20% of the park of Via Rail will be obsolete by 2024

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111 rail cars and locomotives will need to be replaced gradually beginning in 2018 until 2024.

Within seven years, 20% of the park of Via Rail will be taken out of service.


This is revealed by a document signed by the federal minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, in response to a member’s question néodémocrate Robert Aubin.


Via Rail account 495 cars and locomotives to serve its Quebec city-Windsor corridor. Of this number, 111 need to be replaced gradually beginning in 2018 until 2024.


“In this type of project, 2024, it is tomorrow morning,” said the spokesperson néodémocrate in terms of transport, Robert Aubin.


“And even more shouting, and the services that are offered in the Windsor-Quebec city corridor may be the most affected as early as 2020 because it is here that we find a greater concentration of locomotives and wagons. “


These cars and locomotives in the rail carrier average more than 40 years, while their useful life is expected to vary between 25 and 30 years.


It’s been almost a year, the State-owned company rang the alarm bells. She wrote in a report delivered to the minister, Garneau that it required a major restructuring, without which it would no longer be able to fulfill its mandate.


The government had taken note of this cry from the heart and delivered 7.7 million to Via Rail for studies on the renewal of its fleet and the improvement of safety at level crossings and in stations.


The renewal of the cars and locomotives of the carrier within the framework of its project to train high frequency would cost $ 1.5 billion. This project consists of the construction of a dedicated lane for passenger trains in the Windsor-Quebec city corridor.


Via Rail currently share the CN rail line used mainly for freight. Freight trains have precedence over passenger trains, and this has a negative impact on the reliability of the service of the State company.


Robert Aubin calls the minister Garneau to make a decision, all the more that the use of the train could help Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as it has committed to do so in the framework of the Paris agreement on climate.

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