Via Rail to launch process to buy new trains with federal funding announcement
The national passenger rail service says it will launch a request for proposals to get the ball rolling on replacing its fleet in the Quebec City to Windsor, Ont. corridor. Funds were earmarked for the upgrades in the latest federal budget
ETOBICOKE, Ont.—Via Rail is preparing to launch a process to replace aging trains on its main Canadian corridor after federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced funding Monday by the government.
The national passenger service says it will launch a request for qualifications, followed by a request for proposals.
The unspecified funding to replace its fleet in the Quebec City to Windsor corridor was included in the recent federal budget.
Via has said it expects the new trains will be in service by 2022.
They will reduce environmental emissions with more fuel-efficient engines, enhance accessibility for visually, hearing and physically impaired passengers and improve on-time performance from reduced mechanical breakdowns.
Via Rail president Yves Desjardins-Siciliano said in a news release that the funding will improve service by ensuring there is sustained uninterrupted access along the busy rail corridor.
The budget also earmarked $8 million for Transport Canada to conduct economic analysis on a proposed high-frequency rail between Quebec City and Toronto.