Canada sets biggest rail infrastructure ‘in decades’ in motion

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The Canadian Ministry of Transport launched a Request for Expressions of Interest for the so-called High Frequency Rail project last week, which the government labels “the largest transportation infrastructure project that Canada has seen in decades.”

The High Frequency Rail project calls for fast and frequent rail services between the cities of Québec, Trois-Rivières, Ottawa Peterborough and Toronto. The private sector has until May 2022 to submit its advice and views. The ministry called upon national railway company VIA Rail and representatives of the Indigenous Peoples specifically for their input and participation.

“High Frequency Rail is a transformational project that promises to fundamentally change the way Canadians travel in southern Ontario and Quebec, improving accessibility, and providing more travel flexibility”, minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said of the call.

“High Frequency Rail is an infrastructure project with a size and scope that is unprecedented in modern Canadian history, which is why we are seeking to leverage the advice and views of private sector companies with concrete experience in designing and implementing complex infrastructure projects across the world”, Public Services and and Procurement minister Filomena Tassi added.

The Canadian government will be issuing a Request for Qualifications later this year, followed by a Request for Proposals in the spring of 2023. The start of operations of the High Frequency Rail project is tentatively scheduled for 2030.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

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