The federal budget came out today and in it was proposed funding to replace VIA Rail’s cars and locomotives for use in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, though amounts were not released due to “an upcoming procurement. Good news for VIA Rail.
Thankfully there was no decision on their High Frequency, Sharbot Lake Express Rail idea. It is hard to imagine a government approving this regressive non solution plan to VIA Rails continuing ridership debacle. Consider that VIA Rail has lost more than half of its ridership since 1981 from 8 million to 3.97 million riders in 2016.