VIA Rail to invest $34.4 million in Windsor-Quebec City station improvement projects

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STAFF WRITER – The Ontario Construction Report

VIA rail has announced a $34.4 million investment for improvements in stations and maintenance facilities in the Windsor-Quebec City rail corridor.

A news release says the investment will be allocated to several projects as part of the overall infrastructure initiative announced in the federal budget.

There will be repairs and upgrades to various mechanical and electrical systems, heating and ventilation, roof replacement, and water treatment systems in Toronto and Montreal. As well, at stations in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, upgrades will be made to various mechanical and electrical systems, heating and ventilation, roof replacement, and platform improvements.

“This investment allows Via Rail’s rail corridor infrastructure to remain safe and secure while at the same time improving the passenger experience by making it more accessible and efficient for everyday Canadians,” federal transport minister Marc Garneau said in a statement.

The news release says the federal government provided more than $395 million in annual funding in 2015-2016 for Via’s operating and capital needs. Another $444.9 million has been earmarked for 2016-2017, including this $34.4 million.

“Our services provide an accessible and affordable alternative to cars,” Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, the president and chief executive officer of Via Rail Canada, said in the announcement. “The funds announced today support the necessary shift we need to make towards a more sustainable transportation system.”

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