TORONTO — Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has issued a Request for Bids to develop the environmental assessment terms of reference for the Kitchener-Waterloo to London portion of a proprosed high-speed rail (HSR) corridor.
The terms of reference will provide a framework for planning and the environmental assessment of the project, including assessing how stations are built, track locations, energy requirements, expected ridership and parking needs. New train and safety standards will be developed with Transport Canada given that the new service would be Ontario’s first HSR project.
The proposed stops for the service are Windsor, Chatham, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Toronto Union Station, with a connection to Pearson International Airport. Ontario’s special advisor on the project David Collenette has recommended the Kitchener to Toronto section of the service be built first.