Siemiatycki comments on High Frequency Rail project

head shot of Matti Siemiatycki

Professor Matti Siemiatycki

UTTRI associated faculty Professor Matti Siemiatycki is quoted in a news article about the Via Rail High Frequency Rail project for the Toronto-Québec City corridor recently announced by the federal government.

He comments on the economic as well as environmental benefits of the planned project, saying “… this project isn’t just about the bottom line. It’s about a long-term commitment to greener transport.”

“The shift to rail is really significant as part of our climate obligations,” said Siemiatycki. “To really reduce our carbon emissions and get to net zero, rail is going to play a role in that.”

“In 2021 … the environmental case is the business case.”

Though other countries have been focusing on high-speed rail, Siemiatycki said the Via Rail project will be far less expensive, and far more practical.

Read “Ottawa to launch procurement for high frequency rail between Quebec City, Toronto,” Toronto Star, July 5, 2021.


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