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Report Urges Creation of High-speed Rail Network for Ontario

The report proposes 560 kilometres of high-speed electric track, as well as shift to plug-in hybrid cars.

Published: 21-Dec-2008

A multi-billion-dollar high-speed rail system that links cities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is crucial to Ontario's long-term economic success, according to a report commissioned by economic advisers to the premier.

The report also calls on the Ontario government to consider leading the way in the switch from gasoline-powered cars to plug-in hybrid vehicles. As a possible target, it proposes that 25 per cent of all vehicles on the roads be plug-in hybrids by the year 2021 – requiring a major expansion of the province's energy infrastructure.

Written by a team of civil engineers at the University of Toronto, the report estimates the total cost of infrastructure work at up to $27.5 billion. But they say their recommendations address the two most pressing issues today – global warming and global recession.


Pictured is computer 3D visualization of proposed San Francisco Transbay high-speed rail terminal. The House bill, approved 311-104, cites the Northeast corridor as one for which the Transportation Department might consider high-speed proposals, but the legislation adds that other projects might be considered as well.

Rail travel produces more than a third less emissions than road transport. Pictured is yard switcher being converted by Rail Power to hybrid-fuel cell power.

Italy pioneered some of Europe's first high-speed rail lines.

New high-speed rail lines all over Europe are giving airlines serious competition.


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