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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)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Press Release: High Speed Rail Canada Social in Toronto February 7th 2015

High Speed Rail Canada will be having a social for all supporters of high speed rail in Toronto February 7th, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at The Overdraught Irish Pub.
WireService.ca Press Release (02/02/2015) -High Speed Rail Canada Social in Toronto February 7th 2015 :: Wire Service Media High Speed Rail Canada (HSRC) is Canada's only advocacy group dedicated to promoting the modernization of passenger rail in Canada.
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On Saturday February 7th 2015 Paul Langan, founder of HSRC, will be in Toronto to meet with supporters of high speed rail and socialize at The Overdraught Irish Pub at 156 Front Street West Toronto from 2-4pm. The pub is conveniently located one block from Union Station for people to be able to arrive by transit.
High Speed Rail Canada's mandate is to educate people on the benefits of modern passenger rail. They do it through their website, Youtube channel, Facebook, Twitter ;@HSRCanada, public educational sessions and informal sessions like the one planned in Toronto..
Paul Langan, states, "I want to encourage everyone to come out have a beverage and talk high speed trains in the relaxed environment of The Overdraught Irish Pub. I will be taking the only VIA Rail passenger day train from Kitchener to Toronto and back. This scarcity of passenger rail service and the associated high fares to take it are a stark reminder of just how poor passenger rail service is in Canada."
To learn more about High Speed Rail Canada go to their website,http://www.highspeedrailcanada.com, email at highspeedrailcanada(at)yahoo.ca facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/groups/highspeedrailcanada or call Paul Langan at 519-654-0089
For more information on The Overdraught Irish Pub visit their website athttp://www.theoverdraught.ca/.

Plan unveiled in Sarnia for regional transportation improvements

Not high speed but a group working hard to improve passenger rail service to Sarnia and area.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

"LET'S TALK TRAINS" TORONTO February 7th, 2015

On February 7th, Saturday from 2-4pm, I would like to invite anyone interested in high speed rail for a social at The Overdraught Pub in Toronto at 156 Front Street West. I look forward to meeting everyone on Saturday. Please share this blog.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Twenty Ontario Quebec High Speed Rail Studies - Do you know more?

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Well Rick Mercer's fantastic video clip about Canada being a leader in high speed rail studies made me think. Exactly how many Ontario - Quebec high speed rail studies have been done? Here is the list that we have come up. Feel free to add your comments at the bottom identify the studies we have missed.

1. 1970 - Inter-City Passenger Transport Study - Canadian Transport Commission

2. 1980 - Alternative to Air: A Feasibility Concept for the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Corridor  - Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transportation on behalfd of the Transportation Centre of Transport Canada.

3. 1984 - High Speed Passenger Rail in Canada, VIA Rail Canada

4. 1989 - Review of Passenger Rail Transportation in Canada, VIA Rail Canada,

5. 1989 - Pre-feasibility Study of High Speed Rail Services in the Quebec-Montreal- Ottawa/Hull-Toronto Corridor, Bombardier

6. 1990 - Sprintor, Pre-feasibility Study, Windsor-Quebec Rail Corridor, ABB Canada Inc.

7. 1991 - Ontario/Quebec Rapid Train Task Force, Ontario and Quebec Governments

8. 1991 - High Speed Rail Market Assessment - Air Canada/CP Rail

9. 1992 - Fast Tracks - Options for High Speed Rail in Canada - VIA Rail

10. 1994 - 1994 Improving a Fragile Linear Logit Model Specified for High Speed Rail Demand Analysis in the Quebec-Windsor Corridor of Canada - University of Montreal

11. 1995 - Quebec-Ontario High Speed Rail Project - Government of Canada, Ontario and Quebec Governments

12. 1995 - Quebec- Ontario High Speed Rail Project- Industrial Strategy Study - Simpson Guerin Consordium

13. 1998 - Lynx High Speed Rail System - Consordium - Alstom, SNC-Lavellin, Bombardier, and Others

14. 1995 - Joint Study of High Speed Rail Ridership and Revenues - Air Canada/CP Rail

15. 2002 - VIAFast- VIA Rail Canada

16. 2003 - High Speed Passenger Rail Analysis - Environmental and Socio- Economic Impacts - IBI Group for Transport Canada

17. 2009 - Infrastructure and the Economy: Future directions for Ontario - Martin Prosperity Institute (includes section on High Speed Rail)

18. 2010 - Socio economic Study of High Speed Rail implementation on the Quebec – Windsor– (Detroit – Chicago) Corridor for the cities of Quebec, Montreal, Laval, London, Toronto, Windsor and Montreal Metropolitan Community - SNCF International

19. 2011 - Updated Feasibility Study of a High Speed Rail Service Quebec City-Windsor - EcoTrains for Ministry of Transport Ontario,Quebec and Transport Canada

20. 2014 - Toronto - Kitchener - London, Ontario High Speed Rail - Pre-feasibility Study for the Ontario Ministy of Transportation