Canada Plans Improvements to Rail Service in Ottawa-Montreal Corridor

By Paul Riegler on 1 August 2015
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The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, seen from the air

The Olympic Stadium in Montreal, seen from the air

The Canadian government and Via Rail, Canada’s national rail passenger service, announced plans to improve the safety and efficiency of the Ottawa-Montreal rail corridor on Friday.

The announcement was made by Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt and Via Rail CEO Yves Desjardins-Siciliano.  The government plans to invest 102 million Canadian dollars ($77.7 million) to support several infrastructure projects to support this effort.

The projects “aim to increase the reliability of the service by reducing delays for users while at the same time improving the safety and accessibility of VIA Rail’s Ottawa-Montreal corridor service,” Transport Canada, the government agency responsible for transportation policies and programs, said in a statement.

The agency also said that the travel time between Ottawa and Montreal would be reduced thanks to the reduction in delays that the infrastructure project will bring about, and that the projects themselves will create more than 2,000 jobs in the next two years.

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