refuses to acknowledge the need for a VIA Rail Act and Regulations he has stated that the current situation with CN and CP sharing existing track does not work and dedicated track is needed.

The news from Desjardins-Siciliano about the need for dedicated commuter track ($3billion) in the Toronto-Montreal corridor was released on March 12th, 2015. It seems to have gotten limited media hits. According to Google News Alerts only the Saskatoon Phoenix picked the story up and it was largely ignored everywhere else.

Perhaps the most insulting part of the article is CN's response to the problems they cause for VIA Rail. It reads, CN "has a close working relationship with the passenger carrier and considers it a valuable customer," spokesman Mark Hallman said in an email. The railway "continues to invest in additional rail capacity where necessary to accommodate growing freight traffic and to promote greater network fluidity and efficiency for all traffic." A great nothing quote from a railway company mired in almost monthly freight derailments.

We know Desjardins-Siciliano has been abroad looking for foreign companies to partner on such a project. We also know that the Chinese government are very serious about investing in passenger rail in Canada although high speed rail is their preference.

As for the $3 billion estimate to build the line, we at HSRC are not sure where that number came from. The idea of having average speed trains run on time would be a big win for passenger rail in Canada.

We should no more soon, on March 16, 2015, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was to share his vision for the future of VIA Rail at the Canadian Club of Montreal. Unfortunately, the VIA Rail website has not been updated yet (8 days later!) but here is where the speech will be whenever VIA gets around to updating their site.

It remains to be seen when Desjardins-Siciliano presents his plan to Mr. Harper, who has no plans for passenger rail in this country, how it will be perceived. Stay tuned!

Sunday, March 15, 2015


For fans of the North Main LIne, Toronto-Ktichener- London-Sarnia not a high speed rail study but interesting business case about increasing passenger rail frequencies on the line. From 2006. By UMA/AECOM http://tinyurl.com/UMA2006

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Canadian Pension Fund Buys 30% Into UK’s Eurostar High-Speed Rail Network

Canadian pension fund manager, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has bought 30 percent controllership stake into Eurostar International -- the high-speed rail network that links London and Paris, as well as London and Brussels.
The U.K. government has 40 percent holding in the rail company. Apart from Caisse, British asset manager Hermes Infrastructure will acquire the remaining 10 percent through a consortium called Patina Rail LLC. Caisse’s purchase translates to some £440 million ($850-million).
The British government wanted to divest its shares in the Eurostar International to raise enough case that could help reduce national debt. It was hoped the sell-off could raise at least £300 million. The total transaction value of the Caisse and Hermes purchase is believed to reach £757 million, according to theGlobe and Mail.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


THURSDAY Ottawa High Speed Rail Canada Social  Feb 26th at 7pm - 9pm at the Lieutenants Pump! Bring a Friend. No speeches just sitting around talking trains and having a beverage! Free!

Monday, February 16, 2015

High Speed Rail Canada Social n Ottawa February 26th, Lieutenants Pump Pub

Lets Talk Trains OTTAWA, February 26th, 7-9pm Lieutenants Pump British Pub, 361 Elgin Street with HSRC Founder Paul Langan. Come on out high speed rail supporters!

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High Speed Rail Canada Press Release Supports VIA Rail Act Bill C-640

High Speed Rail Canada officially announced support for MP Philip Toone's introduction of Bill C-640, An Act respecting Via Rail Canada and making consequential amendments to the Canada Transportation Act into the House of Commons.
WireService.ca Press Release (02/16/2015) Cambridge, ON, - High Speed Rail Canada is Canada's only national advocacy group promoting the introduction of high speed rail since 2008.
Philip Toone, New Democrat MP for Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on February 20th is introducing into the House of Commons Bill C-640 a Private Member's Bill C-640, An Act respecting Via Rail Canada and making consequential amendments to the Canada Transportation Act.
According to Mr Toone, the bill will:
  • Increase VIA Rail's efficiency by granting passenger trains priority over freight trains.
  • Give Canadians access to reliable passenger service by requiring VIA Rail to seek approval from Parliament before eliminating service routes.
  • Help VIA Rail realize its potential as an economic engine by fostering partnerships with municipalities and the tourism industry.
  • This bill would also establish a clear mandate for VIA Rail and clarify its role in providing national public rail services that are safe, adequate and efficient.

High Speed Rail Canada Founder Paul Langan states, " The lack of legislation to protect, promote and enhance VIA Rail is the fundamental reason that VIA is not a viable option for most Canadians. We strongly support the introduction, passing and implementation of Bill C-640."
High Speed Rail Canada has posted Bill C-640 and previous unsuccessful Bills on it's Google Drive site.
Visit the High Speed Rail Canada website for more information on the organization and their mandate. Keep in touch with them via Twitter - @HSRCanada. Contact Paul Langan 519-654-0089

Friday, February 6, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: High Speed Rail Canada (HSRC) Founder Paul Langan in Toronto February 7th, 2015

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High Speed Rail Canada (HSRC) Founder Paul Langan in Toronto February 7th, 2015

What: HSRC are having a social at The Overdraught Pub,Toronto, ON.

Who: High Speed Rail Canada started in 2008. It is the only national advocacy group educating Canadians on the benefits of modern passenger rail service. Paul Langan has been doing passenger rail advocacy for over two decades.

Why: To raise awareness on high speed rail and to form a network of people interested in the topic.

Who Should Attend: Anyone who is interested in improving passenger rail service in Canada.

When: 2 to 4pm, Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Where: The Overdraught Pub, 156 Front Street West, Toronto, ON. Right near Union Station. It is a transit friendly location.

Media Contact:

Paul Langan
Founder High Speed Rail Canada (2008)