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    General railway discussions

    Churchill is great in the niche it has filled: bulk, heavy cargo that is not very time sensitive.
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    General railway discussions

    Yeah. I suspect 15 years from now there will have been a huge recapitalization and expansion with large government involvement. Think P3 projects to add capacity where the railroads only pay for the capacity they use on the new sections, until a specified date in the future when the assets can...
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    VIA Rail

    The Skeena on arrival at Jasper yesterday evening.
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    VIA Rail

    Why does it matter? Do we care about structure or outcome?
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    VIA Rail

    Is this not the case today?
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    VIA Rail

    I don’t really get why people are surprised (old news) or concerned (shed a tear for people with VIA loyalty points?).
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    VIA Rail

    Yup. Lots of examples in the west (even if some interactions involved protracted court cases). Absence makes the heart grow stronger perhaps. Or experience makes finding a price easier, and helps set realistic expectations from both sides.
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    General railway discussions

    That ferry has a subsidy from the NS government.
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    General railway discussions

    The PEI bridge availability payment is paid by the feds, hence likely not discriminating. Likely the PEI government had a longstanding arrangement to help medical patients and they likely pay a shadow toll to support that.
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    General railway discussions

    The service is modeled on the service to Zermatt. There is a commuter market, and there is also a desire that if Alberta public funds are going in, to have a Alberta public benefit. (Alberta is expected to make a yearly availability payment, the Canada component is a concessionary loan) The...
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    General railway discussions

    It would be by far the cheapest way to get to Banff, beyond the seasonal, weekend only, "On-It" bus which will only take a single bag, and doesn't go to the airport.
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    VIA Rail

    Those that point to the UK failures I would say: we can learn from the failures. Just like eglinton crosstown has learned from the tfl failures.
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    VIA Rail

    Here you’re stuck in the mentality that privatization means not regulated and subsidized by government to provide services of a certainty quality and a certain cost. You could privatize via rail tomorrow, and 99% of people would have no idea it was done. None at all. Go Transit’s rail...
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    VIA Rail

    The CN line has many of the same problems as the CP line, while having the additional issues which you identify while being a longer distance. I believe the CN line is up from 8 trains a day regularly after the opening of the Conrich intermodal. Certainly not the CP’s ~18-20, but not nothing...
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    VIA Rail

    Really depends if you have disused freight lines in useful locations. Calgary and Edmonton though cited above, do not have a disused or abandoned line between them.

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