Published 07/05/2021 4:32 pm
The government will soon begin the procurement process to build a separate route connecting Quebec to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. (Photo: Getty Images)
The federal government is preparing to announce a new high-frequency rail corridor to improve relations between Ontario and some major cities in Quebec.
Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said in a video posted on social media on Monday that the government would begin the procurement process to build a separate route connecting Quebec City to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
The new trains are expected to “transform” the corridor between these cities at speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour.
Minister Alghabra is expected to make another announcement on Tuesday in Trois – Rivieres, Mauritius.
Former Transport Minister Mark Garnio has previously announced a commitment of more than $ 71 million from the federal government in 2019 for the high-frequency rail project.
VIA Rail said the project aims to separate passenger and freight train operations to increase passenger and freight capacity.