HIGH SPEED RAIL
350 km high-speed rail system between Toronto and Windsor, with stops in Kitchener, Guelph, London and Chatham. Price tag: about $20 billion. Full system could be running by 2031. Rural residents concerned about rail lines running through their farms and truncating roads, especially for emergency services. farmers and rural politicians.
“I guess I find it disappointing that there would be opposition to it when we’re in that planning phase,” she said. “We’re committed to doing it right.”
Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton (LambtonKent-Middlesex) is skeptical.
“I’ve long said that the promise of high-speed rail is yet another election ploy,” he said.
Though he sees the value of a rail system that could reduce congestion on the 400-series highways and offer “opportunities,” McNaughton said he heard rising resistance from farmers in his riding this summer.
Bradley thinks the project is decades away from completion.
“It’s a mammoth undertaking,” he said. “When you look at how these systems are developed elsewhere, they usually run in conjunction with existing transportation corridors. Here they just seem to want to slice through the countryside,” Bradley said.