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Via Rail is getting $71 million in federal cash — some through Transport Canada and some from an infrastructure financing agency — to help its plan to build dedicated tracks for faster, more frequent service in Ontario and Quebec.
The details unveiled Tuesday show that some of the money will fund work to make sure that Via trains can seamlessly move between any new dedicated tracks and local transit systems in Montreal and Toronto.
For Montreal, that includes running Via trains along the electric-rail system under construction, known best by its French acronym REM, which the Canada Infrastructure Bank is also financing.
The rail company wants to build a new, multibillion-dollar network of dedicated passenger-rail lines so its trains will no longer have to yield to freight trains on borrowed tracks.
The infrastructure bank money, totalling $55 million, will be largely used for environmental assessment, consultations with Indigenous communities and a technical and financial review to help the government make a final funding decision.
This article first appeared on www.cbc.ca
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