Province Moving Forward With High Speed Rail Plans
Ontario Government Committed to Improving Public Transit and Creating Jobs
Ontario is moving forward with plans for a high speed rail line that would connect London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto to improve travel options, reduce travel times and support economic development.
The province is committing to finalizing the business case and beginning an environmental assessment for the line by fall 2014. This includes identifying the most appropriate route and examining state-of-the-art transportation technology options to better connect residents and businesses between London and Toronto.
Introducing high speed rail service between London and Toronto is part of the government's long-term transit and infrastructure plan, Moving Ontario Forward. This plan would make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province, including public transit, roads, bridges and highways.
Building modern infrastructure is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.
- With a planned stop at Pearson International Airport, the high speed rail line would better connect southwestern Ontario businesses with the global economy.
- Since October 2003, Ontario has committed approximately $285 million for transit, highway infrastructure, municipal roads and bridges and other municipal capital projects in the City of London.
- The government’s Moving Ontario Forward plan would make nearly $29 billion available over the next 10 years for investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province, including public transit, roads, bridges and highways.
- The government’s funding plan would not increase the tax on gasoline, HST, or personal income taxes on low- and middle-income earners. Further details about this plan will be provided in Ontario’s upcoming Budget.
- Ontario’s 2013 Budget committed $35 billion in investments to modernize infrastructure over three years, supporting more than 100,000 jobs a year.
“High speed rail would help move people safely and efficiently between Toronto and London. This government will provide Ontario families with more travel options and create a more integrated transportation network across the province that will help boost the economy.”
“High speed rail connecting London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto would be a tremendous economic boost to southwest Ontario. It would reduce gridlock, create jobs and help people spend more time with their families and less time on the road.”