High Frequency Rail (HFR) involves passenger and freight trains operating on separate lines, vastly improving travel times. VIA Rail’s plan for HFR is to “transform passenger rail service in Canada” by partnering with the federal government to build dedicated electrified rail lines from Toronto to Québec City. This will reduce average travel times by 25% (in the case of a trip from Toronto to Ottawa, that’s about 90 minutes off your ride). This upgrade is the most expensive public infrastructure project that Canada has seen in decades. It is currently in the procurement phase, where VIA is now accepting bids from contractors to take on the job.
VIA is also set to debut a fleet of 32 new trains at the end of 2022 for their Quebec-Windsor corridor. With improvements to accessibility, comfort, and efficiency, the fleet is part of VIA’s modernisation plans for Canadian travel.
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“Canadian Intercity Rail is facing a crisis of reliability and capacity. Forced to run on tracks owned by other companies for the majority of routes means scheduling slots are limited and service can be unreliable. As freight traffic continues to increase, passenger trains get slower and more unreliable, despite increasing demand. VIA Rail's HFR project is critical to ensuring that passenger rail service can increase their attractiveness to travelers by providing the capacity, speed, and reliability that Canadians need.”
- Tim Young, Central Ontario
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