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CPCS awarded federal contract to study passenger rail service in Ontario

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Findings to inform Canadian government how to improve passenger rail service in southwestern Ontario.

The study in brief: The year-long CPCS-led rail transportation study to entail “examining present and future passenger rail demand, evaluating existing routes, identifying options for new alignments as needed, and providing a financial analysis,” announced Canada’s Transport Minister.

Key points:

  • CPCS to lead study in association with engineering firm WSP
  • Study to look at how to deliver more frequent round trips, shorter travel times and improved on-time performance
  • Official findings to be submitted by the end of 2023 to Government of Canada
  • Conducting public transportation studies globally among core CPCS expertise


“CPCS values high-impact projects that involves improving Canada’s passenger rail system through evidence and analysis, and ultimately lead to better rail access and economic competitiveness in southwestern Ontario.”

“Rail analysis and strategic planning are at the heart of our expertise.”

Adrian Lightstone, Global Director, Major Projects Unit, CPCS

Context: In August 2022, Canada’s Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced that Canada would be hiring an external advisor to examine the business case for better and faster rail service from Toronto through southwestern Ontario.

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