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    General railway discussions

    To put things into perspective, Pembrooke has a CA population of 24k, which places it between Cobourg (21k) and Brockville (31k), amongst the cities it serves in the Corridor. VIA terminates trains at neither station (the smallest Corridor terminus city is Sarnia with only a single daily train...
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    General railway discussions

    The issue is the lack of space for building a pre-clearence facility and sealed off platform at Union Station. The only solution I see to making convenient cross-border services to NYC and Chicago viable is to build border facilities in Buffalo (would necessitate crossing the border at Fort...
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Why don’t you quickly present and summarize their plan, so that we have a foundation for such discussion?
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    This thread is called “Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor” and thus deliberately placed beyond the normal geographic focus of the “Urban Toronto” forum. There is no excuse for obsessing about your pet projects while drowning all discussions about those...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    I think it’s pretty clear that Mme Plante has something substantially different from the REM in mind when she contemplates about “Trams”, but my entire point was that that doesn’t necessarily mean Toronto-style streetcars either. After all, Toronto is moving away from these classic tramways…
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    I think it’s rather telling that only after 39 pages of imposing ever-circling Sudbury-centric discussions on us, you suddenly discover that there actually are currently unserved passenger rail corridors in this country which would link large population centres over a distance highly suitable...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Allowing the REM to build the way it was build was indeed a brutal attempt of strategic planning with a sledgehammer, but given that experience, I struggle to blame anyone who didn’t want to take a second chance of blindly adopting one of the CDPQ’s brainchildren… I would take “Tram” as...
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Correct, but unfortunately there seems to be a strong inverse relationship between how viable a potential rail service would be and how interested you are in allowing us to have any focussed discussion about it…
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    I believe it has been so eversince the CDPQi abandoned the project more than a year ago…
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    It’s maintaining rail service where it currently is and expanding it where there is an actual demand and economic rationale for expanding it over investing in an alternative mode (or no mode at all). Simple as that…
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    It always strikes me how many of the people with which we discuss here don‘t grasp that transit/rail investments are not about solving traffic, but to provide alternatives which progressively turn „being stuck in traffic“ into a lifestyle choice. That‘s exactly what urban conglomerations in the...
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    For what it‘s worth, the 25th-largest city in Germany is Mönchengladbach, a city even most Germans have only ever heard of because it happens to host a Bundesliga team and which hasn’t been served by Intercity trains in decades, only regional trains which link it with something which Sudbury...
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    VIA can of course insist that minimum track maintenance levels and speed limits are contractually guaranteed with legally enforceable penalties in the case of non-conformance with these minimum standards. However, CN would still be able to counter such efforts by either refusing to sign such a...
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    VIA Rail

    Not sure whether you mean Environmental Assesment Studies or just Building Permits, but VIA certainly isn’t excempt from the latter…
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    When the Chaleur still operated, it operated at the same days as the Ocean. I don’t believe that it would be reasonable to expect anything else when it resumes…
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Quick reminder that there is the RAC Map and then there is Google Street View: https://maps.app.goo.gl/d4NnUbws77pJt6P7A?g_st=ic
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Sure, the only reason these trains originate in Montreal rather than Shawinigan, Quebec City (if the tracks still existed) or Trois-Rivières is the lack of a maintenance facility in any of these smaller cities. Same thing for the Churchill train terminating in Winnipeg rather than The Pas…
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Quick reminder that the point of the Jonquiérre and Senneterre is to provide service north of Rivière-la-Prierre and west of La Tuque (both happen to be the first station after the train splits at Hervey Junction). Almost nobody (except rail fans) takes these trains from Montreal, as a starting...
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    VIA Rail

    By that flawed logic, VIA would not be allowed to charge more than the marginal fuel costs of transporting the body weight of each individual passenger. Marginal costs incurred per additional passenger are mostly nonexistent in the transportation industry and thus almost irrelevant for pricing...
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    VIA Rail

    And none of those whining now seem to acknowledge that this change only affects those passengers which deliberately chose to book in the cheapest („Escape“) fare, rather than spend an extra $10 or so on a fare which would not just offer them conplimentary seat selection, but also flexibility in...

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