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Southwestern Ontario deserves a high-speed rail EA that considers all options
August 24, 2018
Southwestern Ontario deserves a high-speed rail EA that considers all options

High-performance rail  (HPR) offers advantages over high-speed rail (HSR) that should be considered for the proposed Toronto-Windsor high-speed rail corridor


Originally posted April 19, 2018 | Updated August 24, 2018

Oxford County continues to advocate for strong transportation links that ensure the economic sustainability of the region.

Oxford County believes the Province of Ontario's Environmental Assessment (EA) for its High-Speed Rail (HSR) proposal along the Toronto-Windsor corridor shows an implied preference that is contrary to the intent of the environmental process and that ignores a viable alternative worthy of consideration.

Fast, frequent and affordable intercity rail passenger service— High-Performance Rail (HPR)— is at the core of many integrated public transportation systems now operating in thriving regions around the world. Coupled with inter-community transportation connections, this regional transportation option offers:

  • Higher-than-conventional speeds that shorten travel time and allow for greater frequency in service;

  • Emphasis on existing infrastructure that lowers costs and shortens implementation timelines;

  • Less adverse impacts on the environment and on communities.

Download the brief, "Southwestern Ontario deserves a High-Speed Rail EA that considers all options," January 2018
 

 

 

New: Connecting Southwestern Ontario

 

Read the regional transportation document, Connecting Southwestern Ontario: Taking the Southwestern regional transportation discussion further, for an overview of Oxford County’s advocacy. Download

 

 

Advocating for greater consultation for Ontario's high-speed rail proposal

 

April 30, 2018

Warden David Mayberry and CAO Peter Crockett submit briefing notes to the Green Party of Ontario, the Ontario New Democratic Party, and the Ontario Progressive Conservatice Party, requesting the parties adopt the position that a full and comparative assessment of alternatives to High Speed Rail must be considered within the High Speed Rail Environmental Assessment. Read the briefing notes: Letter to Green Party of Ontario | Letter to Ontario New Democratic Party | Letter to Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
 

April 19, 2018

Warden David Mayberry and CAO Peter Crockett submit a briefing note through Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman and Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece asking the Ontario PC Party to adopt the position that a full and comparative assessment of alternatives to High Speed Rail must be considered within the High Speed Rail Environmental Assessment. Read the briefing note
    

March 23, 2018

Warden David Mayberry reiterates by letter Oxford County's position that a comprehensive EA for Ontario's high speed rail (HSR) proposal should encompass a full and comparative assessment of alternatives, including optimizing existing rail corridors to high-performance rail (HPR) operating standard. Read the letter
 
   

January 18, 2018: Letter to Premier and Ministers

Warden David Mayberry issues a letter and brief to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Chris Ballard, and Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry outlining the County’s concerns about the Environmental Assessment for the Toronto-Windsor high-speed rail (HSR) proposal. Specifically, the County asks:

  • that the Environmental Assessment consider all options and alternatives; and,
  • that high-performance rail is considered as one of these options, having already demonstrated its effectiveness and efficiency as a core component of many integrated public transportation systems around the world.

Read the letter, "High Speed Rail (HSR) Environmental Assessment," January 18, 2018

Read the response from Minister of Transportation, Kathryn McGarry, May 11, 2018

 

 

Other resources

 

New Directions: Advancing Southwestern Ontario's Public Transportation Opportunities

Empowering Ontario’s Short Line Railways

Steel Corridors of Opportunity: Maximizing the Benefits of Southwestern Ontario's Freight Railways

SouthwestLynx: Integrated High-Performance Transportation for Southwestern Ontario


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