The province of Ontario is going ahead with the construction of a high-speed train that would connect Toronto to Windsor. The government released their plans to invest $11 billion into the first phase of the project in the provinces 2018 Budget.
“The best time to build high-speed rail was thirty years ago. The second best time is right now, so we are taking action,” said Premier Kathleen Wynne. “We are going to build this line – because high-speed rail is going to unlock so many benefits for people and businesses across Southwestern Ontario.”
The electric-powered railway that will have trains travelling at speeds up to 250 km per hour will be the first of its kind in Canada. The first phase of the high-speed rail includes stops in Toronto Union Station, Guelph, Kitchener, and London. It is estimated that 73 minutes of travel time will be saved between Toronto and London after the construction of the railway.
The first phase is expected to be completed as early as 2025, with a second phase stretching to Windsor being finished by 2031.