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Oct 06

Public Release of Ministerial Mandate Letters

By TAO-admin | Highways & Bridges , Interurban Rail and Bus , Latest News , Northern Ontario , Ontario , Press Releases and Open Letters , Urban Transit

On October 6, 2018, Transport Action Ontario issued the following letter to Premier Ford, urging public release of the  mandate letters that are sent to all ministries. The letter can be viewed here:  TAO-LettertoFord-mandateletter2018-09 On October 6, 2018, Transport Action Ontario issued the following letter to Premier Ford, urging public release of the  mandate letters […]

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Oct 02

Would you want to ride in a 70-year old bus or in a 70-year old plane?

By admin | Documents , Interurban Rail and Bus , National News , Newsletters , Topics

So why should VIA be stuck with 70-year-old trains?

Canada is the only G7 nation that has not seen significant capital funding in intercity passenger rail in a generation. Since 2000, Via has only received a total of $1.6 billion (2017 dollars) for capital investments. In comparison, the United Kingdom spends more than that on passenger rail capital projects each year… ( Click here for The Ottawa Citizen’s story from May 2017 ) The last time VIA was able to buy new, purpose-built equipment was in the early 1980s.

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Nov 07

Rail advocates outraged by Garneau announcement

By admin | Media Releases , National News

“With climate change on everyone’s mind, and transportation causing a huge percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, smart solutions are needed,” says the public transportation advocacy group’s president Bruce Budd. “And the smartest solution of all is the rail network we already have. Except for a brief passing reference to a feasibility study of high frequency rail service linking Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal, why has Minister Garneau virtually ignored VIA Rail Canada in his 2030 Vision?”

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