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    VIA Rail

    FRA regulations already allow mixed (i.e. shared tracks with freight trains) operations up to 160 mph [256 km/h] (the proposed increase from 150 mph seems to have been adopted in 2019): Source: FRA (2017)
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    VIA Rail

    I have to admit that I'm a bit undecided here as to which of your suggestions is more absurd: That VIA Exec's might travel by plane between Montreal and Ottawa or that they should be required to travel every single route at least once a year. Just for the laugh, traveling VIA's entire network...
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    VIA Rail

    They ceased being a Crown Corporation when they were privatized in 1995, just like Air Canada was in 1988: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/what-are-crown-corporations-and-why-do-they-exist-1.1135699
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    VIA Rail

    Call me old-fashioned, but I would call committing to an infrastructure project, which can only be properly used with a rolling stock type which does not currently exist, rather risky, if not to use the word: insane…
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    VIA Rail

    Has anyone heard any indication of how Alstom plans to overcome the hostility of CN and CP against any use of overhead line equipment (OLE) within their ROW? Or are they planning to build the world‘s first 300 km/h fast high-speed trainset which doesn’t depend on continuous electrification...
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    VIA Rail

    It also seems like a strange response to such an open-ended project which almost explicitly invites you to completely reimagine it around your own vision: „Your project sucks, do this instead!“
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    VIA Rail

    To anyone wondering how much engineering & design work has been invested into this proposal, it helps to compare the lofty promises for Montreal-Ottawa (while showing a map which follows every single kink of the Alexandria Sub) with the results achieved on the Frankfurt-Cologne HSL: Metric...
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    VIA Rail

    Nobody stops anglophone newspapers to pick up and report on stories published by their francophone peers...
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    VIA Rail

    This is also how I would interpret the Email, since “products” seems to refer to the “eligible optional products” mentioned further above:
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    VIA Rail

    Ontario Northland’s add-on order for Siemens’ production line for VIA certainly comes to mind, though it’s probably much more complex to adjust Amtrak’s specifications to VIA’s need, but on the other hand, we are talking about much more than just 3 locomotives and 9 cars, which makes a larger...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    From the Region of Waterloo's own Planning and Works committee (skip to page 113 in the PDF): One just has to look at a map to figure out which alignment connects all three constituent cities of Cambridge (Galt, Hespeler and Preston) over a length of 24 km to the closest CMA and which one just...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    With the Galt Sub being part of CP‘s Toronto-Chicago spine, it would be terribly expensive to extend the Milton line to Cambridge, with basically no major settlement en-route. Much better to build a branch from the Kitchener Corridor by reactivating the Fergus Sub from Guelph, which allows...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I don‘t think that anyone questions the benefit of scheduling a small buffer between the events „doors are getting closed“ rather than the strange insistence that passengers somehow care about the timing of the latter event more than about that of the one which actually determines whether they...
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    VIA Rail

    Thank you for recognizing the progress (and success) my former colleagues have made between 2014 and 2019, but how many "regional rail networks" have ever offered checked baggage service? The changes you've listed have been implemented in the entire global passenger rail industry and you really...
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    VIA Rail

    Martin Landry had already announced his decision to retire as Chief Commercial Officer when he was asked last year to act as CEO (after the resignation of Cynthia Garneau) until the federal government fills that role again…
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Commercially (i.e. in terms of contractual commitments), it certainly is a different, independent order. Logistically (i.e. in terms of train design and production schedule), it indeed seems as if Siemens produces 3 additional trainsets from the VIA production line, just only with 3 cars each...
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    VIA Rail

    As a formerly regular passenger on board the Eurostar (studied 3 years in the UK and visited my parents in Germany during each semester break), I recall that the UK border police sometimes didn't just check passport of all passengers before boarding the train in Brussels, but also again after...
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    VIA Rail

    German trains only show booked origin and destination station for any passengers on a given seat, but certainly no personal information, as such information (except age for international journeys) are not collected (except for payment purposes and identification purposes when the online ticket...
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    VIA Rail

    I've only ever seen (or heard of) that on Irish Rail, but I imagine that especially female passengers might fear to get stalked after the trip. However, you can use the name section to "customize" your name tag: You can find more humorous train name tags here...
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    Metrolinx: Other Items (catch all)

    6A looks strikingly similar to the Ontario Line... :)

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