Ontario has taken the next steps necessary for the construction of a historic high-speed rail between Toronto and Windsor that will cut travel times in half.
The train will be Canada’s first high speed rail service intended to provide a faster, greener travel option for commuters, workers, businesses and families in the southwestern section of Ontario. With the train expected to reach speeds of up to 250 km/h, people can expect their commutes between Toronto and Windsor to be reduced from four hours to just two.
The provincial government has submitted a Request for Bids (RFB) this past week to establish the environmental assessment terms of reference for the Kitchener/Waterloo-London stretch of the corridor. Such assessment is necessary to determine: 1) how the project will impact the surrounding environment, 2) how many stations will be built and where, 3) the energy requirements for the project, 4) expected ridership and 5) parking needs.
So far, the train is expected to serve over seven million people, and the stops proposed for it include Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, and Toronto Union Station. Ontario has created a website for the project where people can check on the progress of the project, including any updates with regards to the current environmental assessment.