A high-speed rail corridor in southern Ontario is “exactly what our economy needs,” Premier Kathleen Wynne says.
Wynne officially announced plans for a high-speed rail line from Toronto to Windsor Friday morning, with stops in Kitchener-Waterloo and London, by 2025.
“This is an idea that has been around for a very long time,” Wynne said during the announcement in London. “We decided it was time to take a serious look at an idea that’s been around for decades.”
Wynne said seven million people live along the corridor between Toronto and Windsor and the current transportation options just aren’t good enough.
“This is where our economy thrives, is along that corridor,” she said. “It’s exactly what our economy needs.”
The project would use a combination of existing track and new rail lines dedicated to the high-speed train, officials told CBC News. It would include stops in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London and Chatham, and connect to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
High-speed rail a ‘game changer’
London Mayor Matt Brown praised the project, saying it will cut Toronto commute times in half for residents of his city. It’s estimated the train would take 73 minutes to get from London to Union Station in Toronto.
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, who has been joined by Toronto Mayor John Tory in touting an innovation corridor between the two cities, said he was excited for what high-speed rail will mean for Waterloo region.
“I think this kind of infrastructure announcement, quite frankly, is transformational for the region in terms of becoming a global, technology super-cluster,” he told CBC News.
“I think the province recognizes that, if we’re going to compete in a global economy, investing in this kind of infrastructure – long overdue in Canada – is an important part of where…