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Old August 10th, 2007, 03:36 AM   #1
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CANADA | High Speed Rail

Here's the full story...

http://www.metronews.ca/story_local.aspx?id=67804
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Old August 10th, 2007, 11:44 AM   #2
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Heh... metronews.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 12:05 PM   #3
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I'm surprised it'd be between Calgary and Edmonton while the much heavier-populated corridor from Windsor-Toronto-Montreal can't sustain one.
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Isn't VIA already there?
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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:27 PM   #5
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Isn't VIA already there?
VIA is not high speed rail.
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I know that... But atleast there is rail service. There is absolutely no rail service between Calgary and Edmonton.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 02:23 PM   #7
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Would be nice to eventually see an Edmonton-Calgary-Vancouver-Seattle high-speed rail link. It would definiitely be one of the most scenic journeys in the world!
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Old August 12th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #8
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I don't think one between Calgary and Vancouver will happen anytime soon. We might have it go up to Fort McMurray - or if Saskatchewan's population booms once again, one to Regina and Saskatoon will happen.
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one from Vancouver to Calgary would be quite expensive with all those mountains, if at all possible.......and not to mention bloody expensive. i wouldn't be surprised if it cost more than a hundred billion with all those geological issues.
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Between Munich and Venice there is only one mountain range. Between Calgary and Vancouver, there is at least 3 mountain ranges.
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Between Munich and Venice there is only one mountain range. Between Calgary and Vancouver, there is at least 3 mountain ranges.
yea, precisely.....and the biggest of them all, the Rockies.

maybe we could lure all the Chinese again to build the high-speed railway just like how we got them to build the Pacific railroad in the 1800's. Cheap labour.
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Yeah, wishful thinking. Hey, why not get the Japanese or Swiss to built you a 500km tunnel?
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Yeah, wishful thinking. Hey, why not get the Japanese or Swiss to built you a 500km tunnel?
Well the Japanese built the longest rail tunnel in the world, why not do it again? Anyway, I'm surprised that a high-speed link between Windsor and Ottawa has never been developed, maybe even a connection to Detriot.
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No wonder this very thread itself had been listed at the bottom of my "high speed" thread search here in this forum For the record

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No wonder this very thread itself had been listed at the bottom of my "high speed" thread search here in this forum For the record
Damn, you beat me to it! This vid really says it all
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So, If a true TGV type of HSR line connected Toronto - Ottawa - Montreal. If a speed of 300km/hr was maintained, the trip would be a total of 3 hours, with Toronto to Ottawa being 2 hours and Ottawa to Montreal in 1 hour.

If the tickets were priced at a slightly higher price than than airfare, would it be able to make a profit and draw enough people to it?

I know that the TGV line has a double decker trainset so there is no issue with enough space.
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It would likely need to be priced no higher than airline tickets to be take some of that traffic. Pricing it the same would give it a tiny advantage in that trains typically travel right into a city centre, planes do not. There's a cost getting from the airport to downtown so the advantage would be the cab ride price plus travel time.

That said, it would take a lot of political will to get HSR approved in Canada. Extending the line to Windsor in the west and Quebec City in the east is likely imperative.
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It would likely need to be priced no higher than airline tickets to be take some of that traffic. Pricing it the same would give it a tiny advantage in that trains typically travel right into a city centre, planes do not. There's a cost getting from the airport to downtown so the advantage would be the cab ride price plus travel time.

That said, it would take a lot of political will to get HSR approved in Canada. Extending the line to Windsor in the west and Quebec City in the east is likely imperative.
To me it makes perfect sense to build it: flat terrain, large and wealthy population, heck the Canadian corridor is a perfect candidate for HSR by any book. It would cost a lot, sure, but it would greatly ease travel on the corridor.
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In that case, might as well as let Bombardier supply the rolling stock, nothing like building local.
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