All aboard! Wynne to pay big bucks for high-speed train wreck

A high-speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor is in the works — an idea floated in Ontario for decades, but the premier says this time it’s happening.

A government-commissioned report looking at the feasibility of such a project pegs the cost around $20 billion and suggests looking to the private sector for opportunities to partner on funding.

Preliminary design work and a $15-million environmental assessment are beginning, with an aim of full service in 2031.

  • Reader

    She must have been watching The Simpsons.

  • The Butterfly

    Useless, useless, useless!

  • Exile1981

    a high speed train, she’s only bringing it up because california is building a useless one as well.

    • We are keeping up with the useless for appearances sake.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Funny thing, that.
      I’m pro-American.
      I wish I was an American citizen.
      And I still eagerly await our Trumpian overlords.
      Here comes the but:
      In the sixties they built ranch style houses in the suburbs and people bought them because of fashion.
      But the smartest thing to do in a Winnipeg winter is not to build a house where all the heat rises to the ceiling.
      Self driving electric cars cannot beat our climate.
      The laws of physics exist because of God.
      Not Shaytun.

  • ontario john

    Fifty million dollars to do an environmental study first! Wow, what a great way to grease the palms of her buddies in Toronto, before she gets tossed out on her ass. She is a genius. And the people that voted for her are morons.

  • Bla Bla

    Windsor to Toronto? WTF? Windsor will cease to exist once the automotive manufacturers leave due to wynne’s insane business environment of high taxes, high energy costs, and high regulations.

  • Jaedo Drax

    There are a finite number of routes that can be taken to go the path that she is spending the $15 million on the environmental assessment. In one of the routes, there are more than 160 crossings that will require grade separation (tunnel or bridge). A good portion of it is also single track.

    In order to make this work, all of the crossings need grade separation, and you can only run the high speed train on a dedicated track if you want any sort of speed. Plus, you can’t have any small radius turns, nor quick changes in elevation.

    Given that this is a government project, you can expect $45 million to be spent on the assessment, and a price tag of about $60 billion.

    I’m only speaking for myself, with the public information I looked at today.

  • Clink9

    Who the hell would ever use it?

    • David Murrell

      Lawyers and news reporters on the Liberal payroll.

      • Clink9

        What an awful joke on the taxpayers. Take the 401 or Porter Airlines.

        Zero need for this.

    • canminuteman

      Rail is a nineteenth century mode of transportation. Other than commuter trains there is no demand for trains in Canada.

      If you have to drive to the train station in Windsor, take the train to Toronto, get off it wherever it is and make your way to wherever you need to go, you might as well just drive.

      With modern methods of communications fewer people will need to travel in the future anyway.

    • WalterBannon

      liberal crooks for lining their pockets with payolla

  • David Murrell

    Even the Liberal-bootlicking CBC News opposes this boondoggle:

  • WalterBannon

    Who the hell even goes to Windsor often enough to, and in enough numbers of these imaginary travelers, to justify a rail link?

    She is a complete idiot and this is malfeasance

  • Okay, Kathleen – who is going to pay for it?

  • DMB

    This is not including the nearly $1 billion cost she has promised to the city of Hamilton for its purposed light rail transit system that provides additional transportation on one route while the city will continue to use buses on that same route making this a very expensive vanity project.

    • tom_billesley

      It sounds as well thought out as the Edinburgh Tram project, finished after huge cost overruns, and now underused.

  • tom_billesley

    Look at the HS2 in England as an object lesson. Projected cost currently £56 billion, up from £33 billion in 2010. More than £1 billion has already been spent on route studies and consultation, without anyone picking up a spade.