Comment 29555

By ventrems (registered) | Posted March 13, 2009 at 10:06:22

Short-haul trips like Toronto-Montreal, Toronto-Ottawa, Calgary-Edmonton, Toronto-New York, etc (as opposed to Halifax-Vancouver), are more amenable to high speed rail than air. Rail is easier to take (just show up and hop on) and the stations are easier to access than remote airports. The vast majority of travellers prefer rail to air.

Building a high-speed network will reduce the travel time substantially enough to divert air travellers to rail. Not only would this switch have environmental benefits, but it would also increase travel in general (as it would now be easier to hop over to Montreal for lunch, or a Habs game).

In contrast to what some people have been claiming on here, there is no reason Canada can't replicate what is being done in Europe.

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